Artown's Summer Soiree Under The Stars series is back with an impressive line-up featuring Broadway favorite, Betty Buckley July 9th; vocal band sensation, Home Free July 16; country super star Clint Black July 23 and singer-songwriter, Mary Chapin Carpenter July 30th. Tickets for this series go on sale Wednesday, April 1st. These concerts will take place in the picturesque outdoor amphitheater, Robert Z. Hawkins at Bartley Ranch. Doors open at 6pm for an 8pm show. Men Wielding Fire will be available to serve dinner at the park during the event.
An Evening With Betty Buckley – July 9th: $60.00 reserved seats; $45.00 general admission lawn seating: In an award-winning career that has encompassed TV, film, stage and concert work around the globe, Betty Buckley is probably best known as the quintessential musical theatre actress. Dubbed "The Voice of Broadway," the multitalented artist is one of a precious few who helped change the face of musical theatre acting with her realistic, naturalistic approach to roles that run the gamut from the wife of an early U.S. President (1776), which marked Buckley's Broadway debut, through a critically acclaimed, Olivier Award-nominated performance as deluded, silent-screen star Norma Desmond (Sunset Boulevard), a part she re-created on Broadway to equal success. Visit www.bettybuckley.com for more information on this performer.
Vocal Band Sensation: Home Free. July 16: $35.00 reserved seats; $25.00 general admission lawn seating: When country vocal band Home Free was crowned Season 4 Champions of NBC's The Sing-Off, their victory was by no means the beginning of a career for the five country stars from Minnesota… rather it was a satisfying culmination of nearly a decade of hard work and commitment to a vocal craft growing in popularity.
Founded by brothers Chris and Adam Rupp during their college years in the early 2000s, Home Free had been perfecting their live show for years prior to The Sing-Off--performing together for crowds in countless State and County Fairs, on college campuses, in Fortune 500 companies, and in theaters all across the country. It was their experience on the road that carried them to a Sing-Off victory, swelling their fan base and bringing their homegrown country style into a national spotlight. For more information on the artist, visit www.homefreemusic.com.
An Evening With Clint Black July 23: $70.00 reserved seats; $50.00 general admission lawn seating: Experience the music of one of country music's brightest stars, singer-songwriter Clint Black. His many talents have taken him even further, as Black has transcended genres to become one of the most successful artists in all the music industry. To date, Black has written, recorded and released more than 100 songs including hit such as Killin' Time, When I Said I Do, A Better Man, Nobody's Home and Loving Blind. For more information on Clint Black, visit www.clintblack.com
Singer-Songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter July 30: $50.00 reserved seats; $40.00 general admission lawn seating: Born in Princeton, New Jersey, Carpenter began playing guitar and writing songs early in life, and was playing her songs in D.C. clubs before she was out of her teens. Word of Carpenter's talents eventually reached Nashville, winning her a deal with Columbia Records, which released her 1987 debut album, Hometown Girl.
Her debut disc set the stage for the success of 1989's State of the Heart and 1990's Shooting Straight in the Dark, each of which produced four Top 20 hits, including the Grammy-winning smash "Down at the Twist and Shout." Those releases were followed by the massive commercial breakthrough of 1992's Come On Come On, which was certified quadruple platinum and yielded no less than seven charting singles. For more information on this artist, visit www.marychapincarpenter.com.
Tickets for the series are available April 1 at
. All tickets are non-refundable. Mary Chapin Carpenter performance begins at 7:00 p.m. For more information, contact Artown at 775-322-1538.