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MCCRARY SISTERS WITH THE FAIRFIELD FOUR AND KEB’ MO’ TO PLAY FRANKLIN THEATRE

FRANKLIN, Tenn. — The McCrary Sisters will perform at the historic Franklin Theatre on Saturday, August 2 with legendary gospel quartet The Fairfield Four and GRAMMY award-winning blues musician Keb’ Mo’.

mcrary_560x315The McCrary Sisters, the daughters of the late Rev. Samuel McCrary — one of the original members The Fairfield Four, have performed with country music greats like Johnny Cash and Wynona Judd. The sisters’ list of recording sessions, and long association with Bobby Jones TV show spans genres and generations. They have recently added their unique blend of vocals to recording projects for blues greats Robert Randolph and Jonny Lang and with country artists Eric Church for CMT 2012 Artist of the Year Awards Show. Other performances have included the 2011 and 2012 Americana Music Festival shows as well as sessions for the hit TV show Nashville.

Tickets for The McCrary Sisters with The Fairfield Four and special guest Keb’ Mo’ are on public sale now and start as low as $28.00 for classic seating.  They can be purchased at the Franklin Theatre box office (419 Main Street, Franklin, TN), online at www.franklintheatre.com or by calling 615-538-2076.

About the Franklin Theatre:

Built in 1937, the Franklin Theatre re-opened to the public on June 3 following a multi-year, multi-million-dollar restoration.  The Main Street landmark is owned and operated by the nonprofit Heritage Foundation.

For additional information contact:

Chelsey Reardon

chelsey@franklintheatre.com

615-538-2079

Franklin Theatre Named Williamson County’s First LEED-Certified Historic Restoration Project

FRANKLIN, TENN. – The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded the Franklin Theatre in Franklin, Tenn. a silver-level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification for New Buildings and Major Renovations based on the building’s environmentally sustainable renovation design.  The doors of Franklin Theatre closed in 2007, only to reopen in 2011 as the community’s first LEED-certified historic restoration project in the county after an $8 million renovation led by the Heritage Foundation.

Heritage Foundation President Cyril Stewart, Heritage Foundation Executive Director Mary Pearce, Franklin Theatre Sustaining Partner and Heritage Foundation volunteer Emily Magid and Franklin Theatre Director Dan Hays.

From L – R: Heritage Foundation President Cyril Stewart, Heritage Foundation Executive Director Mary Pearce, Franklin Theatre Sustaining Partner and Heritage Foundation volunteer Emily Magid and Franklin Theatre Director Dan Hays.

Hastings Architecture | greenSTUDIO worked with the Heritage Foundation to participate in the LEED certification program while restoring the Franklin Theatre.  Throughout the renovation process, 85% of construction waste was recycled.  Along with significant energy cost reduction and water use reduction, the building now features low-emitting paints, adhesives and sealants, and composite wood materials.

“The greenest building is the one that is already built. Adaptive reuse of buildings and preservation are often the best kinds of green development.”  Explained Andrew Orr, Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Franklin.  “Historic preservation not only contributes to Franklin’s sense of identity and vibrancy, but it also lessens the environmental impact.”

LEED is an internationally recognized certification system that is aimed at improving building performance in the areas that matter most – energy savings, water efficiency,

and reduced CO2 emissions.  Since The U.S. Green Building Council developed the LEED program in 1998, it has been continually improving to better represent and incorporate developing green building technologies.

“Historic preservation is the ultimate recycling project,” says Mary Pearce, Executive Director of the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County.  “This renovation is part of a larger effort to make our community a more environmentally friendly place.  We are beyond proud that the Franklin Theatre is our first LEED-certified historical project.”  The official LEED certification plaque is currently displayed outside the entrance of the theatre at 419 Main Street.

About the Franklin Theatre:

Built in 1937, the Franklin Theatre re-opened to the public on June 3, 2011 following a multi-year, multi-million-dollar restoration.  The Main Street landmark is owned and operated by the nonprofit Heritage Foundation.

For additional information contact:

Chelsey Reardon

chelsey@franklintheatre.com

615-538-2079

 

The Pop Ups Reschedule Both Performances at Franklin Theatre for Saturday, August 10th

All original tickets will be honored or refunded through Monday, July 8th.

Greetings,

We were just notified that The Pop Ups will have to cancel both their 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. performances tomorrow morning (Saturday, June 29th) at the Franklin Theatre due to travel complications. The concerts have been rescheduled for Saturday, August 10 at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. All original tickets will be honored or refunded through Monday, July 8th. We regret any inconvenience this may create for ticket holders.

IF YOU HAVE TICKETS:

Your original ticket(s) will be honored for the August 10th date. If you wish to attend on August 10th no further action is needed; your tickets are automatically transferable.

If you are not able to join us for the rescheduled concerts, we will be more than happy to refund your ticket purchase in full through Monday, July 8th. (This date is set to allow time to re-sell tickets to other patrons.) To receive a refund, please e-mail Layne@franklintheatre.com or call the Franklin Theatre Box Office at (615) 538-2076.

