The 2016-2017 Lineup

On behalf of Columbia State Community College, I welcome you to the 15th season of the First Farmers Performance Series.

This season is truly music at its best that I know you will enjoy! I join you in looking forward to a wonderful and exciting season of entertainment in the Cherry Theater.
~President Janet Smith

Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016
John McEuen, Les Thompson and Family

Join host John McEuen, founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, (with his banjo, guitar, fiddle and mandolin) and company to learn about the magic time, when three generations came together, genres merged and one of the most iconic records came to life. McEuen joins forces with a cast of fine players that includes former founding NGDB member Les Thompson, as they share the music, stories and memories of the iconic Will the Circle Be Unbroken album and how The Carter Family music converged with their own.

Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016
The Time Jumpers
featuring Vince Gill, Kenny Sears, "Ranger Doug" Green and Paul Franklin


Tap any member of multi Grammy nominated The Time Jumpers on the shoulder and the face that turns to greet you will be that of one who’s made major contributions to the richness and vigor of country music. The Time Jumpers started as an assemblage of high-dollar studio musicians who wanted to spend some spare time jamming with their sonically gifted buddies.

Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016
Christmas with the Annie Moses Band


Warner Classics artist, the Annie Moses Band, has been inspiring and entertaining audiences for over a decade. A captivating blend of folk and classical, the Annie Moses Band is a talented ensemble of songwriters, singers, musicians, and siblings combining technical skill with exhilarating showmanship. Not coincidentally – because each specializes in specific instruments, they fit together neatly as a unit. Just listen to their album, “This Glorious Christmas”, whose blend of chamber strings, soaring vocals, and infectious rhythms transform the familiar songs of the season into pure excitement.

Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017
Scott Mulvahill

As a teenager, Scott picked up the bass guitar on a whim. After uncovering his musical talent, he also began to explore guitar, piano, and singing, and eventually discovered his love for songwriting. Since then, he’s shared the stage with some of the greatest artists of modern music - Ricky Skaggs, Alison Krauss, Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees, Bruce Hornsby, Brad Paisley, Peter Frampton, Steven Curtis Chapman, Emmylou Harris, and many more. He’s a full-time member of Ricky Skaggs’ band Kentucky Thunder, and has received honors from the International Songwriting Competition.

Thursday, March 16, 2017
Sierra Hull

Sierra Hull has been recognized from age 11 as a virtuoso mandolin-player, astonishing audiences and fellow-musicians alike. Now a seasoned touring musician nearing her mid-20s, Hull has delivered her most inspired, accomplished, and mature recorded work to date; no small feat. With instrumentation comprised largely of mandolin, bass, and vocals, this is genre-transcending music at its best. Hull speaks eloquently, in her challenging and sensitive originals, her heartfelt vocals, and once again breaks new ground on the mandolin.

Thursday, April 20, 2017
Columbia State Spring Musical

Announced in the spring, the Columbia State Commercial Entertainment program’s spring musical is the capstone performance of this year’s Performance Series.  Past shows include Once Upon a Mattress, A Princess in a Pea, Shrek The Musical, 9 to 5, Cats, and Grease.

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