Just in time for the holiday season, the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley has announced tickets will go on sale Monday for two big acts in 2013 — country music superstar Wynonna Judd and comedian Dana Carvey.
Judd, a five-time Grammy Award-winning musician will bring her band, Wynonna and The Big Noise, at 8 p.m. Feb. 22 to Grass Valley. Carvey, an Emmy Award-winning comedian, will be in town March 15.
Both acts will be at Veterans Memorial Auditorium.
“I’m super excited to present Wynonna with her band The Big Noise in Grass Valley. With the success of selling out Clint Black in 2011, we see that there is a market for country music in our area that nobody else is fulfilling,” said Center Executive Director Julie Baker. “I also know she puts on a great show — the other presenters I work with across the state have been telling me for years to book Wynonna. So glad it worked out!”
Judd is expected to perform old favorites as well as “rocking new covers,” according to the Center.
Judd rose to country-music stardom in the 1980s alongside her mother Naomi, as the duo The Judds. With songs such as “Mama’s He’s Crazy,” “Why Not Me” and “Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout the Good Old Days),” The Judds were unstoppable for the rest of the decade, picking up multiple Grammy, CMA and ACM Awards and selling more than 20 million albums along the way, according to Judd’s bio.
Judd is recording her eighth studio album. It’s just the latest in a string of hit albums that started with her quintuple platinum 1992 solo debut, “Wynonna.” That set spawned four No. 1 hits and was the best selling country album ever by a female artist at that time. In 1994, Judd received the coveted Top Female Vocalist of the Year trophy at the ACM Awards, and Rolling Stone called her “the greatest female country singer since Patsy Cline.”
Tickets for her show are $65 for members of Center for the Arts, $75 for non-members. There are also $85 VIP tickets, which include reserved floor seating and parking passes.
In March, the Center will welcome Carvey for an evening of stand-up comedy.
“In 2013, we plan to present more comedy, and we are thrilled that the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital sees the benefit of laughter as the best medicine and will sponsor our comedy series! Dana Carvey is a huge star with a list of over 100 impersonations under his belt,” Baker said. “I am just thrilled that the community has shown their support for our headlining series by purchasing tickets in advance for these major events. There is no need to leave town for great entertainment, it is right here at home!”
Carvey may best be known for his time on “Saturday Night Live,” from 1986 until 1992. His characters included the Church Lady, Hans of the Hanz and Franz body-building duo and Garth, co-host of Wayne’s World.
Carvey won an Emmy Award in 1993 for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program. He has received a total of six Emmy nominations, one of which was for a guest appearance on HBO’s highly acclaimed “Larry Sanders Show.” Also, he was honored with The American Comedy Award as Television’s Funniest Supporting Male in 1990 and 1991.
Larry “Bubbles” Brown will open the show March 15.
Tickets are $58 for members, $65 for non-members. There are also $85 VIP tickets, which include reserved seating and parking. Tickets for both shows go on sale to members Monday and to the general public Dec. 10. They can be purchased at the Center Box Office, by calling (530) 274-8384, ext. 14, in person at the Center from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday or online at www.thecenterforthearts.org. They can also be bought at BriarPatch Co-op.
For information about either Wynonna or Carvey, or to learn more about the shows, visit www.thecenterforthearts.org.
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