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Riley Center announces star-studded season


Jan Swoope



Contemporary country singer Martina McBride kicks off the MSU Riley Center's fall/winter season Thursday, Aug. 28. The four-time Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year and Grammy winner opens a lineup of artists ranging from Randy Newman, Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen to Bela Fleck, Buddy Guy and Kellie Pickler. Theatrical performances are also included. 


The fall/winter series offers top-quality shows for all ages and all musical and theatrical interests in a setting that is intimate and yet dazzling. Performances are in a fully restored 1889 opera house that seats about 950.  


New season ticket-buyers can purchase season tickets beginning Monday, Aug. 4. Tickets for patrons who want to "build their own package" go on sale Aug. 11. For those, pick three or more season shows to receive a discount and early seating options. 


Individual event tickets are available to the public Aug. 18. 


Riley Center fans like Amy Fulgham of Columbus have been waiting for the season announcement.  


"This is a great list of performers; we're so glad to finally know who we can look forward to. It's time for my friends and I to make plans," said Fulgham, noting that the center brings world-class entertainment to within an hour and a half of the Golden Triangle. 




Upcoming performances 


In addition to McBride on Aug. 28, the season presents: 


  • Sept. 18 - Country music artist and "Dancing With the Stars" winner Kellie Pickler; 


  • Oct. 3 - "The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley"; 


  • Oct. 10 - Julie Fowlis: Music of The Scottish Isles; 


  • Oct. 22 - Lyle Lovett and his Acoustic Group; 


  • Oct. 30 - Singer/songwriter Robert Earl Keen; 


  • Nov. 6 - Rock and Roll Hall of Fame blues guitarist Buddy Guy; 


  • Nov. 13 - Rock and Roll Hall of Fame composer and artist Randy Newman 


  • Dec. 13 - Grammy winner Debby Boone (Christmas show); 


  • Feb. 6, 2015 - Multiple Grammy winner Bela Fleck & The Knights; 


  • Feb. 13, 2015 - "The Berenstein Bears Live!" (family show); 


  • March 3, 2015 - "The Great Gatsby," Montana Repertory Theatre. 


    For ticket prices, seating charts and additional season information, go to or contact the box office, 601-696-2200, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


  • Jan Swoope is the Lifestyles Editor for The Commercial Dispatch.


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