Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder

at The Lyric Theatre Sep 7, 2017 7:00 pm

ON SALE TO MEMBERS ONLY: Friday, April 7th
ON SALE TO PUBLIC: Friday, April 21st


Veteran country music performer Ricky Skaggs and his band Kentucky Thunder are coming to The Lyric Theatre for a performance that will span the country music genre from bluegrass to gospel to mainstream. A multi-talented musician, Skaggs plays a variety of instruments, including the mandolin, fiddle, guitar, mandocaster, and banjo. The 14-time Grammy Award winner will perform songs from his long and illustrious career, including hits such as “Sis Draper,” “Return to Sender,” and “Road to Spencer” among others.

Born in Cordell, Kentucky in 1954, Ricky Skaggs began playing the mandolin at the age of 6, performing with the bluegrass pioneer Bill Monroe. A year later, Skaggs would appear on television along with Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs. In 1971, the country musician began his professional bluegrass career when he joined Ralph Stanley’s band the Clinch Mountain Boys. Ricky Skaggs never looked back, pushing the limits of the bluegrass genre along with progressive bands such as Country Gentleman and J.D. Crowe & the New South. By the late ‘70s, Skaggs turned his focus to mainstream country music when he joined Emmylou Harris’ Hot Band. It wasn’t long until he released his debut album, Waitin for the Sun to Shine in 1981. The album topped the country charts with two #1 hits. With his 1997 album Bluegrass Rules! Skaggs would return to the genre that first defined him, resulting in a series of Grammy Award-winning albums recorded with his bluegrass band Kentucky Thunder.

Over his successful career, Ricky Skaggs has received 14 Grammy Awards and 8 Country Music Association Awards, including the respected Entertainer of the Year trophy in 1985. Over the past two decades, Skaggs has continued to make his mark in the country music world, releasing the popular album Mosaic with the Grammy Award-winning songwriter and producer Gordon Kennedy. The song “Return to Sender” off of the album was nominated for two Grammys in the gospel genre. In 2010, the veteran musician was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and also received the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award from the Academy of Country Music.

This season at The Lyric Theatre, Ricky Skaggs will perform some of his greatest hits along with his band, Kentucky Thunder. 8-time winners of the IBMA’s “Instrumental Group of the Year,” Kentucky Thunder will feature Paul Brewster on tenor vocals and rhythm guitar, Scott Mulvahill on bass and bass vocals, Russ Carson on banjo, Jake Workman on lead guitar, Mike Barnett on fiddle, and Dennis Parker on baritone vocal and guitar. Don’t miss the beloved country music icon Ricky Skaggs in an intimate performance at The Lyric this September.

Lyric’s AWESOME! Summer Camp ~ Session 1: June 12th – 30th

We are in for an exciting, fun-filled summer! Our summer camp is for kids of all backgrounds and interests, offered at an affordable rate. Students are encouraged to express themselves, embrace their talents, quirks and individuality. Some of the things campers can expect to learn in Drama include basic acting principles, creative writing, staging, improvisation and stage presence. In Music, campers will learn the fundamentals of singing, rhythms, terminology and vocal performance. In Dance, instructors will introduce campers to various styles of dance – including music theater dance, jazz, ballet and hip-hop.

The Bacon Brothers

at The Lyric Theatre Jun 1, 2017 6:00 pm

ON SALE TO MEMBERS ONLY: Friday, April 7th
ON SALE TO PUBLIC: Friday, April 21st

The Lyric welcomes back The Bacon Brothers, and their signature gritty blend of rock ‘n roll, country, folk and blues. Long before Kevin Bacon became a movie star and pop culture phenom, and before his brother Michael became a go-to composer for film and television, the Philadelphia-based sibling duo had begun their musical collaboration. Making their debut as a duo in 1995, The Bacon Brothers continue to impress audiences and critics over 20 years later with their soulful sound. With Michael on vocals, guitar and cello, Kevin on vocals, guitar, harmonica and percussion, they are a musical force to be reckoned with.

Michael and Kevin Bacon were born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Ruth Hilda, an elementary school teacher, and Edmund Norwood Bacon, a prominent architect who was on the cover of Time Magazine in November 1964. Michael started as a career musician in the 1960s, first playing gigs at Philadelphia’s Electric Factory with younger brother Kevin tagging along. He later moved to Nashville to pursue songwriting, and his musical career took off. Now, an Emmy Award-winning composer, Michael is credited with many original scores for film and television. On March 18, 2016, the world premier for Michael’s four-movement “Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra” took place at The Schimmel Center in downtown Manhattan. Kevin always loved music but chose a different path. Best known for his acting roles in The Following, Footloose, Mystic River and Apollo 13, Kevin has appeared in over 60 films and television shows and has a Golden Globe win along with several Emmy and Screen Actor’s Guild nominations.

Don’t let their roots in Hollywood fool you. According to The New Yorker, “Hollywood hangs like an albatross around the neck of any movie star turned musician, but this duo shakes off the burden of fame with sharply executed rock that has a blue-collar, rootsy edge.” With connections in Nashville and tour dates across the country, The Bacon Brothers may no longer be one of the industry’s best kept secrets.

Ana Popovic

- Sultry Serbian blues guitarist Ana Popovic returns! The award-winning, hard-touring, guitar slinger blends smoking electric funk and slide guitar, jazzy instrumentals and a tight blues groove with soulful, feminine vocals.

Pants Down Circus “Rock”

- The award-winning Pants Down Circus troupe goes rock and roll in Pants Down Circus “Rock” this season at The Lyric Theatre. Part circus act, part rock concert, Pants Down Circus “Rock” is inspired by the greatest classic rock groups, including Aerosmith, AC/DC, Joan Jett, Queen, and more!