WABASH — Eagles Theatre is excited to announce Wabash’s own Crystal Gayle as the headlining act for the opening night, kicking off a variety of performances for the month of March.
Born in Paintsville, Ky. and raised in Wabash, Gayle grew up singing in school choirs, for civic organizations, and with her brothers’ country bands. Her first record was released when she graduated from Wabash High School. A few years and several country hits later, she became an international star with her GRAMMY-winning recording for “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue.”
She has been honored with a star on the fabled Hollywood Walk of Fame and was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry by sister Loretta Lynn. The Academy of Country Music recognized Crystal with the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award for her lifetime achievements in country music.
Gayle’s recent album release titled “You Don’t Know Me” revisits country music standards that held special significance to her during her youth and early career, said a news release from Eagles Theatre.
“This wasn’t a stretch at all,” said Gayle. “These are songs I grew up singing and they are very much a part of my history.”
“I always love coming back home to Wabash to see family and friends. I’m so excited to be a part of the re-opening of the Eagles Theatre,” said Gayle. “Movies at the Eagles are wonderful memories from my childhood.”
The newly-renovated Eagles Theatre will host a series of events in celebration of re-opening after a two-year renovation project. These special preview performances and movies will offer guests the opportunity to explore the fully-renovated lobby and upgraded Eagles Theatre, which features additional new seating, lighting, and sound. A First Fridays tour event will open up the transformed lower level and upper floors as well.
Eagles Theatre preview events are set to launch on Saturday, Feb. 29 at 7:30 p.m. with Crystal Gayle. Crystal is known for hit singles including “Talking in Your Sleep,” “I’ll Get Over You,” and the crossover hit, “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue.” Ticket prices include $30. More information at EaglesTheatre.com/crystal-gayle.
Additional Eagles Theatre live entertainment in March 2020 includes:
- “Loud-Krazy-Love”: Thursday, Mar. 5 at 7:30 p.m. – The remarkable true story of KoRn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch and his experience of raising his daughter Jennea while overcoming substance addiction through faith and the support of his church. Welch and Jennea will be in attendance and will join the audience for a Q & A session following the film. This film is rated for mature audiences. Ticket prices include $25 and a VIP experience including a photo opportunity with Brian and a signed copy of his book “Loud-Krazy-Love.” More information atEaglesTheatre.com/loud-krazy-love.
- Free Public Tours: Friday, Mar. 6 from 5 – 7 p.m. – The entire five-story Eagles building will be open to the public for touring during Downtown Wabash’s First Friday event. Guests are invited to explore the newly-renovated facility including the Parkview Ballroom, the Eagles Theatre Private Balcony Suites, the newly-added Ferguson Theatre and more. More information at EaglesTheatre.com/tours.
- Addison Agen: Saturday, Mar. 7 at 7:30 p.m. – Americana singer/songwriter Addison Agen hails from Fort Wayne, Ind. and placed at first runner up on Season 13 of NBC’s “The Voice.” Agen’s honest storytelling and simplicity earned her an opening slot with Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band as well as Kevin Bacon’s The Bacon Brothers in 2019. Agen will perform songs from “The Voice”, new original music and a few other favorites. Ticket prices include $25. More information at EaglesTheatre.com/addison-agen.
- The Legends of Country Music: Thursday, Mar. 12 at 7:30 p.m. – Ritchie McDonald of Lonestar and Larry Stewart of Restless Heart will showcase the stories and tales from a behind-the-scenes view of some of their greatest hits in this full-band country set. Ticket prices include $25. More information at EaglesTheatre.com/legends.
- “Top of the Charts”: Friday, Mar. 20 at 7:30 p.m. – This performance will feature Wabash’s very own Terry LeMaster and Friends. Talented local musicians and vocalists will perform a variety of music from several genres. Ticket prices include $15. More information at EaglesTheatre.com/top-of-the-charts.
- A Tribute to John Denver: Thursday, Mar. 26 at 7:30 p.m. – Singer/songwriter and musician Ted Vigil will perform as John Denver. In addition to an uncanny resemblance to the late country star, Vigil sounds remarkably similar to Denver during his live concert performances featuring Denver’s greatest hits including “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” “Leaving on a Jet Plane,” “Annie’s Song” and “Rocky Mountain High.” Ticket prices include $15. More information at EaglesTheatre.com/john-denver-tribute.
Tickets for these performances will go on sale to the public on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 10 a.m. Tickets will be available for purchase viaEaglesTheatre.com or by calling the Honeywell Foundation box office at 260.563.1102.
Following the special March preview events, Eagles Theatre will begin operating on a regular schedule offering first-run movies shown on the weekends and live entertainment throughout the week.