Upcoming shows at the Grand Theatre are sure to entertain

By Jim Carroll/Grand Theatre Volunteer Published:

The Grand Theatre’s upcoming season will offer shows that embrace music, social commentary, dance and even nature. Season and individual tickets are on sale now.

Perhaps the most distinctive offering is the Jack Hanna “Into the Wild” Show, an unscripted, action-packed evening designed to spotlight rare and exotic animal species. It’s set for April 11, 2013.

Another highlight is a rare regional appearance by Ladysmith Black Mambazo on Feb. 12. For more than 40 years, this a cappella male choir from Durban, South Africa, has captivated audiences around the world.

The Grand auditorium will rock with songs such as “Good Lovin’,” “Groovin,” and “It’s a Beautiful Morning” when Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals take the stage Oct. 26 for two shows.

Guitar wizard Tommy Emmanuel will make a much-anticipated return appearance to the Grand on Sept. 25. His last concert here drew an enthusiastic response.

1964: The Tribute will re-create the excitement and energy of The Fab Four at their peak on Oct. 4.

Nashville recording artist Mandy Barnett will present selections by the immortal Patsy Cline, as well as a variety of hits from other country artists on March 1.

Livingston Taylor is a musical storyteller who has toured for 40 years as a solo act and with artists such as Linda Ronstadt and Jimmy Buffett. Like his brother James, he is a natural performer with a wide range of musical influences and is taking the Grand stage on April 26.

Frankfort’s own Stirfry Musette will serve up an exciting mixture of Celtic, gypsy jazz and Latin acoustic music on Jan. 25. The group consists of Jeff Ellis (guitar), Joanna Hay (violin), Ben Griffith (bass), and Bill May (drums). They will be joined in this appearance by violinist Molly Rogers and guitarist Jeri Katherine Howell.

Texas singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen will open the 2012-13 season on Sept. 11. Keen is a member of the Texas Heritage Songwriters Association Hall of Fame.

The Brotherhood is an a cappella gospel group that performs in the tradition of the Dixie Hummingbirds and The Soul Stirrers. The group comes to town on Jan. 11.

Actor, musician and writer Henry Rollins will make a stop at the Grand as part of a 50-state tour presenting a monologue called “Capitalism” on Oct. 12.

Dance Kaleidoscope will pay homage to Frank Sinatra in a presentation called “Old Blue Eyes: Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack” on Feb. 15.

Frankfort’s Bluegrass Theatre Guild will present the holiday comedy “Christmas Belles” Dec. 6-9.

Comedian Etta May will bring her homespun, distinctly Southern humor to the Grand on Nov. 16. She frequently appears on CMT.

ABOUT TICKETS

Season tickets for the entire 14-show schedule vary from $240.30 to $432.00 depending on seat locations. Season tickets may be purchased by calling the ticket office at 352-7469, by visiting the office at 312 W. Main St. weekdays between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. or by purchasing online at www.grandtheatrefrankfort.org. Individual tickets also are available at the box office or online.

Grand Theatre season Schedule

Robert Earl Keen Sept. 11

Tommy Emmanuel Sept. 25

1964: The Tribute Oct. 4

Henry Rollins Oct. 12

Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals Oct. 26

(2 shows)

Etta May Nov. 16

BTG “Christmas Belles” Dec. 6-9

The Brotherhood Jan. 11

Stirfry Musette Jan. 25

Ladysmith Black Mambazo Feb. 12

Dance Kaleidoscope Feb. 15

Mandy Barnett March 1

Jack Hanna “Into the Wild” April 11

Livingston Taylor April 26

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