From Neil Diamond to Chicago to dance and drama; 2017-18 schedule varied

With nine shows being presented in the 2018-2019 Center Series, this season is being hailed as one of the best ever.

Nine shows are scheduled, with an unusual variety of music and entertainment.

To claim season seats call the box office at 218-736-5453. The season subscription will also be available for purchase online at www.fergusarts.org on April 9.

Dailey & Vincent. Saturday, October 13, 7:30 p.m. Grand Ole Opry Members, Five-time GRAMMY® award winners individually, three-time GRAMMY® award nominees collectively, four-time DOVE Award winners, and winners of 35 IBMA Awards altogether (including 3- time IBMA Entertainer of the Year Award winners and 3- Time Vocal Group of the Year Award winners), Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent, backed by one of the best bands on tour today, are some of the most reputable and elite entertainers in American music; bluegrass, traditional country and gospel music. Now on Season 3 of their nationally broadcast television series, “The Dailey & Vincent Show on RFD-TV,” Dailey & Vincent bring their music to a national audience on a weekly basis. After a decade spent performing together and with over 1,000 airings of their PBS special “Dailey & Vincent ALIVE – In Concert,” their work has gained them well-deserved praise for their own distinctive style and worldwide recognition as American Music gold.

Ishmael. Friday, October 26, 7:30 p.m. This theatrical piece tells the tale of a restless country school teacher who decides a sea voyage could be the change of pace he needs. Blinded by a thirst for adventure, he signs onto a three-year whaling trip with a Captain he’s never met, and quickly finds himself in over his head. Drawing freely from Herman Melville’s classic novel, MOBY DICK, a single actor and three bluegrass musicians conjure a funny, thoughtful, harrowing play about one man’s drive to see the world and another man’s insatiable quest to destroy it
and the spirit it takes to survive it all.

Mandy Harvey. Saturday, November 10, 7:30 p.m. Her message is universal. Hope, Dream, Believe, no matter what… Mandy Harvey is an award-winning deaf American singer-songwriter, and inspirational speaker who lost her residual hearing at the age of eighteen due to a connective tissue disorder.

Ordinarius. Saturday, January 12, 7:30 p.m. Brazil’s award-winning contemporary vocal group will make their US debut on our stage. With vibrant harmonies set to tropical rhythms and a joyous stage show, Ordinarius has breathed new life into Brazil’s most bellowed songs, from traditional choros to the music of Carmen Miranda.

Shapiro & Smith Dance. Saturday, January 26, 7:30p.m. Founded in 1987 by Daniel Shapiro and Joanie Smith, Shapiro & Smith Dance creates physically lush and emotionally generous dance works. The creative presentation vehicle for the choreography of Joanie Smith seeks to use dance to articulate culture, express feelings, and explore ideas for a broad audience.

Transit Authority. Friday, February 15, 2019, 7:30 p.m. Since performing their very first shows together in the early spring of 2004, Transit Authority has become known throughout the U.S. as the premier tribute band to the iconic group Chicago. Based out of St. Paul, Minnesota, this eight member ensemble creates an accurate musical salute to the greatest horn driven rock band to ever hit the stage.

One Night in Memphis. Friday, March 29, 7:30 p.m. “One Night in Memphis” is a rocking concert tribute to legendary Sun Records recording artists Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Elvis Presley. Created and directed by John Mueller from the highly acclaimed show Winter Dance Party, this show has met with the same accolades: sell out shows and standing ovations. Over 90 minutes of rockabilly, country, gospel and pure 1950’s rock and roll music.

Femme Fatale – The Music of Film Noir. Sunday, April 14, 3:00 p.m. Femme Fatale is a multimedia show combining song, dance and vintage film clips to create a one of a kind experience. Film Noir comes to the musical stage in Femme Fatale, a show simmering with the music of silver screen sirens, set in a mixed-media story line of intrigue and double-cross. Starring singer Laura Ellis and characters depicted on film, Femme Fatale evokes the times of black and white movies rife with con artists, gullible marks, and memorable music. Femme Fatale is a clever homage to the Film Noir genre and its sultry singers, Rita Hayworth, Ida Lupino, and Jane Russell. Femme Fatale is the brainchild of lead performer, Laura Ellis, veteran of stage and broadcast performances.

I Am…He Said: the Music of Neil Diamond. Saturday, April 27, 7:30 p.m. Matt Vee along with cousins Jeff and Tommy Vee, national music scene veterans and sons of the legendary Bobby Vee, join forces with their family and friends as to celebrate the music from the timeless catalog of Neil Diamond. “This is not a tribute show,” says Tommy Vee. “This is a celebration of an amazing musical icon, one we all love and respect. We have been fans since we were in grade school and first learning our respective instruments and played many of these tunes over the years in various bands.”