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PHOTO SUBMITTED The Avett Brothers come to ASU Sept. 8 as a part of An Appalachian Summer Festival.

2016’s An Appalachian Summer Festival lineup


or more than three decades, Appalachian State University’s annual summer arts attraction, An Appalachian Summer Festival, has offered unique and enriching arts experiences to audiences across the Southeast, combining world-class performing and visual arts programming and a spectacular mountain location in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The festival’s 32nd season will take place June 28-Aug. 6, with a special post-festival concert taking place Sept. 8. Ticket prices range from $5 to $50, while some events are free. To purchase tickets, call or visit the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts box office at (800) 841-2787 or (828) 262-4046. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.appsummer. org. Following is the full 2016 festival schedule:

SCHAEFER POPULAR SERIES Broadway and Beyond with Tony Award Winner Kelli O’Hara

July 9 Tony Award-winning Broadway leading lady Kelli O’Hara has dazzled audiences and critics alike in the most recent revivals of “The King

and I,” “South Pacific” and “The Pajama Game.” Performing with a quintet, O’Hara takes the stage for an evening of Broadway showstoppers and familiar favorites from the Great American Songbook. The performance begins at 8 p.m. July 9 in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts.

Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo and Melissa Etheridge

July 15 This co-headlining show will feature Grammy and Oscar-award winner Melissa Etheridge, with four-time Grammy-winning Pat Benatar performing with longtime bandmate and husband, Neil Giraldo. Performing their classics hits, fans can expect Etheridge’s “Ain’t It Heavy” and “I’m the Only One,” as well as Benatar’s chart topping “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” and “Love Is a Battlefield.” The show begins at 8 p.m. July 15 in the Holmes Convocation Center on the ASU campus.

Pink Martini

July 25 Pink Martini performs a stylish and sophisticated blend of jazz, classical and old-fashioned pop on concert stages around the world, bringing together unique melodies SEE FESTIVAL, PAGE 74

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