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Grammy Award winner Lee Ann Womack – Performs at the BPAC

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Lee Ann Womack will perform live in concert on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Bologna Performing Arts Center (BPAC) at Delta State University. The concert is locally sponsored by Wade Inc. Tickets start at $40 and are on sale at the BPAC ticket office, by phone 662-846-4626, or online www.bolognapac.com.

Praised by The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and The New Yorker, among many other media outlets, Womack has sung for multiple U.S. presidents and rendered award-winning duets with the likes of Willie Nelson, John Prine, and John Legend. Her hit singles include “I Hope You Dance,” “I’ll Think of a Reason Later,” and “A Little Past Little Rock.” She has earned six Country Music Association Awards (including Single and Album of the Year), five Academy of Country Music Awards, a Grammy Award, and much more.

NPR Music says Womack “occupies rare terrain in country music”; her latest album The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone (ATO), has “some of the most immediate and deeply felt vocal performances” of her career and taps “into the emotional core of country.”

“I could never shake my center of who I was,” says the East Texas native. “I’m drawn to rootsy music. It’s what moves me.”
Tickets are now on sale at www.bolognapac.com or at the BPAC Ticket Office at 662.846.4626. * Group discount of 10% (for 10 or more) available.

BPAC Brings Books to Delta Children

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The Bologna Performing Arts Center’s new literacy initiative will put copies of children’s books into the hands of more than 2,000 kids this year. The Read It, See It, Be It program is backed by community partners and local granting organizations, and spearheaded by the Arts Education Department at the BPAC.

The BPAC has acquired $7,000 to fund the new program. The new book distribution initiative links to existing programming, encouraging teachers, parents, and children to draw connections between literary narrative and stage performance. Tickets are currently on sale for the School-Time Matinee Series (STMS), a program that brings in professionally-staged performances aimed toward children. Of the six performances slated for the 2018-2019 season, three are based on children’s books. Classes who attend the School-Time Matinee Series performances will be given the chance to purchase the books for $1 per copy.

In addition to the new reduced-priced books program, the BPAC will continue its scholarship tickets program for public schools in qualifying counties. Tickets to STMS performances are $6, but with scholarship funding, ticket prices are reduced to $1 per student. Schools who qualify will then be able to purchase a ticket to the performance, as well as a book, for only $2 per child. Teachers will also receive links to study guides that accompany the performances, available for free download at bolognapac.com/education.

The first STMS performance is Dallas Children’s Theatre’s Diary of a Worm, a Spider, and a Fly, sponsored by Monsanto, and takes place on Wednesday, October 10, with two performance times at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. To reserve tickets and copies of books, contact the arts education office at 662-846-4844, or email Arts Education Coordinator Cade Holder at cholder@deltastate.edu.

Reduced-priced book distribution is made possible by several financial funders, including the King’s Daughters and Sons Circle Number Two and the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi. The Delta Arts Alliance will likewise partner on the book distribution project with visual and performing arts programming. The scholarship tickets program is made possible by support from Double Quick, Inc. and the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi.

Boz Scaggs – ‘Out Of The Blues’ tour to Play BPAC

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Food Trucks and Live Music in Sculpture Garden Pre-Show

Boz Scaggs will perform live in concert Tuesday, August 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Bologna Performing Arts Center (BPAC) at Delta State University. The concert is locally sponsored by Bolivar Medical Center. Tickets start at $40.00 and are on sale at the BPAC Ticket Office, by phone 662-846-4626, or online www.bolognapac.com.

It’s appropriate that Boz Scaggs‘ new album is Out of the Blues, since the blues is what first sparked his five-decade musical career. Born William Royce Scaggs in Canton, Ohio on June 8, 1944, he grew up in Oklahoma and Texas, where he spent his teenage years immersed in the blues, R&B and early rock ‘n’ roll.

Scaggs continued to mine a personalized mix of rock, blues and R&B influences, along with a signature style of ballads on such influential ’70s albums as MomentsBoz Scaggs & BandMy TimeSlow Dancer and 1976’s Silk Degrees. The latter release became a massive commercial breakthrough, reaching Number Two and remaining on the album charts for 115 weeks. It spawned three Top 40 hit singles: “It’s Over,” “Lido Shuffle” and the Grammy-winning “Lowdown.”  Subsequently, “We’re All Alone” from that same album, would become a #1 single for Rita Coolidge.  Silk Degrees was followed by the albums Down Two Then Left and Middle Man, and such hit singles as “Breakdown Dead Ahead,” “Jo Jo” and “Look What You’ve Done to Me.”

“Music has been a constant companion and I’m feeling more free with it than ever,” Scaggs comments. “I feel like I’ve found my voice through all these years, and I’ve gotten closer to where I want to be with my approach.”

Prior to the Boz Scaggs concert, weather permitting, there will be a picnic-style dinner in the Sanders Sculpture Garden located in front of the BPAC. Live music will be provided by Gramm Phillips. Also, Moonlight Smokers and Delta Meat Market will have their food trucks on-site for dinner purchases. Dinner in the garden will last from 5:30-7:15pm, and the concert begins in the BPAC at 7:30pm.

Tickets to see Boz Scaggs are now on sale at www.bolognapac.com or at the BPAC Ticket Office at 662.846.4626.