Jo Dee Messina, Street Corner Symphony are Featured Summer Performances at Kent State Tuscarawas Performing Arts CenterPosted Jun. 16, 2014
The 2014 summer season at the Performing Arts Center at Kent State University at Tuscarawas features country singing star Jo Dee Messina on July 31 at 7:30 p.m., and Street Corner Symphony on Aug. 24 at 3 p.m. Messina’s concert is co-sponsored by WTUZ Radio, and Street Corner Symphony’s is co-sponsored by Allied Machine and Engineering Corporation.
Messina, who will be performing with her band, debuted in 1996 with the hit single Heads Carolina, Tales California. Other hits include You’re Not in Kansas Anymore; Bye, Bye, I’m Alright and Stand Beside Me, to name a few. Bring on the Rain, a duet she performed with Tim McGraw, was a Top 10 hit on the Adult Contemporary chart. She has had nine number one singles, 16 Top 40 singles and sold more than five million records worldwide. The singer/songwriter released her newest album, ME, in March on her new label Dreambound Records.
“I have been listening to Jo Dee’s music for years, especially because of her catchy lyrics,” says Mike Morelli, general manager of the Performing Arts Center. “And there have been many requests from the public for her to perform on our stage. Her concert here demonstrates the high value we place on our patron’s suggestions. Jo Dee is an award-winning, country superstar who is known for her high-energy shows, which is just what we are expecting. It will be an entertaining evening.”
Messina received awards from the Country Music Association, the Academy of Country Music and has been nominated for two Grammy Awards.
Street Corner Symphony, an a cappella group based in Nashville, Tennessee, came to international notoriety in 2010 when they became runners-up on NBC's all-vocal competition The Sing-Off. These southern gents quickly won over The Sing-Off judges Ben Folds (Ben Folds Five), Shawn Stockman (Boyz II Men) and Nicole Scherzinger (The Pussycat Dolls), and – most importantly – millions of NBC primetime viewers after demonstrating their unique, laid-back-yet-dynamic style of a cappella. Since their success on The Sing-Off, Street Corner Symphony has performed around the world, providing clinics for schools, giving benefits for cancer, as well as recording two full albums and numerous singles. They have worked with major artists including Ben Folds, Alison Krauss and Take 6's Claude McKnight.
The six performing members of the group include three brothers: Jeremy, Jonathan and Richie Lister, along with Adam Chance, Mark McLemore and Kurt Zimmerman. Four of the six are the sons of ministers, which contributes to their natural ears for harmony, as well as their playful sense of mischief, and all six of them have expertise in a wide variety of styles. This allows Street Corner Symphony to seamlessly move between most styles of music, feeling at home in all of them. Their repertoire covers a wide range, from gospel and barbershop to rock and pop, appealing to the young and old alike.
“If you are a fan of the TV show The Sing Off, you will be familiar with this dynamic and vocally outstanding group,” Morelli says. “They weave lyrics and harmonies through intricate mash-ups. Fans of a cappella music should be jumping at the chance to see these vocal masters. It will be a fantastic show.”
Tickets for Jo Dee Messina range in price from $35 to $55. Tickets for Street Corner Symphony are $13 to $25. Tickets for both concerts are now on sale. Tickets can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center Box Office, online at www.tusc.kent.edu or by calling 330-308-6400. The box office is open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free parking is available for all shows.