"We chose them as the band for this concert and this celebration because they are truly an all-American band and they fit our patronage very well," said theater director
The Grammy-award winning band, which will perform at
The band is touring to promote its most recent album, "Speed of Life," released in 2009 on Sugar Hill Records, the website said.
A silent auction will be held during the concert, featuring items donated by local businesses. Proceeds from the auction will help fund the restoration of the theater's marquee room on the second floor -- the only room not redone by the city, which owns the theater, during an 18-month renovation. The theater reopened in
"We began raising money for (the restoration) last year at the Kentucky HeadHunter/Exile concert. After the silent auction, we hope to have enough to begin that project and finish it in the near future," Moonsong said.
When the renovation is complete, the marquee room will feature a shower.
"Even though we rent hotel rooms and lodging for our artists, some of their technical writers require that we have an in-facility shower and that has kept us from getting some artists that we would have otherwise been able to book," she said. "So, we think it's a facility upgrade that will help us in a lot of ways."
Moonsong is hoping to get the work done through in-kind contributions and only pay for materials and supplies. The estimated cost for the project is about
"I do hope that by this time next year that everything will be complete," she said.
As for free movies, the theater started its celebration earlier this month by showing "Forrest Gump" and will continue with "The Little Rascals" on
"We wanted to do something specific for children," Moonsong said, explaining the decision to show "The Little Rascals."
"It's great to see new generations of kids coming out to the Plaza. They might not otherwise be here if we did the older movies."
The Plaza has a history of showing free movies.
"Jigger Aspley, the owner, every
The theater will show "The Cat's Paw" at
"The first movie that was ever played at the Plaza was on
That first movie was "The Cat's Paw."
"We are doing it for a quarter per ticket and
Shireman presented a similar type of show before the theater was remodeled.
"Jenny has had shows there before the city owned it; back when it was in pretty rough shape. She ran her show in the early 1990s and the city took it over and remodeled," said
When folks ask the Shiremans what makes their musical shows different from others, they tell them it's the theater,
Tickets are still available for
"There's not a bad seat in the house so we ask everyone to come out and join us," Moonsong said.
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