FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University’s Performing Arts Center is offering some real temptations in its 2019-20 entertainment season.
That includes the actual Temptations, who will bring their famous sound and style to the PAC on March 7.
Also on the 2019-20 schedule, just announced by PAC Director Bud Simmons, are Grammy winners Steve Earle and Shawn Colvin, fellow Grammy winner and songwriter Jimmy Webb, the red-hot Texas Tenors and Gin Blossoms.
Simmons said additional shows might be added to the season at a later date.
The Temptations are on Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 100 Greatest Artists of all time. They are the recipients of a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
Their timeless music has produced platinum albums and chart-topping hits across the decades, and remains as relevant and enticing — tempting, some might say — today as it’s ever been. The new jukebox musical “Ain’t Too Proud,” based on the Temptations’ fascinating story, opened on Broadway in March. It was nominated for 11 Tony Awards and won a Tony for Best Choreography.
Steve Earle and the Dukes and their Southern-tinged rock open the 2019-20 season Aug 27. The original “Hardcore Troubadour,” Earle is a Grammy-winning singer-songwriter who has released 15 studio albums and penned the beloved classics “Copperhead Road,” “Hardcore Troubadour” and “The Galway Girl.”
The Gin Blossoms, a Tempe, Arizona-based “jangle pop” group, will be at the PAC on Oct. 11. The band had two gold albums and one platinum album. Its 1994 release, “Found Out About You,” topped Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks. “Hey Jealously,” “Follow You Down” and “Til I Hear it from You” both reached the top 10. The band has appeared on "The Late Show with David Letterman," "Saturday Night Live" and "The Late Show with Jay Leno."
Jimmy Webb will be at the PAC on Jan. 25 to present his special show “The Glen Campbell Years.” Webb is a member of three different songwriters halls of fame. He is a two-time Grammy Award winner and has seen his songs become No. 1 hits on one chart or another an incredible 16 times. Webb has written songs as diverse as “Up, Up and Away,” “The Highwayman” and “MacArthur Park.” Some of his biggest hits were performed by the late Glen Campbell, including “Wichita Lineman,” “Galveston” and “Honey, Come Back.” Webb will sing the hits from the Campbell years and share stories about the creation of those songs during the show.
The Texas Tenors, who will bring their inspiring three-part harmonies to the PAC on Feb. 15, are the most successful music group in the history of "America's Got Talent!" Since appearing on the show in 2009, the trio of JC Fisher, Marcus Collins and John Hagen have released four studio albums, two PBS Specials, four DVDs, multiple singles and even a children's book. They’ve won three Emmy Awards and the The Gelett Burgess Award for Excellence in Children's Literature. Their most recent albums "Rise" and "A Collection of Broadway and American Classics" both debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Classical Chart.
In an era when female singer-songwriters are increasingly ubiquitous, Shawn Colvin, who’ll be at the PAC on April 25, stands out as a singular and enduring talent. Her songs are slow-release works of craft and catharsis that become treasured, lifetime companions for their listeners. As a storyteller, Colvin is both keen and warm-hearted, leavening even the toughest tales with tenderness, empathy and a searing sense of humor.
Colvin has won three Grammy Awards and been nominated for six others. She has released 11 albums, written a critically acclaimed memoir, maintained a nonstop national and international touring schedule, appeared on countless television and radio programs, had her songs featured in major motion pictures and created a remarkable canon of work. One of her most recent albums is 2016’s “Colvin & Earle,” a collaboration with Steve Earle, another member of this season’s PAC lineup.
Colvin is also the winner of a Lifetime Achievement Trailblazer Award, received at the 2016 Americana Music Honors & Awards.
As a companion to that release, Colvin will embark on a “Performing Steady On Acoustic in its entirely, plus other favorites” tour. Her concert at the PAC in April will be a part of that.
Tickets for all six shows went on sale on July 1.
Ticket prices range from $37 to $57 for mid-tier tickets. But for a limited time, patrons can purchase a special “Tempting Trio” ticket for just $99. That’s three tickets for less than $100!
The Tempting Trio offer is available through Monday.