Since 1994, Monroe Area Council for the Arts (MACA) has brought entertainment at an affordable cost to Hiwassee College. Each year, the organization presents its annual Performance Series with a variety of shows in the college’s Performing Arts Center.

“The Performing Series has been important to the cultural life of the Monroe Area,” said Alan Jackson, executive director for MACA.

Purchasing a season pass to the Performance Series saves on the overall cost and has special benefits. Individual show tickets range from $10-$25 dollars, while an individual season ticket holder pays only $70 for the entire series. Families (living in the same household) can purchase season tickets for $160 and season tickets for a couple can be purchased for $120.

“Season passes are the best deal around,” said Jackson. “One can see five great shows for a lower rate, whereas tickets for similar high-quality concerts in other venues are at least four times as much.”

MACA has released the line up for the upcoming Performance Series and tickets are on sale now. The 2018-19 Performance Series is as follows:

Sail On: The Beach Boys Tribute

Saturday, Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Hiwassee College

The kickoff performance of this year’s Performance Series features Sail On: The Beach Boys Tribute. This quintet of players have shared the stage with some of the greatest legends of rock and roll from Brian Wilson’s band, The Zombies, Earth, Wind & Fire, and Cheap Trick. Sail On: The Beach Boys Tribute will have you singing and dancing along with hit after hit, including “Surfin’ Safari,” “Little Deuce Coupe,” “I Get Around,” “Help Me Rhonda,” “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “Don’t Worry Baby,” “California Girls,” “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” “Sloop John B,” “God Only Knows,” “Good Vibrations,” and more.

“Tribute bands have been the favorites of our patrons,” said Jackson. “While the bands fade away, the music is eternal and always a joy to hear again live. Sail On will remind us that The Beach Boys’ music is one of the greatest musical experiences.”

Individual tickets to the show are $25.

Blue Moon Rising

Friday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at Hiwassee College

Blue Moon Rising is a nationally touring band from East Tennessee comprised of Chris West, Keith Garrett, Justin Jenkins, Randall Massengill, Tim Tipton and Brandon Bostic.

Blue Moon Rising garnered international recognition with the release of their third album, “On the Rise,” from Lonesome Day Records, that proved to be a symbolic title for the group as the album debuted at #14 on the Billboard Top 50 Bluegrass Chart in 2005.

“On the Rise” spent 10 months on Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s Bluegrass National Survey Top 15 Album Chart and the single, “This Old Martin Box,” spent the entire 2006 calendar year in the Top 30 Singles Chart.

The album highlights the band’s ability to perform their original, well-crafted bluegrass songs. “One Lonely Shadow” is still on the charts and receiving significant airplay on Sirius-XM and other popular stations around the world.

“For years, I’ve heard about how wonderful Blue Moon Rising is, but they were no longer touring. When word of a new tour reached us, we scheduled them. And, we cannot wait for them to perform for MACA patrons,” Jackson said.

Individual tickets to the show are $20.

Knoxville Opera

Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, at 7 p.m. at Hiwassee College

The Knoxville Opera has prepared this unique concert for the Monroe Area Council for the Arts’ annual Performance Series.

“If you love beautiful voices, you must come see the treat our friends at the Knoxville Opera have planned,” said Jackson.

“A Musical Trip Around the World” will feature an international assortment of popular Broadway, movie, operetta, and opera hits performed by soprano Brittany Robinson, tenor Brandon Russell, and baritone Eric McKeever—the cast of Knoxville Opera’s outreach production of “Lucia di Lammermoor.”

This show reflects the vast musical experiences available through the Knoxville Opera. Voices series to its educational programs for local schools to its highly-esteemed annual opera season. This concert will be hosted and accompanied by Knoxville Opera’s distinguished Artistic Director Brian Salesky.

Individual tickets to the show are $20.

Missoula Children’s Theatre presents “Robin Hood”

Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, at 6 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, at 3 p.m. at Hiwassee College

Missoula Children’s Theatre returns to Monroe County to present the classic, “Robin Hood.” More than 50 local children, who audition for the performance at the beginning of the week, will appear in the show.

“Missoula has been part of MACA and the lives of local children for 20 years,” said Jackson. “What our young people accomplish in just one week is amazing and everyone — young and old — should come to enjoy the purity of children’s theatre.”

Embark on an adventure with the legendary Robin Hood, Maid Marian, the Sheriff of Nottingham and a host of others in a musical wonderland. The time is simply long ago and the place is the magical, mythical Sherwood Forest. The hero, Robin Hood, and his Merry Band of colorful characters seek the help of the Foresters, manage to waylay the Aristocrats and set out to rescue Maid Marian and Marian’s Maid. Prince John tries to stay calm as his sheriff, guards and horsemen botch Robin’s arrest, thanks to the aromatic skunks. Wacky humor and an original score add to this fresh new look at a legendary outlaw in a legendary time.

This production is part of the Missoula Children’s Theatre’s unique international touring project and is presented locally by MACA for the 20th year, thanks to contributions from MACA supporters and the Monroe County United Way.

If you have child that would like to audition for Robin Hood, please follow MACA on Facebook. Auditions and other information will be posted there.

Individual tickets to the show are $10 for adults. Student tickets are $5. Children ages 5 and under will be admitted for free.

7 Bridges: The Ultimate Eagles Experience

Friday, April 5, 2019, at 7:30 p.m. at Hiwassee College

7 Bridges: The Ultimate Eagles Experience is a tribute to the music of The Eagles. Using no backing tracks or harmonizers, 7 Bridges re-creates the experience of an Eagles concert from the band’s most prolific period.

Every show features one hit single after another with some mighty Don Henley and Joe Walsh surprises sprinkled into the mix.

7 Bridges offers a blend of songs to capture all levels of Eagles’ devotees.

7 Bridges is a tour de force of talent combining musicianship, vocal precision, and a stage presence that has garnered them nationwide acclaim.

The band features Jason Manning as Glenn Frey, Keith Thomas as Don Henley, Bryan Graces as Randy Meisner/Timothy B. Schmit, Rob Evans as the eccentric and unpredictable Joe Walsh, Blake Hall as guitar wizard Don Felder, and Vernon Roop as Joe Vitale, the often unsung hero of many Eagles’ studio albums and live performances.

“Bands like 7 Bridges spend years assembling the right musicians and honing the sound to honor a legendary group like The Eagles,” said Jackson.

7 Bridges provides an all-age, family friendly show weaved into a powerful rock-n-roll concert experience.

Individual tickets to the show are $25.

How to buy tickets

Tickets can be purchased online at www.monroearts.com, by phone at 423-442-3210, by email at maca491@gmail.com, or at the MACA Office, located inside the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce office at 520 Cook Street, Suite A, in Madisonville.

To order by mail, fill out a Season Pass order form and mail it to MACA at P.O. Box 491, Madisonville, TN 37354.

A variety of ticket outlets in Monroe County will also have tickets for sale. Tickets will also be available at the box office one hour before showtime the day of the events if seats are still available. There is no refund for purchased tickets.

For more information, contact MACA at maca491@gmail.com or 423-442-3210.

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