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Marty Stuart performs in April.

Marty Stuart performs in April.

Paramount Bristol announces spring lineup

February 28, 2018

The spring lineup at Paramount Center for the Arts, Bristol. Tenn., runs the gamut from country to comedy, classic rock to indie films, and chamber music to bluegrass.

Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day with vocal powerhouse Wynonna Judd who is fronting a new band, Wynonna & the Big Noise. The feisty redhead’s bluesy swagger and top-notch songwriting thrill fans of country music and roots-oriented Americana. The show is March 17 at 8 p.m.

Black Jacket Symphony, known for recreating classic albums, returns April 6 at 8 p.m., with Guns N’ Roses “Appetite for Destruction.”

Country star Phil Vassar’s soulful lyrics and infectious melodies capture the heart. Piano-playing Vassar debuted on the Nashville scene writing hits for other country artists including “My Next Thirty Years” by Tim McGraw, “She’s Right on the Money” by Alan Jackson, and Jo Dee Messina’s “Bye, Bye” and “I’m Alright.” He performs April 7 at 8 p.m.

World-renowned theater organist Mark Andersen gives a hands-on demonstration of the Paramount’s Mighty WurliTzer followed by a short concert April 21 from 1-3 p.m. Andersen has performed in the most prestigious concert halls in the world, and he has over 38 stereo recordings and 330 television shows for International Artists Foundation. This family-friendly event is free to the public.

Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and musician Marty Stuart is living, breathing country-music history. Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives are coming back to the Paramount April 22 at 7 p.m.

Talented singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist EmiSunshine is one of the top 10 country artists you need to know, says Rolling Stone. This teenage musician writes “intense Appalachian folk tunes in the Carter Family tradition and sings them with wisdom and ferocity.” VIP meet-and-greet available. She performs April 28 at 7:30 p.m.

For a down-home, hilarious comedy experience nobody beats James Gregory. This veteran comic’s rib-tickling reflections on life from the front porch are real, funny and audiences love it. Gregory performs May 4 at 8 p.m.

The Paramount also hosts performances from local arts partners.

The Paramount Chamber Players’ season finale, “Of Bohemians and Princes,” features two masterpieces: Beethoven’s “Archduke Piano Trio,” one of the most transcendent works in all of chamber music, and the Dvorak piano quartet, a work filled with folk melodies and the sounds of gypsy rhythms. They perform May 5 at 7:30 p.m.

The performing company and students of Bristol Ballet present family-friendly classic, “Alice in Wonderland” May 12 at 5:30 p.m.

Theatre Bristol, the oldest continuously run children’s theatre in northeast Tennessee, presents “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” a stage musical based on the 1968 film, June 22-24 and June 29-July 1.

Tickets to all events are available online at www.paramountbristol.org or at the box office, open Tuesday through Friday from noon to 6 p.m.