MSU Riley Center Reveals New Season

The MSU Riley Center announced its lineup of show for the 2009-2010 season. It brings a variety of entertainment to the historic theatre.

The premiere Sept. 3 features Mississippi’s own B.B. King, nationally recognized as the “King of the Blues” and as a musician whose talents are renowned across nations and over decades.

“It is a great honor to have B.B. King perform here,” said executive director Dennis Sankovich. “We take great pride in having a living legend open our fourth season and look forward to significant attention for what is sure to be an incredibly memorable performance in our historic, fully restored Grand Opera House in his home state of Mississippi.”

Other artists include The Spinners, The Oak Ridge Boys, and Los Lobos, and
a live performance of Harper Lee’s "To Kill a Mockingbird,".

The Riley Center is offering first-time season ticket buyers $100 off their first season ticket order. This is a one-time special promotion. It continues to offer a “Pick 5” package, allowing patrons to select five or more shows receiving a slightly-lowered price and securing seating ahead of individual ticket buyers when they purchase at one time. “Pick 5” packages go on sale July 27.

Tickets for individual shows go on sale Aug. 3 and will be available for purchase in the MSU Riley Center box office or online. A link is provided below.

The box office at 2200 5th Street is open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The phone number is

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  • by Hal on Jul 10, 2009 at 10:33 AM
    I don't know what Mr. B.B. King's fee is, but I imagine he doesn't come cheap. The ticket prices are tied to the cost of getting the show. If tickets cost around $80 to see Mr. King and $25 for The Four Freshmen, connect the dots....B.B. King charges more. That's O.K. The man is worth it. Casinos often have "cheap" ticket prices because the show keeps the gamblers coming and the casinos can afford to pay the artist with other revenue. That's not wrong of the casinos and the Riley Center is not wrong on its prices. It has to cover the cost of doing business. Riley Center DOES offer something for many tastes and pocketbooks. We should be happy to have as diverse an offering as B.B. King, The Oak Ridge Boys, Los Lobos and jazz singer Sophie Milman all coming to our town.
  • by RC Supporter Location: Meridian on Jul 10, 2009 at 09:55 AM
    Common Sense, I am going to stay right here in Meridian and support what is here. Mabye you should too. There is something on the RC schedule for everyone at all price ranges. Top acts and unknowns. Open your eyes and see the light. If I recall there was a $5.00 patrotic concert at the end of June that was FANTASTIC! Yeah, I guess I sound elitest by purchasing a ticket for $5.00. What about the exposure the RC gives to school children. I drove by the RC one day during lunch and there were buses all around the bulding. It is truly an amazing site. There has been plenty of quality entertainment at the RC over the last four seasons for EVERYONE at all different price ranges. Use some common sense and do some research before you bash the Riley Center.
  • by Common Sense Location: Meridian on Jul 10, 2009 at 06:48 AM
    As long as we sell enough season tickets to Corporate types complacency will live on. There are some great acts playing in Philadelphia, but we don't want to "stoop to that level." Let's continue to project this elitest mentality in a town where the average household income is $25K. Let's bring in some quality talent so that this eye candy can live up to it's billing. Before you rip on Casino talent -a quick search will reveal that Al Green, Bill Engvall, and Willie Nelson are all making stops in Philadelphia and they don't cost that much. Maybe the Temple Theatre will find some operating capital to help with this matter. All hat no cattle.
  • by City Gal on Jul 9, 2009 at 04:29 PM
    Just go ahead and carry your ____ to the Beau...spend the gas money, hotel money and pump those slots full of money! I am going to see him right here...and support my home town.
  • by ArtsPatron Location: Meridian on Jul 9, 2009 at 03:22 PM
    Common Sense, you may be right about that, but even if you don't get a room for the night, it's going to cost (at the very least) a tank of gas to drive there and back, 5-6 hours of drive-time, plus food. I think I'll just stay right here and enjoy one of Mississippi's finest oerform on the Grand Opera House Stage. Every year, the season lineup has been great. This year is no exception. Way to go RC staff!!!
  • by More Common Sense Location: Meridian on Jul 9, 2009 at 02:50 PM
    Yeah, instead of using a gallon of gas ($2.35) to drive to the Riley Center, finding a overnight Babysitter, staying at home in my own bed for free. I will drive to the coast fill up my tank for $60.00, spend $44.00 to see BB, get a room at the Beau for $259 for one night, gamble a little bit (lets just say $25.00 not really a gambler). I have saved a lot and I have not even eaten yet, lets just say $30.00 on food. Going to the coast sounds good to me, so worth saving half the ticket price. I got a deal by going to the coast! More I think about, I think I will use my common sense and stay in Meridian and see BB.
  • by Common Sense Location: Meridian on Jul 9, 2009 at 06:21 AM
    I love me some BB King, but you can see him for half the price the very next night - a Friday - at the Beau Rivage. They even have stuff to do afterwards. Ooops, let the cat out of the bag.
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