THANK YOU fellow music lovers!
Community Concerts of the Grand Valley (CCGV) would like to extend a big thank you for supporting our diverse, uplifting and successful season of great music! Our membership increased significantly over that of the previous season, and concert attendance strengthened to our pre-COVID numbers.
Divas 3 brought us a bit of Vegas, the rousing Cherish the Ladies group transported us to Ireland, and the Everly Set provided a good dose of nostalgia. Then we were off to California with the Sail On surfin’ party Beach Boys tribute, to the American West with the Dan Miller Cowboy Music Revue, and to Beginnings, a celebration of the music of Chicago.
Finally, in collaboration with the Avalon Theatre and the Avalon Theatre Foundation, we are offering a bonus concert in May—Hank Williams and My Honky Tonk Heroes—to help celebrate the Avalon’s centennial and Hank’s 100th birthday!
Who made all of this possible? YOU, our valued and faithful ticket-holding members; our very generous sponsors and donors; our dedicated volunteers and the amazingly helpful Avalon staff; our artist agents; and our wonderful friends at the BEACON. To all of you, we are grateful!
Get your ticket to 100 Years of Hank
By Jan Weeks
What do a country singer and a local theater have in common? They’re both 100 years old!
Both the Avalon Theatre and Hank Williams came on the scene in 1923, and while the theater is still going strong, Hiram (Hank) Williams passed away before he turned 30. To honor his birth and celebrate the Avalon’s centennial, the theater, in partnership with Community Concerts of the Grand Valley (CCGV), is hosting a Hank Williams tribute concert featuring Jason Petty on May 7.
Petty is a tribute artist who not only sounds like but resembles Hank. In fact, the first song Petty remembers his dad singing to him was “Hey, Good Lookin’,” one of Hank’s early hits.
Williams influenced the early country music scene with hits such as “Your Cheatin’ Heart,” “Oh, Lonesome Me,” and “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.” He recorded an incredible 55 singles in his short career, and most of them hit the Billboard Top 10, with 10 charting at number one.
CCGV season ticket holders can pick up their free ticket at the Avalon Box Office, 645 Main St.
Here’s what’s in store for our 79th season:
• Folk Legacy Trio - September 20, 2023
Music of the great folk era (’50s-’70s), delivering songs from The Weavers, The Kingston Trio, Peter Paul & Mary, The Chad Mitchell Trio and many others.
• Phat Cat Swinger - October 3, 2023
This 11-piece “little big band” effortlessly channels the rockstar energy of Freddie Mercury and the flamboyant styles of Elton John as they bring to life re-imagined musical arrangements ranging from Sinatra to Buble, Disney and everything in between.
• Sounds of Silence - October 31, 2023
This tribute journeys back in time to the 1970s Greenwich Folk Village Scene, to a timeless musical era featuring the music of Simon & Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, John Denver, Cat Stevens, Don McLean and more.
• The Suits - March 14, 2024
Four dynamic gentlemen perform four genres of hit music across four decades. The group fuses smooth choreography and tight harmonies, and take audiences on a journey from the ’50s through the ’80s with recognizable hits like “Oh What A Night,” “My Girl,” “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” and more!
• ABBAcadabra - April 4, 2024
Abbacadabra continues the momentum of ABBA by playing 20 of the group’s greatest hits in full fashion and flair. You won’t be able to sit still as songs like “S.O.S.,” “Super Trouper” and “Dancing Queen” are re-created with such precision you’ll swear you were listening to the originals.
• 7000 Miles of Broadway - May 9, 2024
From Willie Nelson’s country twang to the smooth crooning sounds of Frank Sinatra and the pop favorites of Frankie Valli, 7,000 Miles to Broadway is chock full of radio and Broadway hits!
Watch previews of the acts at CommunityConcertsGrand Valley.org or call 970-243-1979 for more information
Season tickets go on sale June 8!
Tickets start at $80.
For existing patrons:
Liked your seats? Renew your tickets between May 4 and May 20.
Want better seats? You have from May 25 to June to change them.
All tickets will be purchased through the Avalon Theatre Box Office from 12-6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Congratulations to our 2022-2023 concert ticket winners! Divas3 ticket winner Marion Pace
Everly Set ticket winner Dee Mickelson
Sail On! ticket winner Anna
Beginnings ticket winner Susan Hyatt
Elisa McKee won two tickets to Cherish the Ladies
Maria Pinder won two tickets to Dan Miller’s Cowboy Revue
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