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The Davis Theatre Celebrates 10th Anniversary With A Great Lineup of Live Music

Aug 22, 2018 02:41PM ● By Melanie Heisinger

Rhonda Vincent

It's the 10th Anniversary of the Davis Theatre and they are celebrating the only way they know how -- with a great lineup of live music. 

Whether you like doo-wop, bluegrass, Irish music, jazz or magic, this season has something for everyone. 

Noelle Rhodes Scott, President and CEO of the Cabarrus Arts Council, took some time to answer a few questions for us about the season.

This year marks the Davis Theatre's 10th Anniversary! Did you do anything to celebrate?

We can hardly believe it has been ten years. We will be celebrating all year long with an incredible line-up of performers who are bigger and better-known than any previous season.
The official kick-off performance and 10th Anniversary Celebration will be Sammy Miller & The Congregation on Friday, October 19, sponsored by F&M Bank. They are managed by Dolph Ramseur, manager of The Avett Brothers. The party will begin with hors d’oeuvres and a champagne toast, and the group playing a few lively songs on the front porch. Then we will take it up to the Davis Theatre for the 8:00 performance, and meet the group again downstairs to chat with them, have a drink and hear them play a few more pieces in The Galleries. It’s going to be a fun evening.

Are there any special promotions? 

To celebrate a decade of performances, our season tickets package offers a 10% discount to thank our audience members. Many of the performances have an additional matinee so that twice as many people can be in our audiences. 

Are there any special performances to celebrate the anniversary?  

This entire season is filled with the “wow” factor. We are bringing in better-known groups and a wonderful variety, in large part thanks to a National Endowment for the Arts grant.

Rhonda Vincent, “The New Queen of Bluegrass” will perform two shows on January 19. The Modern Gentlemen – think Jersey Boys and Frankie Vali – perform twice on February 16. We Banjo 3 was selected by our Art on Tap group to perform their lively Irish music and bluegrass on March 14. We even have an illusionist (magician), Arthur Trace, on April 6. And then we end the season with another bang: The Freddy Cole Quartet on April 30 features Nat “King” Cole’s younger brother who is every bit as talented as the king!

We are also taking the opportunity to kick off a brand new series in this tenth anniversary: Family Shows at the Davis! Four shows selected and priced especially for families. All shows are under one hour – the perfect length for young attention spans.

The shows and dates are: Soul Street Dance, Saturday, October 13, 4 pm; The Barefoot Movement Holiday Show, Saturday, December 1 at 4 pm; Opera Xpress – "A Busy Bee," Saturday, January 26, 1:30 pm; and Arthur Trace: The Artful Deceiver, Saturday, April 6, 4 pm.

How have things changed since starting 10 years ago?

First of all, when we opened the Davis in 2008, it was brand new for Cabarrus County. We really did not know how the community would respond, and just crossed our fingers that people would buy tickets. We kicked off the first season with 100 Years of Broadway, thanks to Roy and Sue Davis’ underwriting of the large group. It was an elegant affair with men in tuxes, women in cocktail dresses, and a wonderful cocktail buffet. The theatre filled and the audience was thrilled!

With a house that seats 230, our shows the first few years were small and inexpensive so that we could keep ticket prices down. The quality of the performers were good and we started hearing, “I can’t believe we have this right here in Concord.”

Our house is still small, but we have expanded our reach by bringing in better-known performers that have fans that travel to see them. We also have a Performing Arts Director who has connections with agents across the country and has managed to bring incredible shows to our stage.

This year marks another big jump for our venue, in the performers as well as a family series.

Do you have a favorite memory? 

There are so many! One memory that keeps being repeated is the look of delight on audience members' faces as they sit in the lovely and intimate theatre, seeing the expressions on the performers’ faces, hearing every note clear as a bell, and realizing how incredible it is to be seeing a fabulous performance in Cabarrus County.

Another is a testament to the power of the arts for business. The very first season we started “Dinner and a Show”. The arts council reminds ticket buyers of the specific restaurants downtown and encourages them to make reservations to eat out before the shows. The restaurants are packed every show night, and downtown has been able to attract great restaurants since we opened. Many of the owners attribute their success to the Davis Theatre shows.

Anything else we should know?

Watching people come into the Davis Theatre over the past two seasons, I’ve begun to understand how unique the venue is.  The quality of the performers is excellent, the good acoustics are really appreciated, and the building and theatre are gorgeous. The intimacy means that every person in the audience gets a stellar view and an instant rapport is created between performers and crowd. After the shows the audience gets to meet and talk with the performers. Truly, once people discover the Davis they come back and back and back.

Complete details and ticket registration can be found on the Cabarrus Arts Council website or by calling the box office at 704-920-2753.

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