Bookends, a Simon and Garfunkel tribute act, is headed to the Peoples Bank Theatre in Marietta next year, alongside numerous other exciting acts. (

First Anniversary Season Announced At Peoples Bank Theatre

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The historic Peoples Bank Theatre is announcing a new season of shows as it prepares to mark its first year of operation since its extensive restoration was completed at the beginning of 2016.

Tickets the theatre’s first anniversary Spotlight Series of events went on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 21.

The series includes a wide variety of live entertainment, from acrobatics and illusions that seem to defy the laws of physics, to classic musical selections by the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and The Hit Men, as well as veteran singers including gospel artist Sandi Patty and blues musician Delbert McClinton.

The Hit Men – Jan. 14 at 8 p.m.
Peoples Bank Theatre celebrates its First Anniversary with The Hit Men, a group of legendary performers who have shared the stage with Frankie Valli and the Four Seaons, Carly Simon, Cat Stevens, Elton John Tommy James and the Shondells, Rod Stewart, Carole King, Jim Croce, Three Dog Night, and more. The Hit Men perform a Billboard Chart topping show of songs from the 1960s and ‘70s. During their exciting multi-media performance, The Hit Men will take the audience behind the scenes with “insider” stories about what it was like on the road and in recording sessions with Frankie, Tommy, Carly, Cat, Jim, Elton and many more.

Golden Dragon Acrobats – Jan. 27 at 7 p.m.

The Golden Dragon Acrobats represent the best of a time honored tradition that began more than 25 centuries ago. The Golden

Dragons are recognized throughout the United States and abroad as the premiere Chinese acrobatic touring company. World renowned impresario Danny Chang and choreographer Angela Chang combine award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques to present a show of breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty.

The Golden Dragon Acrobats count among their distinctions being a seven-time recipient of the National Association of Campus Activities Entertainer of the Year Award, the Campus Activities Today’s Performer of the Year Award and, most recently, two most prestigious New York Drama Desk Award nominations for their Broadway performances.

Sandi Patty – Feb. 1 at 7 p.m.
Sandi Patty  is the most awarded female vocalist in contemporary Christian music history, with 40 Dove Awards, as well as five Grammy awards, four Billboard Music Awards, three platinum records, five gold records, and 11 million units sold. She was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2004 and as an Indiana Living Legend in 2007. She has released over 30 albums, including her latest Dove Award winning album, The Edge of the Divine (2010).

While her 30-year career is heavily rooted in the gospel music industry, Sandi Patty has had the opportunity in more recent years to
extend her career outside the genre. She has performed with symphonies across the country, including the New York Pops, Boston Pops, Cincinnati Pops, Dallas Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Houston Symphony, and Oklahoma City Philharmonic. She also headlined the title role in sold out performances of the musical Hello, Dolly! with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, co- starring Tony Award winner Gary Beach in January 2012.

The Jason Bishop Show – Feb. 3 at 7 p.m.
As America’s Hottest Illusionist, Jason Bishop might read your mind one second or make goldfish appear the next. Jason was handpicked by LiveNation to perform with Ke$ha, Matt & Kim, Paramore, Weezer, Drake, and many other celebs at multiple Bamboozle Festivals. His performance abilities have led him from L.A to NYC and Mexico to Sweden, as well as every state and many countries in-between.

Bishop’s combination of modern music, fast paced magic, sleight of hand and audience participation have landed him in several notable venues, including Celebrity & Disney Cruise lines, Hollywood’s Magic Castle and the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. He was also named APCA’s Best Performing Artist of the Year.

The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra – Feb. 24 at 8 p.m.
Peoples Bank Theatre will relive the glory days of Big Band music when the one and only Tommy Dorsey Orchestra comes to Marietta in February. The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra is recognized as one of the best all-around dance bands. It could swing with the best of them, and no other band could come close to Tommy’s when it came to playing ballads. Tommy Dorsey, “The Sentimental Gentleman of Swing”, was a master at creating warm, sentimental, and always musical moods – at superb dancing and listening tempos. Tommy sustained these moods through the arrangements of the likes of Paul Weston, Axel Stordahl and Sy Oliver, and he
showcased singers who could project them brilliantly.

