The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

June 20, 2013

Piney Woods Fine Arts Association announces its 2013-14 season

By MARY RAINWATER
Palestine Herald-Press

CROCKETT — The Piney Woods Fine Arts Association recently announced its 23rd season of bringing the best in the performing arts to East Texas including a polka festival, county music artists and a tribute to the music and events of the 1960s.

“This season is sure to entertain and delight all audiences,” PWFAA Associate Producer Glenn Barnhart said. “Season ticket holders are encouraged to renew their seats now to assure they get the seats they want for every show!”

Kicking off the PWFAA Signature Series is the Piney Woods Polka Festival, featuring the Grammy-winning polka band, Brave Combo, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 at the Houston County Airport.

“Brave Combo is a polka/rock band that has been a prominent fixture in the Texas music scene for more than 25 years,” Barnhart said. “Festival attendees will be able to show off their best chicken dance and enjoy the Beer Garden and authentic German cuisine.”

General admission tickets for the Polka Festival are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. The concert is sponsored by Renaissance Surgery Center & Cutshaw Chevrolet and funded in part by a grant from the Texas Commission for the Arts.

Other Signature Series events include:

• “This is the 60s” — Taking place on Saturday, Oct. 19, “This is the 60s” is the a multimedia stage experience that explores the events that shaped the music and the music that helped shape the events of one of the world’s most turbulent periods.

The show features the music of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, The Dave Clark Five, The Monkees, The Mamas & The Papas, The Supremes, Simon & Garfunkel, Jefferson Airplane, Cream, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, The Temptations, Three Dog Night …and many others.

Tickets start at $32.

• “Godspell” — The Broadway revival of Stephen Schwartz’s “Godspell” will hit the road for a national tour during the 2013-14 season and arrive at the Crockett Civic Center on Friday, Nov. 29.

The Gospel According to St. Matthew is presented in a series of skits and songs, with Jesus and his disciples presented as loving clowns, in this musical featuring songs by Stephen Schwartz.

Tickets start at $32.

• Neil McCoy Christmas — Back by popular demand after a March 2006 sold-out show, East Texas’ own Neil McCoy will be presenting his second performance in Crockett during a Christmas concert on Saturday, Dec. 14.

“McCoy is no stranger to the country music industry,” Barnhart said. “His career has landed him three Platinum albums, one Gold album, and five number one hit singles including ‘No Doubt About It,’ ‘The Shake’ and ‘Wink.’”  

Tickets start at $37.

• Sinbad — Named one of the top comedians of all time, the audience is an essential part of Sinbad’s 90-minute show scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 25 in Crockett.

“The man was hysterically funny from start to finish and put on a great show,” Barnhart said. “You'll have a great time and an evening full of laughs and good times.”

Tickets start at $37.    

• St. Petersburg String Quartet — One of the world's leading string quartets, Grammy-nominated St. Petersburg String Quartet will perform in an intimate special Valentine Day concert on Friday, Feb. 14 at a soon to be disclosed location.

General admission tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door; the location will be announced at a later date.

• “Ballroom with a Twist” — “Dancing with the Stars” pros are joined by “American Idol” finalists with “So You Think You Can Dance” finalists in the Friday, March 21 show.

“Watching the cha-cha rattle on the television screen is one thing, but getting up-close and live is a whole other ballgame,” Barnhart said. “As if the jaw-dropping dancers aren't enough to keep you oogling at smooth moves and high kicks, several of your favorite ‘American Idol’ finalists join the bill with their powerhouse hit songs.”

Tickets start at $32.

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The PWYAA has three events slated in its “Special Events” series, including a Fourth of July Celebration featuring Herman’s Hermits frontman Peter Noone and followed by a patriotic fireworks show.

Founded in Manchester in 1963, Herman’s Hermits made a name for themselves and Noone keeps that spirit alive in performing some of their most popular hits including “I’m into Something Good,” “Wonderful World,”  “There’s a Kind of Hush,” “Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter,” and the audience favorite, “Henry the Eighth, I Am..”

Tickets start at $32 and student tickets are $17.

Other special events include:

• Robert Earl Keen — Texas-born Americana Music artist Robert Earl Keen will present a concert on Friday, Aug. 30.

The performer and master songster is known for such all-time hits as “The Road Goes On Forever,” “The Rose Hotel,” “Feeling Good Again,” “Corpus Christi Bay” and “Merry Christmas from the Family.”  

“Known for his biting wit and ability to spin a good yarn in his tunes and in conversation, Keen has been a strong presence in the Texas country-music scene,” Barnhart said. “But Keen doesn’t relegate himself to a single genre. Folk, rock, and bluegrass are also in his repertoire.”

Tickets start at $32 and there will also be an expanded concession menu with adult beverages available.

• “Grits & Glamour” — Two of country music's most notable female artists Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan have joined together for a show they have dubbed “Grits and Glamour” and are bringing that show to Crockett on Saturday, March 22.

Sharing the stage in a way that lets them tell stories before they launch into their hits, such as Morgan's “Something in Red,” “What Part of No,” “Watch Me,” and Tillis' “Maybe it was Memphis,” Don't Tell Me What to Do” and “Shake the Sugar Tree.”  

Tickets start at $37.

The 2013-14 season is presented by PWFAA in association with the Houston County Courier, County Life magazine, KIVY/KMVL radio and The Messenger. Sponsors include Dean Insurance, Callaway Allee, Brookshire Brothers, Driskell & Associates, Houston County Electrical Cooperative, Lilly Family McDonalds, the Wilma Foote Music Club, Citizens National Bank, Walmart, Crockett Coca Cola Bottling Company, Treehouse Academy and S&G Enterprises.

Season ticket holders get first pick at the reserved seats for the Signature Series and the Special Events.

Tickets for the seven performance “Signature Series” at the Crockett Civic Center start at $135, with students 18 and younger 1/2 price.

The deadline for season ticket renewals and for new contributors to buy tickets to Robert Earl Keen and Pam Tillis/Lorrie Morgan before they go on sale to the general public is July 5.

“In addition, the Association asks that you call the office if you are interested in becoming a contributor for the first time and find out more about the benefits,” Barnhart said. “Contributions cover more than 45 percent of our total operating budget and not only help to bring world class performers to the stage but support a wide array of education programs the Association presents.”

All tickets can be purchased online at www.pwfaa.org. There are no refunds, no exchanges and no exceptions.

For more information call the Piney Woods Fine Arts office at 936-544-4276 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday-Friday. The office is located at 603 E. Goliad, Suite 203 in Crockett.



Mary Rainwater may be reached via e-mail at mrainwater@palestineherald.com