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PAC: Join & Enjoy

By Mary Adair Trumbly

The Highlands Performing Arts Center’s concert season promises to rock the walls with music and laughter.

The Highlands Performing Arts Center has unveiled a full spectrum of concerts for its 2019 season.

First up, visit the PAC for bluegrass with the internationally-acclaimed Mark O’Connor Band on Sunday, June 16.

The following Friday and Saturday, June 21 and 22, brings back Travis LeDoyt’s Tribute to Elvis. (June 21 & 22)

To round out June, it’s “Broadway’s Next Hit Musical” on June 29.

“Broadway’s Next Hit Musical” is the only unscripted theatrical awards show. Have you heard of The Tony awards? Well, “Broadway’s Next Hit Musical” is The Phony Awards! The audience members write down made up song titles and the master improvisers gather these suggestions and present them as “nominated songs” for this coveted award. The performers create spontaneous scenes and songs filled with great dancing, catchy melodies, and tons of laughter. The audience votes for their favorite song and watches as the cast turns that song into a full blown improvised musical – complete with memorable characters, witty dialogue, and frantic plot.

Jumping to September, look for Jason Petty’s “Hank WIlliams and My Honky Tonk Heroes” on September 14. Petty re-creates such Williams hits as “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” “Your Cheatin’ Heart,” “Hey Good Lookin’, “ “Kaw-Liga,” “Cold Cold Heart,” “Lovesick Blues” and many more. But this astonishing show is more than just a Hank Williams tribute. Petty pays tribute to stars that influenced Hank and those stars that Hank influenced. Backed by an authentic four-piece band, “Hank and My Honky Tonk Heroes” will make you smile, make you cry, and make you clap your hands.

Sunday, September 29, features the Rat Pack of Opera: Tenors Unlimited from the UK. Start your Holiday season the Friday after Thanksgiving with “Christmas with Maureen McGovern.”

How do you get tickets early for the concerts you don’t want to miss? Simply become a member of the Highlands Performing Arts Center. All members get a one month advanced opportunity to select and reserve seats before tickets go on sale to the general public, and a 15 percent discount on all tickets purchased. With six levels of Membership, the benefits escalate to include membership tickets, beverage tickets, a Reserved Parking Space for PAC Concerts, a pre-concert party for you and your friends, and many other benefits.

For more information, call (828) 526-9047 or visit highlandspac.org.

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