While John Berry was initially scheduled to perform, Matt Santini is excited to see Darryl Worley close out The Grand Theatre’s 2018-2019 Century Bank Entertainment Series April 13.
“Shortly after the first of the year, John announced that he was having some problems with his voice,” said Santini, administrator of The Grand Theatre and mayor of Cartersville. “[He] actually had his tonsils removed, and there was some cancerous tissue in there. We were notified by his booking agent that John would have to cancel the show while he was facing this … health scare.
“Unfortunately, we had to cancel the show. Fortunately, we found somebody that’s rather accomplished in Darryl Worley that was available to step in. … We try every year to have that last event to be a big name artist. … Last year, we had Restless Heart. And this year, we’ll have Darryl Worley. Darryl’s got several Top 20s, three No. 1 hits [‘I Miss My Friend,’ ‘Awful, Beautiful Life’ and ‘Have You Forgotten?’] and puts out a fantastic show that I’m sure everyone is going to love.”
Kicking off at 7 p.m., Worley’s concert is the fifth offering in the 2018-2019 Century Bank Entertainment Series. The other acts included Still Standing — A Tribute to Elton John, the Atlanta Pops Orchestra, The Travelin’ McCourys and Little Texas.
According to a news release from The Grand Theatre, “There are many things that Darryl Worley has come to know in his storied career in country music. He recognizes the importance of giving back every opportunity that he can through his annual charities that has funded organizations, such as the Darryl Worley Cancer Treatment Center in Savannah, Tennessee.
“… While he takes pride in making a difference in the lives of those around him, Worley also has spent much of his career giving back to the men and women overseas doing their job to keep his family and our country safe. Following the tragic events of 9/11, Worley penned the heartfelt ‘Have You Forgotten,’ which became the biggest hit of his career. The song remains one of the most anticipated highlights in his live shows, especially when visiting the U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, which has become a yearly tradition for Worley.”
Launched in the early 2000s, The Grand’s entertainment series was fine-tuned following a community survey more than 11 years ago. Along with Saturday being the preferred concert day, the results revealed area residents enjoy country and bluegrass music and tribute shows.
“It’s been a fun season,” Santini said. “It’s been an eventful one. Obviously it’s been well-received, and the folks at Century Bank are so phenomenal for their continued support in helping bring top name talent … to the theater.
“ … We’re packing the house every time, and this last show will be no exception. It’s a fun theater experience.”
Individual event tickets for Worley’s concert are $30 for orchestra level seats and $25 for balcony level seats, with season ticket holders receiving a 10 percent discount.
Further details about the show and tickets can be obtained by phone, 770-386-7343; online, www.thegrandtheatre.org and the Facebook page, “Century Bank Entertainment Series at The Grand Theatre;” or in person at the ticket office, 7 N. Wall St. in Cartersville, Monday through Friday from 8 to 11 a.m. and 12:30 to 5 p.m.