Since its restoration as a live theater in the 1990s, the historic Newberry Opera House has become a cultural icon in South Carolina, hosting everything from Broadway productions to rock bands. The 462-capacity theater is an intimate space with great acoustics, perfectly suited for the wide range of offerings it provides each year. The 2016-17 season promises to be another filled with a variety of shows including many familiar artists who come back to play the Opera House year after year.

If there's one show that stands out immediately on the schedule it has to be the Concerto for Violin and Rock Band with String Orchestra by R.E.M. guitarist Mike Mills with violinist Robert McDuffie, slated for one show on Oct. 25. One of only three planned live performances of the piece, it comes only a couple weeks after a recorded version sees official release on Oct. 14.

Bluegrass fans will want to note The Quebe Sisters’ appearance on Sept. 15. The sibling fiddle act covers a lot of ground — from swing to bluegrass and more. The traditional bluegrass brother act The Gibson Brothers play on Dec. 8, Also of note on the bluegrass front are Balsam Range on Jan. 27, Dailey & Vincent on Feb. 19 and Sierra Hull on April 21.

Roots music fans of all kinds shouldn't miss the Paul Thorn Band on Nov. 6. Thorn plays a bluesy, feel-good style of roots-rock that falls somewhere between Eric Clapton and Delbert McClinton. Speaking of McClinton, he returns to the Opera House on Mar. 4. Others in a similar vein include Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives on Sept. 10, Leon Russell on Sept. 22; electric blues guitarist Tinsley Ellis on Oct. 21, Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience on Nov. 11, The Blind Boys of Alabama on Dec. 10, and incredible acoustic guitarist Tommy Emmanuel for a two-night stand February 21 and 22.

Those looking for something more familiar or nostalgic in their music have plenty to choose from as well, including ’70s soft rock band Ambrosia (Sept. 29) and South Carolina native and “Stay” singer Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs (Sept. 30). Chubby Checker will be doing “The Twist” on Oct. 23, while The Lettermen (Jan. 20), The Tams (Jan. 29), The Stylistics (Feb. 2), and The Clovers (Mar. 25) also appear in the second half of the season. If you just want to hear the hits but don't care if it’s the original act playing them, tribute shows to The Eagles (Mar. 30); Peter, Paul and Mary (Jan. 8), Elvis (April 29), Dolly Parton (Oct. 15), and even a Metallica tribute band (Ride the Lightning, Jan. 18) are on tap.

Country nostalgia is abundant as well, with singer Gene Watson (Sept. 9), Larry Gatlin of the Gatlin Brothers and a subsequent gospel music career (Sept. 18), ’80s country hitmaker Shenandoah (Nov. 18), and the unmistakeable voice of John “Rose Colored Glasses” Conlee (May 12).

As per usual, there are also a number of classical music and dance performances. A capella group The Nylons appear (Sept. 23), as do classical singers The Sicilian Tenors (Sept. 24), The Atlanta Pops Orchestra (Jan. 7), the Russian National Ballet (Mar. 8), Russian Seasons Dance Company (Mar. 14), and Ailey II, a Modern Dance Company (Mar. 18). In a twist on the “three tenors” model of pairing similar artists in a trio, Black Violin (Mar. 24) includes three talented African-American violinists.

Add to these offerings a lineup of plays and musicals including **Pump Boys and Dinettes** (Mar. 7), a pair of Agatha Christie plays, and a Newberry College production of **The Miracle Worker** , and you have another well-rounded schedule for one of the premiere live music and theater venues in South Carolina.

Newberry Opera House 2016-17 Schedule

Aug. 26 — Keith Dominick: Tribute to Merle Haggard

Sept. 2 — The Legendary 5th Dimension

Sept. 9 — Gene Watson

Sept. 10 — Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives

Sept. 11 — John Wagner & Friends

Sept. 15 — The Quebe Sisters

Sept. 18 — Larry Gatlin and the Florida Boys

Sept. 22 — Leon Russell

Sept. 23 — The Nylons

Sept. 24 — The Sicilian Tenors

Sept. 25 — Capitol Steps

Sept. 29 — Ambrosia

Sept. 30 — Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs

Oct. 2 — Tim and Miles Thompson

Oct. 13 — Adam Crabb and Special Guests

Oct. 14 — The Ugly Duckling and The Tortoise & The Hare

Oct. 15 — A Night of Legends: A Tribute to Dolly, Conway, and Elvis

Oct. 19 — Shanghai Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China

Oct. 21 — Tinsley Ellis

Oct. 23 — Chubby Checker

Oct. 25 — Concerto for Violin and Rock Band

Oct. 26 — Warehouse Theatre: Twelfth Night

Oct. 27 — Newberry College author Ed Madden

Oct. 28 — Second City (comedy)

