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The Franklin News-Post
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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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Harvester Performance Center announces inaugural schedule
Tickets go on sale Feb. 10; opening night is April 11
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Courtesy Photo: American folk rock singers the Indigo Girls, consisting of Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, will perform at the new Harvester Performance Center on April 14. The duo’s biggest hit in the late 80s was “Closer to Fine.”

Monday, February 10, 2014

By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

The Harvester Performance Center will offer music lovers a variety of performances, ranging from southern rock to classic country to folk rock to beach music, when it opens this spring.

Scheduled performances will include the Indigo Girls, "Whispering" Bill Anderson, Ty Herndon, The Embers, Suzy Bogguss, The Mavericks and the Desert Rose Band.

"We've lined up music from a lot of different genres -- country, rock, even beach music," said Gary Jackson, general manager of the Harvester Center. "The acoustics and the intimacy of the venue will make this an attractive destination for even major performers and a great place to enjoy a show. Every spot in the house offers a great view of the stage. "

Clay Cook and Levi Lowrey will perform on the opening night of the new performance center in Rocky Mount on April 11.

Cook began his musical career in 1996 at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass., with fellow student and singer-songwriter John Mayer.

The two formed a duo called Lo-Fi Masters and collaborated on several songs on Mayer's "Room for Squares" album, including "No Such Thing," "Love Song for No One" and "Neon."

When the duo parted ways, Cook joined the Marshall Tucker Band. He also released two solo albums before joining the Zac Brown Band for their Grammy-nominated album "You Get What You Give."

Lowrey was a co-writer on the Zac Brown Band's hit "Colder Weather" and is preparing to release a second solo album this month through Zac Brown's Southern Ground Artists.

Other performances scheduled for the spring and summer include the following artists and dates:

April 24: Indigo Girls; April 26: Carolina Chocolate Drops; April 29: Rodney Crowell; May 8: "Whispering" Bill Anderson; May 13: Spirit Family Reunion; May 22: Ty Herndon; May 31: The Black Lillies; June 5: The Embers; June 7: David Wilcox; June 14: Eddie From Ohio; June 18: The Bow Benders; July 11: Suzy Bogguss; July 18: Lonesome River Band; August 6: The Mavericks; and August 15: Desert Rose Band.

Seating is general admission. Ticket prices will range from artist to artist and can be found on Harvester's website at

The goal of the new Harvester Performance Center is to create an economic engine that contributes to the revitalization of Rocky Mount with 175 performances annually.

"In community after community, we have seen how the power of the arts remakes a local economy," said Assistant Town Manager Matt Hankins. "When fully realized, Harvester will draw people from around the region who will enjoy world-class performances in our wonderful town."

"The performance center will make Rocky Mount more attractive for restaurateurs, retailers, and for the hospitality industry to locate their businesses," Hankins added.

The Harvester Performance Center is located in the old Lynch Hardware building on Franklin Street, just across from the farmers' market.

For news and updates, 'Like' the Harvester Performance Center's page on Facebook and follow it on Twitter @The HarvesterRM.

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