Paramount brings back favorites and new artists
ASHLAND —The Paramount Arts Center in Ashland is stacking their dates with shows, plays and the promise to make long lasting memories.
“We’re really excited to have new artists who have never performed here before. Bret Michaels has never been here,” said Melanie Cournelison-Jannotta, the Artist Director for the Paramount Arts Center.
Bret Michaels will be headlining with special guest Split Nixon at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 26. Michaels achieved his fame from the band Poison and appearing on the reality show “Rock of Love.” Split Nixon is a local Huntington rock-grunge group whose debut album first appeared in 2004.
“We’re also excited about the variety of shows we have coming along with returning favorites. We hope people will take a look and find something to be excited about and bring their family out to visit with us,” Cournelison-Jannotta said.
The classic gang from “Sesame Street” will make its way to the Paramount at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10. This is part of their “Sesame Street Live! C is for Celebration” tour. There will be new and old characters ready to delight audiences with singing, dancing and flying.
“We Are Messengers” will be playing on Friday, Aug. 24, starting at 7:30. The ministry family band originally started performing in Ireland and is led by Darren Mulligan.
Everyone’s favorite “Mama,” Vicki Lawrence, is coming as part of her two-woman show on Saturday, Sept. 15, at 7:30 p.m. While touring, audiences will experience the title character from “Mama’s Family” as well as Lawrence’s own brand of stand-up comedy.
Vince Gill will be taking to the Paramount stage as part of his 18th studio album, “Down to My Last Bad Habit.” Since building a studio in his home, Gill said he’s playing, singing and writing better than he ever has.
Gill isn’t the only country act to make it to the Paramount stage this fall. Diamond Rio is scheduled to make their appearance on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 7:30 p.m. Since their first hit played on the radio, they’ve been topping the charts for almost 30 years.
Swinging into the holiday season, “A Christmas Carol” will be telling the classic Charles Dickens tale on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m. The Charles Jones’ adaptation will give audiences a Broadway-style experience featuring 23 cast members.
Children can find a new favorite character as Casa Manana presents “Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells.” The sing-a-long is based off Barbara Park’s best-selling children’s book. Playing Monday, Dec. 10, at 7:30 p.m., come and meet a first grade girl trying to make the best of her Secret Santa exchange.
The New Year starts off with a rocking time as “The Midtown Men” will be bringing their iconic sounds and Broadway style to Paramount’s stage on Friday, Feb. 15, at 7:30 p.m. With four Broadway veterans backed by an orchestra, this show is a guaranteed hit packed with power.
The Tri-State becomes a mountaintop filled with “Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s: The Sound of Music” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18. This live show has carried a tradition of being a family favorite for more than 50 years.
A chill is scheduled to take over as “Peter Pan and Friends on Ice” magically fly their way into the area at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28. Families can skate their way into the new Neverland, where no one is allowed to ever grow up.
The Chamber Orchestra Kremlin has seen success with 2,000 concerts in Moscow alone. Under the orchestration of its founder and musical director, Misha Rachlevsk, this early baroque style orchestra also plays commissioned pieces. They have been hailed as “Moscow’s best musicians.” Tickets for their 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 25, performance, as well as the entire upcoming season, are now on sale at the Paramount. Call 606-324-0007 or visit http://paramountartscenter.com.