Over three decades have passed since forming their original line-up in 1986, Widespread Panic is still hungry to be the best band they can be, every single night, for their loyal fan base. Their accomplishments over that time are well-documented. During their impressive run, the band has released 12 studio albums (including Street Dogs) and 43 live albums, selling more than 3 million copies as one of the most successful touring acts in the world.
Multi-platinum R&B group B2K (Omarion, Boog, Fizz and Raz-B), will kick off a limited engagement tour entitled “The Millennium Tour” along with R&B crooner, Mario. Also scheduled to perform; Pretty Ricky, Lloyd, Ying Yang Twins, Chingy, and Bobby V. Don’t miss the Millennial concert party of the year.
One of the Most Electrifying Live Performers in Music
Gary Clark Jr. won’t be going anywhere for a while, at least, and he remains the great living link between Hubert Sumlin and Childish Gambino.
As for his most recent album, Live/North America 2016, released in March 2016, that was not just a stopgap between his last studio release, 2015’s The Story of Sonny Boy Slim, and whatever comes next. “Some of my favorite albums of all time are live albums,” he points out. “Songs can take a different direction based on how the audience responds and how the band is feeling. They might switch things up, and it keeps it exciting. That walking the tightrope is something I’ve always respected in jazz, too — how somebody like Coltrane or Miles Davis or Billy Morgan can just take it out and then reel it back in, even though you’re gone.”
Maybe that’s as good a way as any to describe the appeal of Clark’s own playing, and the “danger” he says he looks for — taking a solo out until it’s gone, daddy, gone, only to let the music return to sender with the reassuring sound of his honey-thick vocals. Or, as John Lennon might’ve put it: “He roller-coaster.” In Clark’s dynamic musical world, combustible tension and exquisite release are the things that truly come together.
The Stories Behind Nashville’s Greatest Hits
The songwriters who created some of country music’s greatest hits will perform live at DPAC in a special benefit show. At Nashville Songwriters at DPAC, the writers behind dozens of #1 country hits bring their songs and stories to DPAC to help benefit three local organizations: Kidznotes, a youth orchestra, band and choir program that uses music to encourage children to succeed; The North Carolina Boys Academy, Christian boarding school for teenage boys; and Voyager Academy Friends of the Arts, which aims to increase support for visual and performing arts at the Academy.
These eight top country songwriters will sing their hits and share their stories, bringing fans closer to the creative process that has produced some of the biggest hits in country music:
Jessi Alexander has written four #1 songs, including “I Drive Your Truck,” recorded by Lee Brice and winner of Song of the Year at the 2013 CMA Awards, 2013 NSAI Awards, and 2014 ACM Awards. A few of her other hits include Blake Shelton’s “Mine Would Be You” and “Drink On It.” Alexander also co-wrote Miley Cyrus’s “The Climb,” which topped the charts and won Best Song from a Movie at the 2009 MTV Movie Awards.
J.T. Harding began his music career after winning the game show VH1 Rock ‘N Roll Jeopardy, which allowed him to record his first demo in Los Angeles. He worked with rocker Marilyn Manson and the band Linkin Park in California before moving to Nashville, where he wrote hits like “Different For Girls” by Dierks Bentley, “Sangria” by Blake Sheltonand Uncle Kracker’s “Smile,” which topped the charts in and outside of the States.
Kelley Lovelace began his music career working and writing at music publishing company Perdido Key Music. In three years he became President and dubbed it Music Alley before choosing to write full time. He has received Song of the Year nominations from the Grammy Awards, the Country Music Association (CMA), the Academy of Country Music (ACM), and the TNN Music Awards. His work includes “He Didn’t Have to Be” by Brad Paisley, “Don’t Forget to Remember Me” by Carrie Underwood, and “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight” by Randy Houser.
Jeff Outlaw is an accomplished songwriter of nine years and collaborator with many of the artists participating in this show. Outlaw is also the founder of Loud Lemon Foundation and recently signed his third contract extension with THiS Music. His hits include “She’s On Her Way” by Phil Vassar and “Still Ain’t Made It Home” by Casey Donahew. He has created numerous video treatments for music videos with Vassar and served as Creative Advisor for Vassar’s popular show, Songs from the Cellar. He lives in Bahama, NC, with his family.
Deric Ruttan is a Grammy-nominated, Nashville-based singer/songwriter and a Canadian country music artist. He has had more than 70 songs recorded by other artists, include the chart-topping “Mine Would Be You” by Blake Shelton, “Any Ol’ Barstool” by Jason Aldean, and “What Was I Thinking” by Dierks Bentley. Deric is currently in the studio recording music for a new EP, to be released on his own independent label, Black T Records.
Wynn Varble began writing songs at age 15 and was performing locally in a few country and bluegrass bands by the time he graduated high school. He later moved to Nashville where he signed with Reba McEntire’s Starstruck Music. His songs “Waiting on a Woman” by Brad Paisley, “Have You Forgotten” by Darryl Worley, and “Little More Country Than That” by Easton Crobin were all nominated for Song Of The Year by either the ACMs or the CMAs. Varble was named Songwriter of the Year in 2009 by the Nashville Songwriters Association.
