A Grand lineup

2014-15 season opens Sept. 5 with country artist Larry Gatlin

By Jim Carroll Published:

The Grand Theatre has announced a diverse lineup for its 2014-15 season, which begins Sept. 5 when Larry Gatlin performs.

“Our patrons give us a lot of positive feedback about the wide variety of our offerings,” said Grand president Bill Cull. “We strive to have something for every taste.”

It is that diversity that helps the Grand continue to grow as a tourism resource, he said. The downtown performing arts center continues to see an increasing number of ticket sales from beyond Franklin County.

Season preview
Topping the new season will be blues master Robert Cray and his band, Oct. 6. A multiple Grammy Award winner, Cray has been called one of the greatest guitarists of his generation.

A member of the Blues Hall of Fame, Cray has collaborated with legends from Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan to Bonnie Raitt and John Lee Hooker.

The legendary sound of Motown has pleased Grand audiences across its five years as a performing arts center. This season will be no exception, as the Frankfort community welcomes Martha and the Vandellas, featuring Martha Reeves, Nov. 14.

The group is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its classic hit “Dancing in the Street.” Other hits sure to get the Frankfort audience members out of their seats will be signature songs such as “(Love is Like a) Heat Wave,” “Jimmy Mack” and “Nowhere to Run.”

Popular country music singer Gatlin gained fame as a member of The Gatlin Brothers and later became a successful solo artist. In addition to his singing career, Gatlin has appeared on Broadway and hosts his own radio show.

The hard-driving electric blues of Chicago will resound through the auditorium as the Blues Brothers Revue performs April 9. This tribute group features the sights and sounds of the iconic movie characters Jake and Elwood Blues, performing standards such as “Soul Man” and “Sweet Home Chicago.”

Sketch comedy
Chicago’s venerable improvisational comedy troupe Second City has been the proving ground of an amazing list of performers, from Alan Arkin and David Steinberg to John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd to Tina Fey and Stephen Colbert. The Grand presents the Second City national touring company, Sept. 19.

One of the Big Band era’s most popular groups will be featured this season as the Grand presents The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, under the direction of Terry Myers, Oct. 27.

Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam comes to town Nov. 7, fronted by a Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame member and co-founder of one of the most popular groups of the 1960s, Traffic.

Musical influences as varied as classic blues and cabaret music dating from the 1920s will be in evidence as the Grand presents The Turtle Island Quartet Sept. 23, with special guest Nellie McKay. Turtle Island comes with a unique blend of chamber music traditions with contemporary musical influences.

The high-energy, hard-charging blue-eyed soul of Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels is set to perform May 8. Expect to hear hits such as “Devil with the Blue Dress On” and “Sock it to me, Baby.”

The Grand also will present the Olney Theatre Center’s presentation of a stage adaption of Harper Lee’s classic novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” March 5.

The Popovich Comedy Pet Theatre, featuring a cast of jugglers, clowns and a menagerie of cats, dogs, geese and the like is sure to appeal to the entire family, April 29.

The central Kentucky-based blues supergroup Tin Can Buddha was a huge hit during the 2013-14 season. The Grand will present the group for a return performance Oct. 17.

Local offerings
Also returning to the Grand is the popular local group Stirfry Musette. Stirfry offers up an upbeat blend of original, Americana and Gypsy music Jan. 16.

The Bluegrass Theatre Guild will celebrate the holiday season with a stage production of the Charles Dickens’ classic, “A Christmas Carol,” for four performances, Dec. 4-7.

About tickets
Season tickets for the entire 14-show schedule vary from $276 to $468, depending on seat location. Season tickets may be purchased by calling the ticket office at 502-352-7469 or by visiting the office at 312 W. Main St., weekdays between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

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