Nov. 4 — Brown Bear, Brown Bear & Other Treasured Stories

Nov. 6 — Paul Thorne

Nov. 9 — Fame: The Musical

Nov. 10 — KamaKaze FireFlies

Nov. 11 — Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience

Nov. 13 — Langley Winds — US Air Force

Nov. 13 — Newberry Opera House Guild Oyster Roast

Nov. 16 — Letters Home

Nov. 17 — Church Basement Ladies: Away in the Basement

Nov. 18 — Shenandoah

Nov. 20 — Thom Bresh

Dec. 1 — Christmas with Emile Pandolfi

Dec. 2 — Nutcracker (ballet)

Dec. 4 — Christmas with the Celts

Dec. 5 — Mid Carolina Christmas Concert

Dec. 8 — Gibson Brothers

Dec. 9 — George Winston, Holiday Show

Dec. 10 — The Blind Boys of Alabama

Dec. 11 — Jingle All the Way — Dance Station

Dec. 13 — An Evening with Scott Bruce: Blue Suede Christmas

Dec. 14 — The Embers

Dec. 15 — The Willis Clan

Dec. 17 — Crystal Gayle Christmas Show

Dec. 18 — A Carolina Christmas — Doug & Bunny Williams

Dec. 31 — A New Year’s Evening at the Newberry Opera House

Jan. 7 — Atlanta Pops Orchestra

Jan. 8 — Music of Peter, Paul, and Mary and Simon & Garfunkel

Jan. 13 — Artegous

Jan. 14 — Caesar Entertainment with His All Star Band

Jan. 15 — Jimmy Fortune

Jan. 20 — The Lettermen

Jan. 27 — Balsam Range

Jan. 28 — Ride the Lightning — Metallica Tribute

Jan. 29 — The Tams

Feb.. 1 — Janet’s Planet

Feb.. 2 — The Stylistics

Feb.. 3-4— Newbery Ballet Guild — Jewel of the Stars

Feb.. 5 — Richard Smith — Guitar Workshop

Feb.. 9 — BeeHive: The 60s Musical

Feb.. 16 — The Isaacs

Feb.. 19 — Dailey & Vincen


Feb.. 22 — Tommy Emmanuel

Feb.. 23 — Puccini’s Turandot

Feb.. 24 — The Summit: Manhattan Transfer meets Take 6

Feb.. 25 — James Gregory (comedy)

Mar. 2 — An Evening of Irish Music with Ciaran Nagle

Mar. 3 — Yacht Rock Revue

Mar. 4 — NOH Guild. A Fair to Remember

Mar. 4 — Delbert McClinton

Mar. 5 — Teresa Walters

Mar. 7 — Pump Boys and Dinettes

Mar. 8 — Russian National Ballet presents Cinderella

Mar. 12 — Aquila Theatre presents Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Nilea

Mar. 14 — Russian Season Dance Company presents Celebration of World Dance

Mar. 18 — Ailey II, a Modern Dance Company

Mar. 19 — Mallory Lewis and Lamb Chop

Mar. 21 — Fabulous Equinox Big Band

Mar. 22 — Face2Face: A Tribute to Sir Elton John and Billy Joel

Mar. 24 — Black Violin

Mar. 25 — The Clovers

Mar. 26 — Three on A String

Mar. 28 — Newberry College presents The Miracle Worker

Mar. 30 — Hotel California: Salute to The Eagles

April 2 — Kristi Hood and Jerry Simms

April 6 — Living Voices: Journey from the Dust

April 9 — Soloman Eichner

April 21 — Sierra Hull

April 26 — 3 Redneck Tenors

April 28 — Classic Nashville, Country Revue

April 29 — Rich Alviti: That’s the Way it Was, a Tribute to Elvis

May 5-6 — SC Music Clubs

May 6 — The Diamonds

May 7 — Doug and Bunny Williams

May 12 — John Conlee

May 14 — Dance Station Spring Performance

May 20 — DC Danceworks Performance

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