In continuing the tradition of bringing an internationally-recognized roster of artists to Southern San Luis Obispo County, the Clark Center Association proudly announces its 2012-13 performance season. The season includes a diverse and entertaining selection of world-class performers in a variety of musical genres such as Country, Bluegrass, Folk, Western, Pop and Jazz, as well as side-splitting comedy, amazing acrobatics and outstanding theatrical and family productions.
The 2012-2013 Season begins on September 21st with Rodney Crowell, a Grammy-winning songwriter, producer and the most critically-acclaimed artist in Country Music. Born in Texas, his songwriting led him to Nashville where Emmylou Harris heard the young writer’s songs. Crowell soon became a potent property in the sound the queen of hippie country was conjuring. It was only a matter of time until Crowell struck out on his own, producing Rosanne Cash’s seminal Seven Year Ache and providing hits for Bob Seger, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Waylon Jennings and Crystal Gayle, among others. Crowell’s own albums are a perfect mixture of what is known as the “new traditionalist” movement in country music and are described as Ray Price and Hank Williams meets The Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash and Elvis
Some highlights of the 2012-2013 Season include:
Jimmy Webb on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 8pm – Jimmy Webb is a critically acclaimed, multiple Grammy Award winning songwriter, composer and singer. Throughout his 40 year career, he has written numerous platinum-selling classics, including “Up, Up and Away,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Wichita Lineman,” “Galveston,” “The Worst That Could Happen,” “All I Know” and “MacArthur Park.” His songs have been performed by many popular contemporary singers including Glen Campbell, The Supremes, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Art Garfunkel, Carly Simon and more.
Late Nite Catechism on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 8pm –Late Nite Catechism is a boisterous and extremely funny interactive comedy that takes the audience back to their youth. The irrepressible Sister teaches ‘class” to a roomful of “students,” making the show part catechism class, part stand-up routine. Even the most reluctant students will be clamoring to get into this Sister’s class, which is also one of the longest running shows in U.S. theater history
The Jan & Dean Show featuring Dean Torrence & The Surf City Allstars on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 8pm – Jan & Dean’s career is well documented in the annals of pop and surf music history. The Jan & Dean show features the greatest hits of both Jan & Dean and The Beach Boys, including “Barbara Ann,” “The Little Old Lady from Pasadena,” “Dead Man’s Curve,” and “Ride the Wild Surf,” as well as other great songs of the era in order to present a well-crafted, vocally impressive, high-energy classic California beach party.
All Hands on Deck! on Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 3pm – All Hands on Deck! is a new, two-act revue featuring the songs, dances and laughs that America has loved since the 40’s. The show includes over 40 classic Big Band hits, all packaged in a fun-filled true-to-life reproduction of the kind of USO show Bob Hope & Jack Benny would have taken to the troops: classic humor and great music. It’s the perfect way to step back into 1942 and pay tribute to both active duty and veteran members of our armed forces.
The Doo Wop Project on Friday, March 8, 2013 at 7pm – The Doo Wop Project stars leading cast members from the Tony Award Winning Broadway smash hit, Jersey Boys.It is a night of songs mixed with individual stories and references to their upbringings and experiences in the business, particularly backstage at The August Wilson Theatre, home of Jersey Boys, where the idea for the group was conceived. NOT a show featuring Jersey Boy’s material and/or songs by Frankie Valli or The 4 Seasons, it IS an homage to classic Doo Wop and the music that was inspired by that sound and includes classic hits by every standard for every generation.
The rest of the Clark Center’s 2012-2013 Season includes world-class performers such as Lynn Anderson, Glenn Miller Orchestra, 42Five and The Claire Lynch Band; hilarious comedy with Parent’s Night Out and The Best of the San Francisco Stand Up Competition; marvelous musical revues, tributes and compilations such as Ann Hampton Callaway presents The Streisand Songbook, Take Me Home – The Music of John Denver, Satisfaction – The International Rolling Stones Tribute, Jason Petty’s Hank & My Honky Tonk Heroes and Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show; and fantastic family productions such as The Peking Acrobats and John Gabriel Magic.
Tickets will go on sale July 1 for Association members only. For more information on joining the Association and participating in the benefits of membership, contact the Business Office at 489-4196 or visit www.clarkcenter.org. The Clark Center Association is again offering discounts to patrons who order tickets to multiple shows prior to the opening of the season. Tickets will go on sale to the general public August 1. To purchase tickets, call the Box Office at 489-9444 or visit www.clarkcenter.org.
Business and Individual sponsorships as well as advertising opportunities are still available for the 2012-2013 Season. For more information on the benefits of sponsorship, visit www.clarkcenter.org or call the Business Office at 489-4196.