Idaho State University will host a range of entertainment during the 2014-15 “A Season of Note” series, opening with the Oak Ridge Boys on Sep. 25.
Concerts include Josh Turner Oct. 23, Collin Ray and BJ Thomas Acoustical Performance Feb. 6 and Neil Diamond, The Tribute, April 8.
“This season of ‘A Season of Note’ will be very entertaining,” said George Casper, ISU Director of Events. “Each performance is very diverse and will bring their own style of performance to the Stephens Performing Arts Center.”
All performances will be held at the Stephen’s Performing Arts Center and start at 7:30 p.m.
Season tickets go on sale Aug. 1 and there are three different season packages available. Package A, which is the full season, is $230 for main level seating and $200 for upper seating. Package B includes The Oak Ridge Boys, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Kurt Bestor Christmas and William Joseph with Teton Chamber Orchestra, and is $135 for main level seating, $115 for upper seating. Package C includes Josh Turner, Kurt Bestor Christmas, Collin Raye and BJ Thomas and Neil Diamond – The Tribute and is $135 for the main level and $115 for upper seating. Postage and handling is an additional $4.
Tickets range in price from $20 to $51 depending on the show and seat selection. Individual tickets are available for purchase on Aug. 15 and can be purchased over the phone at (208) 282-3595 or online at www.isu.edu/tickets. Tickets are also available at Vickers Western Stores and the Pond Student Union. Postage and handling is an additional $4.
The upcoming shows are:
• Sept. 25 – The Oak Ridge Boys- ($45, $40)
The Oak Ridge Boys have one of the most distinctive and recognizable sounds in country music. The four-part harmonies and upbeat songs of The Oak Ridge Boys have spawned dozens of country hits and a No. 1 pop smash and have earned them a Grammy, Dove, Country Music Awards and Academy of Country Music awards. The band brings four decades of charted singles, and 50 years of tradition to their widely acknowledged shows. Each Oak Ridge Boy remains as enthusiastic about the process as they have ever been.
• Oct. 23 – Josh Turner- ($51, $47, $42)
One of country music’s most recognizable hit-makers has earned numerous CMA, ACM and Grammy nominations since the release of his debut album, Long Black Train. Josh Turner has sold more than five million albums and garnered four No. 1 hits (including three multi-week chart toppers): “Your Man,” “Would You Go With Me,” and “Why Don’t We Just Dance.” His song, “All Over Me,” from his album Haywire also reached the top spot on the charts, making him one of only seven country artists to have two No.1 hits in 2010.
Turner released his fifth studio album, Punching Bag on June 12, 2012, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart. The debut single, “Time is Love” was No. 1 on the Best of 2012 Billboard Country Chart. The Associated Press says, “With Punching Bag, Turner once again proves he ranks among the most effective – and most hard-core – country performers of his generation.”
• Nov. 8 – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band- ($39, $35)
The iconic and influential Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, often cited as a catalyst for an entire movement in county rock and American roots music, continues to add to their legendary status. With multi-platinum and gold records, strings of top 10 hits such as “Fishin’ In The Dark” and “Mr. Bojangles,” and multiple Grammy, International Bluegrass Music Association awards, CMA awards and nominations, the band’s accolades continue to accumulate. Their groundbreaking “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” album has been inducted into the U.S. Library of Congress as well as the Grammy Hall of Fame. NGDB’s recording of “Mr. Bojangles” was also inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2010.
• Dec. 16 – Kurt Bestor Christmas- ($38, $32)
Nobody does Christmas better than Kurt Bestor: From his magical, starry stage to the featured musicians, to invited guests and Bestor’s own playing, to the arrangements that add such texture and layers to Christmas songs. Bestor has been performing sold out Christmas shows for more than 20 years, as he is best known for his innovative interpretation of season carols found in his popular five-CD boxed set “The Complete Kurt Bestor Christmas.”
• Feb. 6 – Collin Raye and BJ Thomas Acoustical Performance- ($38, $32)
Collin Raye and BJ Thomas will appear for an evening of acoustic music. Raye has 24 top 10 records, 16 No. 1 hits, and has been a 10-time male vocalist of the year nominee. He is an electrifying performer and remains one of the great voices of all time. His soulful delivery has set country standards in ballads as “Love, Me,” “In This Life,” “Not That Different” and “If I Were You.”
Thomas, who has sold more than 70 million records, has produced 15 Top 40 pop hits, 10 Top 40 country hits and has five Grammys, two Dove awards and 15 gold and platinum records. Fans frequently approach Thomas to thank him for the impact of his songs ranging from “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head” to country hits like “New Looks From An Old Lover.”
• March 7 – William Joseph with Teton Chamber Orchestra- ($25, $20)
Pianist-composer-performer William Joseph’s career took off when he met David Forester, the 16-time Grammy-winning songwriter, composer and producer who has worked with Barbara Streisand and Celine Dion. William’s sound, which is described as ‘cinematic pop’ has earned this young performer a growing number of fans who appreciate what he brings to his live performances and to his most recent album titled Beyond. His vigorous playing style has given him the chance to perform with Natalie Cole, Kenny G, John Mayer and Alicia Keys.
• April 8 – Neil Diamond- The Tribute; Featuring Rob Garrett, King of Diamonds- ($25, $20)
Longtime Las Vegas performer and Legends in Concert Alumni, Rob Garrett is America’s No. 1 Neil Diamond tribute artist. From Las Vegas to Honolulu, to New York, to Berlin, Germany, Garrett has come to be known as the “King of Diamonds” – performing throughout more cities than other celebrity impersonators. Garrett manages to naturally capture the presence, passion and energy of the legendary Neil Diamond.