After July 7th, we will assume you plan to attend the August 10th performance and ticket purchases will no longer be refundable. Please feel free to let us know if you have any other questions or related needs we can assist with.

We appreciate your patience and understanding.

Sincerely,

The Staff of the Franklin Theatre

Studio Tenn Announces New Hank Williams Season Opener

hank25 June 2013 – Franklin, Tenn – Studio Tenn Theatre Company is replacing the first show of their upcoming season with a world premiere Hank Williams musical revue. Currently in the making, “The Hank Legacy: The Songs of Hank Williams” will run August 29 through September 15 at the Franklin Theatre. Season tickets are currently on sale at StudioTenn.com. Individual tickets will go on sale Thursday, July 4 at 10:00 a.m. All tickets previously purchased for “Hank Williams: Lost Highway” will be honored for this production.

For company principles Jake Speck and Matt Logan, the chance to produce an original tribute to the late great Hank Williams could not be passed up. Nashville natives themselves, Logan and Speck are “very interested in music and stories from this part of the country,” said Speck. “Our hometown played a significant role in Hank’s life and career; we’re extremely gratified by the opportunity to tip our hats to him our own way.”

While Speck and Logan have each been involved with the development of many new plays and musicals over their careers, this will be the first original production for Studio Tenn.

“It’s a great privilege to be able to create a new show with Studio Tenn’s own local and regional audience in mind,” said Logan, who, together with Speck, is creating the piece. Pair that with the unparalleled acoustics and “world class, up close” intimacy of the historic Franklin Theatre—nestled mere miles from Williams’ former residence in Leipers Fork—and you have “a recipe for an unforgettable entertainment experience that cannot, by definition, happen anywhere else.”

Unlike “Lost Highway,” “The Hank Legacy” is not biographical. The production will follow a “musical revue” format—much like last season’s highly lauded “Smokey Joe’s Cafe”—drawing on the vocal and instrumental talents of a troupe of eight actors. With no one player cast as Hank, the songs themselves will be the stars of this show.

“We think this approach showcases the extent to which Hank’s iconic music has truly permeated our culture,” Logan said. “His work still resonates—not just in the country music world, but throughout many genres of American popular music. To demonstrate his music’s versatility is to make a case for its enduring relevance.”

Speck and Logan hope that “The Hank Legacy: The Songs of Hank Williams” will be the first of multiple Studio Tenn originals.

“Our mission is to keep professional theatre alive and thriving in Middle Tennessee,” said Speck. “One means to that end is to stage well loved classic pieces with fresh, contemporary interpretations; another is to embrace opportunities to periodically contribute something new to the repertoire.”

“The Hank Legacy: The Songs of Hank Williams” opens August 29 at the Franklin Theatre, located at 419 Main Street in historic downtown Franklin. To purchase tickets or find out more about Studio Tenn and its productions, visit StudioTenn.com. To get involved as a sponsor or donor, email info@studiotenn.com.

Kindie Rock Duo, The Pop Ups, To Play The Historical Franklin Theatre

Franklin, Tenn. — Brooklyn-based musical duo, The Pop Ups, will play the historic Franklin Theatre in Franklin, Tenn. on Saturday, June 29. The Pop Ups, members Jason Rabinowitz and Jacob Stein, received a GRAMMY nomination and a 2012 Parent’s Choice Award for their second album, Radio Jungle. This wildly imaginative album debuted in April and has since received praise from the Fids and Kamily Awards, held the #1 Single on SiriusXM’s “Kids Place Live” radio show, and others alike. The first of two shows will be at 9:30 a.m., followed by an 11:00 a.m. performance. Admission is $10 and free for children under the age of 2.Pop Ups

The Pop Up’s first release Outside Voices debuted in 2010 and laid the groundwork for Radio Jungle, which is an even more polished and approachable collection that displays the duos’ youthful spirit. Songs such as “Elephant” and “Math Rock” display the teachability of their music as well as the artistic potential of “Box of Crayons.” Time Out New York named them one of 2012’s Best 15 Bands for kids.

Just one of many upcoming plans for the kindie rock group, The Pop Ups will be joining Yo Gabba Gabba Live for their second tour together. Following Jason Rabinowitz’s six-month run in the Tony award winning Broadway production of One Man Two Guvnors, The Pop Ups will be doing a spring and summer concert tour as well as debuting their new puppet musical titled RADIO JUNGLE, a comedic, ecological scavenger hunt, which features songs from the GRAMMY nominated album.

Tickets for The Pop Ups are on public sale now. They can be purchased at the Franklin Theatre box office (419 Main Street, Franklin, TN), online at www.franklintheatre.com or by calling 615-538-2076.

About the Franklin Theatre:

Built in 1937, the Franklin Theatre re-opened to the public on June 3 following a multi-year, multi-million-dollar restoration.  The Main Street landmark is owned and operated by the nonprofit Heritage Foundation.

 

For additional information contact:

Chelsey Reardon

chelsey@franklintheatre.com

615-538-2079

 

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