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The Grascals, a country and bluegrass group, will perform in October at Princess Theatre.
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The Grascals, a country and bluegrass group, will perform in October at Princess Theatre.

Princess Preview
Season lineup includes comedy, drama, circus and Grammy-winning and nominated music

By Patrice Stewart · 340-2446

You’ll love the variety, the sound, the action and the extras.

The Princess Theatre Center for the Performing Arts has started selling season tickets for its 2007-08 anniversary season and collecting compliments on the diverse lineup.

“It’s our 25th anniversary, and we’re getting great feedback about the season we have planned,” said Lindy Ashwander, executive director of the Princess.

“We’ve got Grammy-nominated and winning music, comedy, drama, and even a circus,” she said. “And you can see some incredible artists right here in Decatur without having to go to New York or to a festival or county fair somewhere.”

Delmore tribute

“We’re kicking our season off with what we call a two-buck night Sept. 17 at 6:30 p.m. that will be a tribute to the 1930s music of the Delmore Brothers,” Ashwander said.

Alton and Rabon Delmore were born in Elkmont and later made the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Their songs, such as “Browns Ferry Blues” and “Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar,” were flavored with Appalachian folk music, gospel, country, boogie and blues.

Area bands such as the Dan Williams Family Band, the Hovis Family Band, the Calatrello Family Band and other musicians will play during this tribute evening, while Randy Cross provides comments.

A busy season will follow, Ashwander said, including eight professional series shows and two special events with local talent.

Tickets, packages

Reserved season tickets are available at the Princess Theatre box office, and individual event tickets will be sold beginning Sept. 17. Prices range from $10 to $45 per ticket, with discounts available for a season package of at least four shows of your choice.

Season brochures are available at the Princess. Call the box office, 340-1778, or see new information in early September on the Web site at

Lectures, comedy

The Princess will co-sponsor a lecture series with Calhoun Community College again this year. Topics announced so far include The Elephant Sanctuary, Oct. 29; Bill Huie and Hollywood, Nov. 12; and Tennessee Williams, March 3.

Also, Comedy Café Live at the Princess, in collaboration with Rocket 95.1 FM, will bring touring comedians and other acts to Decatur throughout the year.

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