Delbert McClinton – March 16 at 8 p.m.
In conjunction with 26th Annual River City Blues Festival, Peoples Bank Theatre and the Mid-Ohio Valley Blues, Jazz, & Folk Music Society present multi-Grammy award winner Delbert McClinton. McClinton is a legend among Texas roots music aficionados, not only for his amazing longevity, but for his ability to combine country, blues, soul, and rock ‘n’ roll as if there were no distinctions between any of them in the best time-honored Texas tradition. A formidable harmonica player long before he recorded as a singer, McClinton’s career began in the late 1950s, yet it took him nearly two decades to evolve into a bona fide solo artist. A critics’ darling and favorite of his peers, McClinton never became a household name, but his resurgence in the 1990s helped him earn more widespread respect from both the public at large and the Grammy committee.

Opening for this special concert will be Sadie Johnson, a young rising star of the blues music scene and current Marietta College student. Johnson picked up the guitar at age six and was already distinguishing herself as a jazz and blues musician as a teenager. Johnson has already acquired numerous individual and ensemble jazz fest awards, but beyond her jazz accomplishments, she has played with blues artists Samantha Fish, Kate Moss, Jimmy Carpenter, and Blues Traveler.

Runa – March 17 at 8 p.m.
Quickly gaining recognition as one of Irish music’s new supergroups, Runa has been enchanting audiences by pushing the boundaries of Irish folk music, since their formation in 2008. Interweaving the haunting melodies and exuberant tunes of Ireland and Scotland with the lush harmonies and intoxicating rhythms of bluegrass, flamenco, blues, jazz, they offer a thrilling and redefining take on traditional music. The group has been honoured internationally, winning Top Group and Top Traditional Group in the Irish Music Awards and an Independent Music Award for Best World/Traditional Song.

Members of Runa have played with Solas, Riverdance, Slide, Clannad, Fiddlers’ Bid, Moya Brennan, Eileen Ivers, Hazel O’Conner, Keith & Kristyn Getty, Barcó, Téada, Jonathan Edwards, and the Guy Mendilow Band.

Mountain Stage with Larry Groce – April 9 at 7 p.m.
Peoples Bank Theatre will host the first live recording of Mountain Stage to take place in Marietta on April 9. For more than 30 years
Mountain Stage with Larry Groce has been the home of live music on public radio. The two-hour radio show is produced in West Virginia and distributed by National Public Radio weekly on more than 150 stations across America and around the world via NPR Music and The show, which is recorded before a live audience, features performances by seasoned legends and emerging stars in genres ranging from folk, blues and country to indie rock, synth pop, world and alternative music, and beyond.

The musical guests for the April 9 show will be announced in early 2017.

Bookends: Simon & Garfunkel Through the Years – April 21 at 8 p.m.
With moving and powerful live performances and multimedia, Bookends takes a chronological journey through the music and behind the scenes of the renowned folk-rock duo of Simon & Garfunkel. The show features interviews with Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, original movie footage and mind-blowing live performances of hits like “Mrs Robinson,” “The Boxer,” “Homeward Bound” and the incredible “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”

Dan Haynes and Pete Richards make up Bookends, who perform the songs in a truly captivating way, their delicate recreation of the unmistakable sound of the American folk-rock duo has been described by many as spellbinding.

Backed by a live string quartet, the show also features narration written by Victoria Kingston, the author of Simon and Garfunkel – The Definitive Biography. 

The show has been described by the BBC as “not your average tribute show,” they don’t dress up or try to act like Simon and Garfunkel but instead pay tribute to the iconic sound that the duo are famous for by recreating the perfect harmonies, timing and diction that mesmerized a generation.

Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo – Live! – May 19 at 7 p.m.
Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo guides familieson a breathtaking tour that begins in pre-historic Australia. The audience will observe, meet and interact with an eye-popping collection of amazingly life-like dinosaurs and other creatures presented in a theatrical performance that will thrill and entertain kids while stimulating their imaginations. Brought to life by a team of skilled performers and puppeteers, and designed with the help of professional paleontologists, the puppets of Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo are extraordinarily realistic.

Full event details and ticket information for these events and more are available online at or by calling the box office at 740-371-5152. Walk-up hours at the box office are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.