Clint Black opens Batte Center season

May. 29, 2014 @ 04:50 PM

The Batte Center at Wingate University kicks off their 2014-15 season in September with Clint Black, one of country music’s biggest stars. Black took country music by storm in 1989 with his debut album, “Killin’ Time” racking up an unprecedented five number one singles and numerous awards. The album eventually went triple platinum, and CMT included it on their “100 Greatest Albums in Country Music History” list.

The Batte Center schedule includes events for families, music lovers and cultural explorers. The line-up is packed with world-class artists lauded by everyone from the Grammy Awards, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) to film maker Ken Burns and Steve Martin.

A powerhouse double-bill featuring two of the best bands in bluegrass, The Del McCoury Band and Hot Rize will perform in October. McCoury’s been called “a national treasure” by the Washington Post and Hot Rize is “the great modern bluegrass band,” Steve Martin said. This concert celebrates the debut of Hot Rize’s newest CD scheduled for release in October. The CD will be the first by the legendary band in 10 years and the first studio album since Take It Home was released in 1990.

“This season we’re continuing our commitment to presenting engaging, innovative and affordable programs for families,” said Laura Kratt, Wingate University’s director of cultural events. “I think all ages will be enchanted by the large-scale illuminated body puppets of Lightwire Theatre and their creative reinvention of classic stories we all know so well.” Lightwire founders Ian Carney and Corbin Popp met while in Twyla Tharp’s Broadway show Movin’ Out where they discovered their mutual love of art, theater and technology. In January, families can rock out with one of the “all-stars” of the indie family music scene, Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players. This fall, families can explore the rich culture of Spain with the dynamic singers, musicians and dancers of Flamenco Vivo. Based in N.C. and internationally known, this company excels in the art of cross-cultural expressive arts. “They are a real Carolina cultural treasure,” Kratt said.

The Batte Center at Wingate University presents the 2014-15 season:

An intimate evening with Clint Black - Sept. 26, 2014

Prolific singer-songwriter Clint Black is one of county music’s biggest starts and has recorded and released more than 100 songs, a benchmark in any artist’s career. CMT lists his debut album “Killin Time” as one of the “100 Greatest Albums in Country Music.” Opening Act: Michaelis

The Del McCoury Band and Hot Rize with Red Knuckles and the Trailblazers - October 18, 2014

Called the “most formidable bluegrass outfit in existence” by Billboard Magazine, The Del McCoury Band performs original and traditional compositions with “ferocious, purebred musicianship” - USA Today. Holding 30+ IBMA awards and multiple Grammy Awards, they’re the most honored group in bluegrass history. Hot Rize, the IBMA’s very first Entertainer of the Year, has reinvented bluegrass with their fresh approach to traditional music since 1978. Known for their powerful original songs, tight-as-a-drum ensemble playing, and dynamic stage show, they will play favorites as well as songs from their new CD.

Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana - Nov. 9, 2014

Through its purity of form, percussive rhythms and engaging intensity, Flamenco Vivo immerses audiences of all ages in an exciting evening of flamenco featuring accomplished musicians and dancers from the U.S. and Spain. Recommended for ages 10+

Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players - Jan. 245, 2015

Grammy-nominated, Justin Roberts is one of the “all-stars” of the indie family music scene that dishes out unexpectedly intelligent and whimsically rocking music for kids and their parents.

Recommended for ages 3-10

Wanderlust: from Here to Timbuktu written & performed by Martin Dockery Feb, 6, 2015

The Orlando Sentinel describes Wanderlust as “A tour de force travelogue that leads you through the far reaches of rural West Africa, and also into the restless, spirited searchings of Dockery’s own mind... vivid and comical. … Dockery is the real deal, and Wanderlust is magical.” This show won of Best of Fest Award at the Orlando, Ottawa, Winnipeg and Vancouver Fringe Festivals.

Mavis Staples Feb. 21, 2015

Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Mavis Stapel is a bonafide blues/soul/gospel diva and “has an almost superhuman ability to implant the pure power of passion and emotion” - Rolling Stone magazine.

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The Ugly Duckling & The Tortoise & the Hare March 22, 2015

Using body puppets outlined with electroluminescent wire, Lightwire Theatre’s larger-than-life characters illuminate the darkened stage and wend their way into audiences’ hearts.

 Commemorating 150th Anniversary of the end of the Civil War:

Songs & Stories of the Civil War with Bobby Horton March 27, 2015

Bobby Horton explores the stories of both the North and South through the music they loved. A seasoned performer and music historian, Horton produced and performed music scores for sixteen PBS films by Ken Burns, including “The Civil War.” “I don’t believe I’ve met anyone quite like Bobby in the ability to understand the soul of American music” said film maker Ken Burns.

The Steel Wheels with opener Red June on April 11, 2015

Famous for their raw energy on stage, The Steel Wheels have taken the Americana scene by storm with their heady brew of original soulful mountain music infused with the bell-clear harmonies of their shared Mennonite heritage. Opener Red June’s songwriting has delighted home audiences in Asheville and abroad.

 Tickets are on sale now to Season Subscribers and members of The Friends of Batte Center by mail, email, phone and fax. To subscribe, patrons can buy three or more shows; and The Friends of the Batte memberships start at $50. Single tickets will go on sale to the general public on June 20; tickets will be mailed out in August. While the Batte Center Box Office window is closed for in-person walkup sales over the summer, it will re-open with the fall school term in August. Visit Wingate University’s Batte Center website at for a complete schedule of events, ticket prices, as well as subscriber and membership information or call 704-233-8300.