The 2015-2016 Lineup

On behalf of Columbia State Community College, I welcome you to the 14th season of the First Farmers Performance Series.  This season is truly music at its best that I know you will enjoy! I join you in looking forward to a wonderful and exciting season of entertainment in the Cherry Theater.
~President Janet Smith


Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015
Mike Farris and the Roseland Rhythm Revue

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. For his efforts, Farris won the prestigious Americana Music Award for Best New & Emerging Artist and a Dove Award for Best Traditional Gospel Album of the Year.


Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015
Lee Ann Womack

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. Raised on classic country records by Ray Price, Nelson and George Jones, she recognizes the power of visceral truth in a song.


Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015
A Skaggs Family Christmas

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. This delightful performance gives us a reason to listen to the season of songs both old and new, played in a refreshing acoustic style.

Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016
Melinda Doolittle

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. 

Thursday, March 10, 2016
Music City Hit Makers

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.

Thursday, April 21, 2016
Columbia State Spring Musical

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 Once Upon a Mattress, A Princess in a Pea, Shrek The Musical, 9 to 5, Cats, and Grease.  Columbia State’s Commercial Entertainment program is one of only two programs in the country to specifically train talented students to be dancers, singers and songwriters.

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