Riley Center Season

By: Nick Adam Email
By: Nick Adam Email

Art Garfunkel will perform August 24th at the MSU-Riley Center to open the Fall/Winter Series at the Center.

That announcement was made Thursday evening, along with the rest of the Fall/Winter lineup.

Other highlights include performances by Emmylou Harris, Kenny Loggins, The Four Tops, John Tesh, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Asleep at the Wheel.

Click the link below for a list of the entertainment, dates, and ticket information.

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  • by Citizen Location: Meridian on Jul 14, 2012 at 08:17 AM
    Are there any statistics letting us know a ballpark figure on how much money comes into Meridian during the most popular performances? Certainly, some are less popular, but some big names have come--Bonnie Raitt, Wynonna Judd, Cece Wynans, Lyle Lovett, Soweto Gospel Choir, John Amos, Hal Holbrook, Charlie Daniels, Ricky Scaggs, Blind Boys/Alabama, Garrison Keillor ... these may not be "new names" but they are certainly still popular enough to continue touring and hopefully drawing money into Meridian.
  • by Retired Location: Meridian on Jul 13, 2012 at 12:48 PM
    To Bad The price Of Tickets Are So High.They need to Be More In Line With What The Working Class Can Afford But I Think The prices Were set For The Upper Crust of Meridian...
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      by Not Surprised on Jul 13, 2012 at 02:00 PM in reply to Retired
      Well they don't want the proles associating with them.
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        by Anonymous on Jul 14, 2012 at 12:13 PM in reply to Not Surprised
        I am obviously out of touch with the vernacular. What exactly is a "prole" ?
  • by John Location: Meridian on Jul 13, 2012 at 11:51 AM
    I can't believe the comments I read on here. Come on, folks. Meridian (population <40k) is pretty fortunate to have these acts play here. It wouldn't surprise me if there are folks out there who wish they would "just tear the place down and make it a parking lot" because this town "will never amount to anything". This is right after they make yet another worn-out reference to the Threefoot bldg, Dollar General, City Hall, parking garage, police station, etc., etc. If Mayor Dial and the rest of the city had the same sour attitude during their time, Meridian would probably look like Dekalb right now. It also amazes me many of the forward-thinking and optimistic folks I've come across in this town (the ones working their tails off making things happen) weren't even born here.
  • by Patron Location: Meridian on Jul 13, 2012 at 11:18 AM
    As with anything, opinions vary. imho, the Fall/Winter Season is VERY good. We are already looking forward to several performances, and we are grateful that a city the size of Meridian can draw big names--many who've won numerous awards in the entertainment industry. Yes, I guess you can drive over to Philadelphia, but the facility is nowhere near the quality of the MSU-Riley Center. Obviously, some of you don't appreciate the line-up, but that won't keep the rest of us from having some great evenings out.
  • by Amazed on Jul 13, 2012 at 11:05 AM
    If no one supports what IS brought to Meridian, how can we do better? You go to any surrounding city and people support the arts. In Meridian it's like pulling teeth to get people to support anything.
  • by Sara on Jul 13, 2012 at 09:10 AM
    I know these acts would not be everyone's cup of tea. Nothing ever is. But older people, who actually have money of their own to spend, would appreciate the nostalgia of these artists. They, including myself, liked these people when all of us were younger and the acts were some of the most successful in their fields. These artists didn't win Grammy awards for nothing. The acts that are hugely popular currently have to have a much larger venue. I don't see John Mayer or Beyonce playing this theatre, simply because it's small in size. It just wouldn't work.
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      by Not Surprised on Jul 13, 2012 at 10:03 AM in reply to Sara
      Fine, don't complain when there isn't a big turn out for these events. It's the typical Meridian attitude of "we will give you what we want and you will like it or else". Is it any wonder that people flee this area at first opportunity!!!!
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      by Reality on Jul 14, 2012 at 04:38 AM in reply to Sara
      Sorry Sara, statistically, the old people don't spend the money. Given the number of rich old folks in Meridian, we would be the new Atlanta if what you said were true.
  • by Laura Location: Meridian on Jul 13, 2012 at 08:24 AM
    Has anybody else ever noticed that the Riley Center, or rather, the people who try to find the "talent" for the Riley Center, can only manage to get the "has beens" or the "wannabes"-----with very few exceptions? In fact, who would want to come to the Riley Center in backwards Meridian when they could receive a heck of a lot more money and exposure if they book at the Casino---what? 15-20 miles up the road? Same reason that no company wants to invest in the infrastructure of city of Meridian----because we have absolutely nothing to offer---
  • by just sayin..... Location: Meridian on Jul 13, 2012 at 06:53 AM
    Don't worry, the PSD Historic Neighborhood people will buy all the tickets with money they saved from not shopping at Dollar General. just sayin.....
  • by Anonymous on Jul 13, 2012 at 06:37 AM
    Appears to be a pretty good line-up to me. As for going to the Silver Star with their spectacular line-up. What a joke!!! Yeah and sit behind a huge post for $60 a ticket.
  • by Disappointed Location: Meridian on Jul 13, 2012 at 05:19 AM
    This is disappointing. No Bela, Bruce, Victor, etc. This is pretty mediocre. Keep this up and the Riley Center will go the way of the Jimmy Rogers Festival. A first priority should be Willie Nelson, while he's still with us. Why this didn't happen while Chris Ethridge was still alive is beyond me.
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      by Laura on Jul 13, 2012 at 08:25 AM in reply to Disappointed
      Agree with you totally, Disappointed----please see my comment that will appear shortly about the same topic---
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