“The goal of our entertainment series is to provide our community with a variety of entertainment,” said Terri Cox, program director for The Grand Theatre. “We try to find things that represent lots of different interests for different groups in the community.
“As far as the selection goes, our administrator Matt Santini is the magician when it comes to that. I’d say he has a magic way of bringing it all together. We do listen to the comments of our patrons and get a lot of our ideas from that and we look at the things we’ve done before and the things that people have really seemed to enjoy and try to bring those ... acts back,” she said, adding Atlanta Pops Orchestra is the sole returning offering this season.
The Entertainment Series will open with comedian Costaki Economopoulos, who will deliver a PG-13 rated show.
According to a news release from The Grand Theatre, “For almost 20 years Costaki has been living his dream as a full-time standup comic. He has written jokes for Bette Midler, Jay Leno, MTV and BET. You may have seen him on Showtime, or heard him on Sirius, but you probably know him best from his regular appearances on the nationally syndicated Bob & Tom Radio Show and in Atlanta on The Regular Guys.
“In the spring of 1993 Costaki was doing graduate work at the University of Georgia. He spent most of his time hammering out a thesis on the influence of political satire on our feelings about government. His off time was spent honing his stand-up skills in pizza joints and bars around town. When he had to turn down a couple of gigs to work on the paper, it made his stomach hurt. He hung in there, finished the thesis, got his master’s degree, and within a year was a fulltime comic on the road. He has been criss-crossing the country telling jokes ever since.”
Following Economopoulos’ reserved seating show, the series will continue with Atlanta Pops Orchestra on Dec. 14; The Gibson Brothers, International Bluegrass Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year in 2013, on Feb. 1; DSB, a Journey tribute band, on March 22; and country artist Steve Wariner on April 26.
Started in 2002, the series was fine-tuned following the results of a community survey more than seven years ago. Conducted by The Grand, the survey sought public input on a variety of items, from preferred types of music to performance dates and times. In addition to revealing area residents enjoy country and bluegrass music and tribute shows, the survey pinpointed Saturday as the concert day of choice.
Individual tickets for each event — $25 for orchestra level seats and $20 for balcony level seats — currently are available, with season tickets offering a 10-percent discount. This year, patrons also can purchase tickets online at www.thegrandtheatre.org.
For more information or to obtain tickets, view The Grand’s website or the Facebook pages “The Grand Theatre — Cartersville” and “Century Bank Entertainment Series at The Grand Theatre,” call 770-386-7343 or visit the venue’s ticket office at 7 N. Wall St. in Cartersville Monday through Friday from 8 to 11 a.m. and 12:30 to 5 p.m.