• John McEuen

    Les Thompson and Family

    Thursday, September, 29, 2016

    Will the Circle Be Unbroken: A Tribute to the Carter Family

    Join host John McEuen, founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, (with his banjo, guitar, fiddle and mandolin) and company to learn about the magic time, when three generations came together, genres merged and one of the most iconic records came to life. McEuen joins forces with a cast of fine players that includes former founding NGDB member Les Thompson, as they share the music, stories and memories of the iconic Will the Circle Be Unbroken album and how The Carter Family music converged with their own.

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  • The Time Jumpers

    Thursday, November 3, 2016

    featuring Vince Gill, Kenny Sears, “Ranger Doug” Green and Paul Franklin


    Tap any member of multi Grammy nominated The Time Jumpers on the shoulder and the face that turns to greet you will be that of one who’s made major contributions to the richness and vigor of country music. The Time Jumpers started as an assemblage of high-dollar studio musicians who wanted to spend some spare time jamming with their sonically gifted buddies. The notion of building a rabidly devoted following was the last thing on their minds. But that’s what happened. Pretty soon Monday nights were sounding a lot like Saturday nights.

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  • Christmas with the Annie Moses Band

    Thursday, December 1, 2016


    Warner Classics artist, the Annie Moses Band, has been inspiring and entertaining audiences for over a decade. A captivating blend of folk and classical, the Annie Moses Band is a talented ensemble of songwriters, singers, musicians, and siblings combining technical skill with exhilarating showmanship. Not coincidentally – because each specializes in specific instruments, they fit together neatly as a unit.

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  • Scott Mulvahill

    Thursday, February 16, 2017

    As a teenager, Scott picked up the bass guitar on a whim. After uncovering his musical talent, he also began to explore guitar, piano, and singing, and eventually discovered his love for songwriting. Since then, he’s shared the stage with some of the greatest artists of modern music - Ricky Skaggs, Alison Krauss, Barry Gibb of the BeeGees, Bruce Hornsby, Brad Paisley, Peter Frampton, Steven Curtis Chapman, Emmylou Harris, and many more. He’s a full-time member of Ricky Skaggs’ band Kentucky Thunder, and has received honors from the International Songwriting Competition

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  • Sierra Hull

    Thursday, March 16, 2017

    Sierra Hull has been recognized from age 11 as a virtuoso mandolin-player, astonishing audiences and fellow-musicians alike. Now a seasoned touring musician nearing her mid-20s, Hull has delivered her most inspired, accomplished, and mature recorded work to date; no small feat. With instrumentation comprised largely of mandolin, bass, and vocals, this is genre-transcending music at its best. Hull speaks eloquently, in her challenging and sensitive originals, her heartfelt vocals, and once again breaks new ground on the mandolin.

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  • Columbia State Spring Musical

    Columbia State Spring Musical

    Thursday, April 20, 2017

    Announced in the spring, the Columbia State Commercial Entertainment program’s spring musical is the capstone performance of this year’s Performance Series. Past shows include The Little Mermaid, Seussical, Shrek The Musical, 9 to 5, Cats, and Grease. Columbia State’s Commercial Entertainment program is one of only two programs in the country that specifically trains talented students to be dancers, singers and songwriters.

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The Performance Series

Kicking off its 15th year, the Performance Series is committed to bringing diverse and engaging entertainment opportunities to Columbia State students and the surrounding region.

Past seasons have featured a wide variety of performances from across the country and around the world.  This year’s line-up brings together a wonderful group of celebrated musicians, who's talents are unmatched, including John McEuen, The Time Jumpers, Annie Moses Band, Scott Mulvahill, Sierra Hull, and our own Commercial Entertainment students..

First Farmers & Merchants Bank is returning for a eighth year as the title sponsor of the 2016-2017 Performance Series presented by Columbia State Community College. “First Farmers & Merchants Bank is a pillar of the southern Middle Tennessee community. We are fortunate to have their support,” said Dr. Janet F. Smith, president of Columbia State. “The Performing Arts are essential to our community, and this commitment on the part of First Farmers shows that both organizations are devoted to hosting outstanding cultural events year-round.”

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