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Concert series features Youngsville country star

Country crooner Jason Michael Carroll, a Youngsville native, will perform Nov. 11 at Louisburg College’s Jones Performing Arts Center. The college’s Allen de Hart Concert Series begins Sept. 9 and runs through April 16. Contributed photo

LOUISBURG — Tickets are now on sale for Louisburg College’s 65th Allen de Hart Concert Series, with performances ranging from R&B tunes and classic rock hits to a country music star with local roots and a stunt dog show at the Seby B. Jones Performing Arts Center.

The season opens Sept. 9 with The Spinners. The group earned six Grammy nominations and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and sold millions of records worldwide.

A Brothers Revival, led by Allman Brothers’ bassist David Goldflies (1978-82), is a legacy Allman Brothers tribute whose leader spent years learning from and performing with Gregg, Dickey, Butch and Jaimoe. The band will perform classic Allman Brothers songs such as “Jessica,” “One Way Out,” “Statesboro Blues,” “Midnight Rider,” “Melissa,” “Ramblin’ Man,” “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed,” “Whipping Post” and a few surprises. This show comes to town Oct. 21.

On Nov. 11, Youngsville native Jason Michael Carroll will bring his talents to the Jones Performing Arts Center. In 2007, Carroll’s album “Waitin’ In The Country” produced three Top 40 hits including “Alyssa Lies,” “Livin’ Our Love Song” and “I Can Sleep When I’m Dead.” His debut release soared to No. 1 on the U.S. country charts, selling nearly half a million copies. Carroll’s current hit single, “Tell Me Your Name (Diane’s Song)” deals with the tough topic of Alzheimer’s disease.

Six-time Grammy Award nominee Nnenna Freelon teams up with the John Brown Big Band on Dec. 2 for an evening of traditional holiday music. The joint act will perform yuletide favorites such as “Let it Snow,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and “Silent Night.”

On Feb. 23, Cher tribute artist Lisa McClowry will portray the Goddess of Pop as featured in her one-woman Broadway-style live stage show “The Beat Goes On.” 

The National Dance Company of Ireland brings its popular show “Rhythm of the Dance” to the JPAC on March 25. This extravaganza celebrates all elements of Irish culture with champion step dancers and innovative choreography, Irish musicians and singers and storytelling. “Rhythm of the Dance” features new costumes, step dance routines, musical numbers and staging.

The season closes with a special afternoon matinee appearance by Perondi’s Stunt Dog Experience on April 16. With tricks, big air stunts, comedy antics, dancing dogs and athletic feats, it’s billed as “the most entertaining show of its kind.” All the dogs have been rescued from pounds and shelters from across the country. The mission is to promote animal rescue, pet adoption, spaying and neutering and to encourage people spend more time with their pets.

All concerts will take place in the Frances Boyette Dickson Auditorium in Louisburg College’s Seby B. Jones Performing Arts Center. Tickets are available online at or by calling the Louisburg College Box Office at 919-497-3300 or toll-free at 866-773-6354. 

Tickets may also be purchased in person at the box office, which is located in the JPAC’s Holt Lobby. The box office is open from 1-5 p.m. on weekdays as well as 90 minutes before showtime for each performance. Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis, and seats are not reserved except for a special section at orchestra center. 

All performances will take place at 7:30 p.m., with the exception of Perondi’s Stunt Dogs, which will take place at 3 p.m. Doors open 45 minutes before all shows. Louisburg College offers a discount price for seniors and children as well as a special rate for groups of 20 or more.

The college offers sponsorship opportunities for businesses and organizations through the Bravo Society. Members receive special benefits, including name recognition prior to the show and in the playbill, free tickets for employees and invitations to Louisburg College exhibit openings throughout the year. For more information, call Robert Poole at 919-497-3251.