• Mike Farris and the Roseland Rhythm Revue

    Thursday, October 1, 2015


    Mike Farris is a musical renaissance man. He’s toured as lead singer for the Southern Rock Band “Screamin’ Cheetah Wheelies” and, following the demise of blues & rock legend Stevie Ray Vaughn, the incomparable blues band, “Double Trouble.” In his solo career he began to rediscover and reinterpret traditional black spiritual music by adding his own mix of vintage southern soul.

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  • Lee Ann Womack

    Thursday, November 5, 2015


    In a world of faster, harder, louder, Lee Ann Womack wants something far more radical: to be real. Strip it all away and get to the core of life, love and raw emotion, and you find songs that distill it all to the stopping power of a hollow-point bullet. For Womack, who’s performed for multiple presidents, teamed with Willie Nelson and George Strait on award-winning duets, and been a part of tastemaker projects for Buddy Miller, Oscar-winner Randall Poster and Rodney Crowell, music is the ultimate form of connection and communication.

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  • A Skaggs Family Christmas

    Thursday, December 3, 2015


    Celebrate the beauty and majesty of the holiday season with a three generation family of first class vocalists and musicians, singing and playing their finest for Christmastime. Ricky Skaggs along with his wife and their children are joined by their relatives in another celebrated musical clan, The Whites, with their own perfect blend of tight family harmony that has been lovingly crafted into A Skaggs Family Christmas.

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  • Melinda Doolittle

    Thursday, February 11, 2016

    Melinda Doolittle became a household name on season six of American Idol, and continues to thrill audiences with her powerhouse vocals and charm. Since her time on Idol, Melinda has wowed audiences everywhere from the White House to the Musicians Hall of Fame, from the Kennedy Center to Carnegie Hall.  She has gone on to share the stage with some of the very artists for whom she sang background as well as music luminaries such as Peter Cetera, Cyndi Lauper, and the renowned Boston Pops Orchestra. 

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  • Music City Hit Makers

    Thursday, March 10, 2016

    Music City Hit-Makers is “classin’ up country” with a one-of-a-kind musical event featuring Nashville’s hottest songwriters and a local 14 piece studio symphony. In this Bluebird Cafe-esque style writer’s round, three of Nashville’s elite songwriters perform and share the stories behind some of the biggest hits they’ve penned for today’s most iconic stars set to the sounds of a symphony. With over 30 #1 hits, these GRAMMY® winning writers have had songs recorded by Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum, Kelly Clarkson and many more.

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  • Columbia State Spring Musical

    Columbia State Spring Musical

    Thursday, April 21, 2016

    The Columbia State spring musical will serve as the capstone performance April 21 for this season’s Performance Series. Announced in the spring, this theater event is performed by the Columbia State commercial entertainment program. Past shows have included “Shrek,” “9 to 5,” “Cats,” “Grease” and “The Wiz.” 

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The Performance Series

Kicking off its 14th 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 Mike Farris, Lee Ann Womack, Ricky Skaggs and The Whites, Melinda Doolittle, Music City Hit Makers, and our own Commercial Entertainment students..

First Farmers & Merchants Bank is returning for a seventh year as the title sponsor of the 2015-2016 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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