The Warren Brothers are an American songwriting duo who have written hits for several chart-topping country artists and rock bands. Brad and Brett Warren started as recording artists in their hometown of Tampa, Fla., before moving to Nashville. They were CMA nominees for Duo of the Year for six straight years and had Grammy nominations for Song of the Year and a CMA Song of the Year. Among their hits are “Highway Don’t Care” by Tim McGraw, “Red Solo Cup” by Toby Keith, and “Drink to That All Night” by Jerrod Niemann.
Jimmy Yeary began his music career singing in churches with his family, playing more than 200 dates a year singing Southern gospel music. In 1994 Jimmy moved to Nashville, where songwriting became his main focus. He began writing for Skyline Music Publishing and later signed with THiS Music. He co-wrote “I Drive Your Truck” with Jessi Alexander and Connie Harrington, and other top hits include “Everything is Gonna be Alright” by David Lee Murphy with Kenny Chesney, “Anywhere With You” by Jake Owen, and “Why Wait” by Rascal Flatts.
Brand-New Adventure Based on the #1 PBS KIDS TV Series
The grr-ific musical for little tigers and grown-ups alike is back! The hugely popular Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE!, based on the #1 PBS KIDS TV series, has delighted live audiences on stages across the country. Now, in its fourth year of touring, your favorite characters are hopping back on board Trolley and coming to DPAC for Two Shows on April 6 with DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD LIVE: KING FOR A DAY!, Daniel and all of his friends invite you for a brand-new adventure in Neighborhood of Make-Believe where Daniel learns just what it takes to be King. The beloved characters come alive on stage to captivate you with new songs to sing along to, magical moments, and SURPRISE guests along the way! It’s an event filled with tigertastic fun, teaching the valuable lessons of kindness, helping others, and being a friend. Don’t miss Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE: King for a Day... a royally great time!
$40 - $75
TIME: Noon – 6pm
VIP BACON AND MAC N’ CHEESE TASTING SESSION
VIP SESSION $75.00. The BACON + MAC & CHEESE SESSION offers an exclusive tasting experience. Each guest enjoys all of the benefits outlined, with 2 extra hours of tastings, limited admission, a souvenir glass and mac & cheese bowl, and some surprises. These tickets are limited and will SELL OUT. Squeal like a pig in a cheese blanket!
Bottoms Up, Bacon Down
75 Craft Beers, Wines, Spirits and Ciders
16 Mac & Cheese Styles
Lots and Lots of Bacon!
BEER & BACON TASTING SESSION
$55.00 TICKETS ARE $65.00 DAY OF EVENT
Valid 2pm – 6pm. The BEER & BACON TASTING SESSION offers an exclusive tasting experience.
BEER TASTING SESSION
$40.00 TICKETS ARE $50.00 DAY OF EVENT
Valid 3pm – 6pm. Your admission includes a souvenir glass and boundless portions of over 75 craft beers and wines, and all live entertainment.
NO THIRD PARTY TICKET SELLERS: Living Social, Groupon or whatever your favorite coupon site is will not feature any of these tickets for sale.
ALL EVENTS WILL GO ON AS SCHEDULED RAIN OR SHINE. In the event of severe weather please check our website, social media or call our weather hotline 919.459.8332 for any updates or changes to the event.
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What’s on the griddle…
Bacon, more bacon, and then some bacon12 restaurants and Food Trucks will feature awesome BACON dishes. These stations are open until 3pm. After that – we don’t guarantee anything…..but you never know. Each guest gets a souvenir glass plus 75+ of their favorite craft beers, wine, spirits and ciders.NEW MAC & CHEESE Pavilion For our VIP Ticket holders. We’re having a melt down with 16 different MAC & CHEESE’s for you to try at the show. Try everybody’s favorite dish from CARY’S best food trucks and restaurants. These station are open until 2pm. After that – we don’t guarantee anything…..but you never know.NEW Bacon ART DisplaysThe Bacon Griddles will be cooking 2 tons of gourmet bacon right on-site.Great Music on The Main Stage All DayA Whole Hog Butchering DemoAll of this plus fun foodie exhibits and so much more!
After an epic and storied 45-year career that launched an era of rock ‘n’ roll legends, KISS announced they will launch their final tour ever in 2019, appropriately named “End of the Road.”
Known for their trademark larger-than-life blistering performances, KISS has proven for decades why they are hands down the most iconic live show in rock ‘n’ roll. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers who have sold more than 100 million albums worldwide have said this tour is devoted to the millions of KISS Army fans.
"All that we have built and all that we have conquered over the past four decades could never have happened without the millions of people worldwide who've filled clubs, arenas and stadiums over those years. This will be the ultimate celebration for those who've seen us and a last chance for those who haven't. KISS Army, we're saying goodbye on our final tour with our biggest show yet and we'll go out the same way we came in... Unapologetic and Unstoppable," said KISS.