Halloran Center Veep Ron Jewell gets excited. He gets excited talking about the night he saw newgrass mandolin virtuoso Sam Bush play the Grand Ol' Opry: "He must have hit those strings 10,000 times!" He gets excited talking about Hamilton star Mandy Gonzalez: "She's leaving the stage after performing in Hamilton, doing a show here, then flying back to New York for the matinee!" He even gets excited about presenting acts without much name recognition: "I don't know how many people know the Muddy Magnolias now, but people are going to know them!" Mostly, he gets excited about booking acts that will sound great in the Halloran Centre's intimate, acoustically sophisticated theater space.
Speaking of which, today, the Halloran Centre shared Jewell's lineup for the second annual On Stage at the Halloran Centre music series. The list includes marquee names like country super trouper Marty Stuart, and Eagles songwriter JD Souther alongside emerging acts like the Muddy Magnolias and the A cappella group Naturally 7.
"There's no theme," Jewell says of a season bookended by tributes Memphis soul and James Taylor and Carol King.
And then he gets excited and offers one that's as good as any "Memphians love music."
JIM WITTER’S Fire & Rain
Celebrating the Era of James Taylor & Carole King
Saturday, April 20, 2018 7:30 pm
Tickets are on sale now. Series packages are available for purchase through the Orpheum box office. Single tickets can be purchased online at the official Orpheum Theatre website, www.orpheum-memphis.com, the Orpheum Box Office (901.525.3000), and Ticketmaster.