Central Kentucky's major performing-arts centers have been announcing 2015 and '16 seasons of marquee headliners, and some smaller venues also have unveiled lineups that aim to live up to the adjective in both their names.
The Grand Theatre Frankfort and the Lancaster Grand Theatre each boast schedules of familiar names old and new, some of which attract attention from well beyond the towns' limits.
"People are flying into Kentucky for this show from California, Colorado, Toronto, Illinois, New York City and Georgia, and this is about their 50th show," Lancaster Grand director Debra Hoskins says of the Nov. 21 performance by 15-year-old classical crossover sensation Jackie Evancho.
Lancaster's season includes Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, the J.D. Crowe and the New South reunion tour, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and the Midtown Men, featuring members of the original Broadway cast of Jersey Boys.
In Frankfort, the Grand is hosting some names that have played larger venues in Central Kentucky before and are now adding the state capitol to their itineraries, as well as some new acts to the region.
The Wailers bring the reggae heritage of Bob Marley to town early in the season, Sept. 15, followed by blues artist Shemekia Copeland, country star Lee Ann Womack, and rock and pop great Delbert McClinton.
Before all that, the Grand hosts a late booking of The Bacon Brothers — film star Kevin Bacon and his brother Michael Bacon — July 13. Read more about that show, which is not part of the Grand's 2015-16 season, next week.