KASU Bluegrass Monday Concert Series at the Historic Collins Theater!

Southern Raised at the Collins Theater!

Historic structures and buildings from years gone by  carry with them, not simply charm and years of use, but stories that echo through their halls.  Their stories are never really complete, they just build and are added to  by future generations.  Never could this ring more true than with a historic theater.  Songs and acts from years gone by, have made this charming structure what it is today.  Enhanced by years, 88 years to be exact in the case of the historic Collins Theater, it holds a special touch that could never be fully reproduced in a new and modern structure.  You have to wonder and think when you enter such a building what the ” walls and curtains” have heard through the past 88 years?  Who has walked across the wooden planks of the stage and what songs reverberated through the large and gorgeous room?  Southern Raised found themselves on this particular stage last Monday night.  Once again, another chapter in the story of this theater began to be written on March 25.  It was truly like stepping back in time………..the original gilded molding, the original tin ceiling.  It was wonderful to see the halls of such a place fill once again, settling in for an evening of music and laughter and ………….another chapter in the Historic Collins Theater.

Another Chapter in the story of the Historic Collins Theater

 

From the time we arrived, we were treated with the gracious hospitality and kindness of Mr. Marty Scarbrough!  After loading in all our gear and doing a sound check, Mr. Scarbrough took us down to a local cafe for dinner.  It was in the 30s and a brisk wind was rather persistent…..so this made for a vigorous walk down the block!  The cafe was so quaint and as I understand it, they are a special part of the KASU Bluegrass Concert Series!  This cafe is normally open only for breakfast and lunch, but on the Monday nights of the Concert Series, they open up for folks to come in and eat, visit and then head down to the Collins Theater for the concert!  Upon entering the cafe, we were warmly greeted with southern hospitality and conversations with folks enjoying dinner before the concert.   The entire evening had a warm and old fashioned flare that was so very refreshing!

I thought we would do something different!:):)…………I don’t believe we have really done very many pics of us getting ready for a concert!…..So, here are some pics of us in the dressing room  prepping for the concert!:)……………….

Matt did get a little “mirror time”!!!!

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Sarah curling up!!!

This dressing room had an abundance of mirrors and electric outlets!!!……….just great for a bunch of girls!!:)

This takes concentration:):)…………………..

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Emmy, almost ready!:)

We get asked all the time……………does Matt ever get a chance to get in the bathroom to get ready!!!!???……………….Well, at home he has his own bathroom, but on the road….well, let us just say:)………….a big dressing room would be a blessing to him!!:):)……..his success rate for using a mirror just increased!!!:):)……………as you saw in the above pic!!!

Curl one……curl two……….curl one thousand two hundred and fifteen!!!!!!:):)

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Curl……lights…..ready!!!

……………………So:) there is a little peek into Southern Raised getting ready for a concert!:):)………………………………………………………………………………

Sarah doing vocal warm ups in the dressing room……I know:)…..this looks odd!:)……just ask her about it in person sometime!!!…………..it really does help!!!

We kicked the evening off with a 45 minute set followed by a brief intermission and then another 45 minute set!  The crowd seemed ignited from the first note and interjected throughout the set with encores and encouragement!!!The crowd was alive and well in Paragould, Arkansas!  The theater seats 541 and we played to a wonderfully enthusiastic, energetic and encouraging packed house!!! We had a great time together!

Southern Raised on stage at the Collins Theater

Here are some views of the beautiful venue we enjoyed last night!!!

View from the Balcony

………………………………………OK:)  so, random question:):)………..Don’t you just love it when the smell of buttered popcorn infiltrates a theater??:):)!!!  Just seems to be that perfect aroma for such a place!!!

This is the original plaster molding and tin ceiling!

…………………………………………………The gentleman in the below pic had a Martin guitar that the various artists that come through the KASU Bluegrass Concert Series will sign and then it will be given to someone with Cerebral Palsy at the end of the season!!  What a wonderful gift and idea!  Matthew is holding the guitar that will be given away!

We signed the top right corner:):)……..

Here is a pic of Southern Raised and Mr. Marty Scarbrough, the host and director of these concert series!  He does an absolutely fantastic job organizing these events!!!  Thank you for a great time, Mr. Scarbrough…..we were  so blessed to be a part of this wonderful event and look froward to coming back!!!

Mr. Marty Scarbrough and Southern Raised

…………………………………………………………………………………………….If you want to hear the concert Southern Raised gave at the Collins Theater, I have good news!!  On Sunday, March 31st at 12:30 pm you can go to www.kasu.org and listen to the concert!

Sarah packing up the product table…..I did help after I took the pic:):)

Keep posted folks!!!  We are heading back to Silver Dollar City this Thursday through Saturday!………….Y’all come on out and join us!!!…………..Blessings, Lindsay