The Meherrin River Arts Council has announced its 2020 annual concert series, and this year it features another terrific lineup. From country music stars and bands that blend a vibrant fusion of jazz, swing, and Dixieland, to a tribute to The Beatles, and one of America’s Got Talent Champions, the season is filled with amazing entertainers.
On Jan. 11, the MRAC opens the 2020 season with The Texas Tenors. The Texas Tenors are the most successful music group and third highest-selling artist in the history of America’s Got Talent. Since appearing on the show in 2009, JC, Marcus and John have released four studio albums, two PBS specials, four DVDs, multiple singles and a children’s book that have earned them impressive recognition including three Emmy Awards, The Gelett Burgess Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature and the distinction of being Billboard Magazine’s 2017 No. 10 Classical Crossover Artist in the World. Their most recent albums, “Rise” and “A Collection of Broadway and American Classics,” both debuted at No.1 on the Billboard Classical Chart.
These classically-trained, versatile tenors have performed more than 1,300 concerts around the world, including headline shows in Las Vegas, China, and a 24-city tour in the United Kingdom.
Country music star Rodney Atkins joins the series on Feb. 8. Rodney Atkins’ storied career has reached such heights as being named the Top New Male Vocalist at the 2006 ACM awards and seeing his single “Watching You” become the “No. 1 Song of the Decade” according to Country Aircheck. His fifth studio album, Caught Up in the Country, reveals an artist who is confident enough to know that making your best music can require patience and experimentation. With six No. 1 singles, eight top five singles, and over 13 million units sold, Atkins sees that his track record validates his approach.
His hit songs include “These Are My People,” “It’s America,” and “Take a Back Road.”
On Mar. 21 the MRAC stage will be filled with the incredible music of The Beatles. Since the early 1980s, “1964”…The Tribute has been thrilling audiences around the globe by taking them on a journey through a quintessential moment in music history that will live forever.
Over 20 years of researching and performing have made “1964” masters of their craft.
They are hailed by critics and fans alike as the most authentic and endearing Beatles tribute….which has earned them the distinction from Rolling Stone Magazine as the “Best Beatles Tribute on Earth.” “1964” recreates the early ‘60s live Beatles concert with period instruments, clothing, hairstyles, and onstage banter with an accuracy that is unmatched.
Closing out the 2020 season on Apr. 25 is Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy blends a vibrant fusion of the classic American sounds of jazz, swing, and Dixieland, with the energy and spirit of contemporary culture. Formed in California, the band’s first phase of stardom featured an appearance in the 1996 indie film Swingers, a movie that launched the careers of Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau. Since then, the band’s music has appeared in countless films, and television shows, including Despicable Me, Friends, Third Rock From The Sun, Ally McBeal, and So You Think You Can Dance. They have appeared live on Dancing With The Stars, had a remarkable seven appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and performed on the Super Bowl XXXIII Halftime Show. Its notable singles include “Go Daddy-O,” “You & Me & the Bottle Makes 3 Tonight (Baby),” and “Mr. Pinstripe Suit.”
Meherrin River Arts Council series and individual performance tickets can be purchased through the MRAC box office. Additional MRAC information is available on their web site located at www.mrac-arts.com or by calling 434-634-6001.
All performances take place at the Emporia Greensville Performing Arts Center in Emporia.