PRINCESS THEATRE - Raising the Curtain

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Sold Out 1964 - The Tribute Concert Was One Of The Best!

Not since Marshal Tucker, at the Grand Opening back on March 24, 2012, has a concert at the Princess Theatre been sold out, but it happened last night with the 1964 - The Tribute band!  What a show...what memories...what a great time!
The house was packed with Beatle lovers, music lovers, and just curious folks!  Could they live up to their memories of the Beatles?  Yes, and how!
I remember hearing my first Beatle song, "I Want To Hold Your Hand", while sitting at the red light that used to be at the Church of Christ on Roane Street, and I've love their music and talent ever since.  I didn't really expect this group could bring back that old feeling, but they did.  The guys are really, really talented, and they brought it all back!

Mark Benson (John Lennon), Tom Work (George Harrison), Mac Ruffing (Paul McCartney), and Bobby Potter (Ringo Starr) truly delivered!  The look, the accents, the hair cuts, the jokes, and, most importantly, the sound of the Beatles.

It's been said that you really didn't hear the Beatles at concerts back in the day; with all the screaming and the poor amps they had.  But 1964 delivers a song that you can hear and enjoy.  Honestly, this was the best sound set up with had at the Princess.  The voices were slightly under the music at times, but 99% of it was clear and crisp.


This was quite a catch for the Princess, The Tribute plays all the major cities across the country, and even hits Carnegie Hall once a year, so we are honored to have had them perform for us.  There's a possibly too, that we will get them again!

There wasn't any dancing down front, which I had expected, but there was some back behind the sound control center, and there were those that danced in place!  However, the iconic Ringo head shaking, done to perfection by Bobby Potter, created a lot of head-bobbing, including mine!

The Tribute did two 45-minutes sets and included all the favorites, and a great encore that had the house jumping!  And, of course, each song ended with the obligatory Beatles bow, and the last bow, sadly meant it was over.

1964 - The Tribute is made up of some really nice guys.  The took time to talk to you and were overly giving to fans back stage.  

Although they stick to the script and stay in character when in costume, you could tell they liked our venue.  So, that's encouraging when wondering if they will come back.  Let's hope so.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

The 3rd Annual Tennessee Pirate Fest is on the Horizon!

Avast, Ye Swabbies!  
Open Auditions Saturday 7/28 & 8/4
Vendors Welcome: Applications due 9/15

Planning for the third annual Tennessee Pirate Fest is underway.  This costumed family fun event will come to life for two weekends in mid-October at the Tennessee Medieval Faire site in Harriman--just 30 miles west of Turkey Creek.  All are invited to escape to the fictional pirate town of Port Royale in the Tortugas, circa 1700-1800’s.
Come out, dress up, and Get Yer Pirate On!  ARRR!” said Barrie Paulson, VP-Manager.
Back by popular demand will be the Patron Costume Contest, where prizes will be awarded based on audience applause.  Also returning will be the Pirate Gong Show, where patrons will be invited to share their talents to join a pirate crew.  There will also be a Pirate School where landlubbers will learn to walk and talk like a pirate.
Continuous professional pirate entertainment will include interactive comedy shows, live music, costumed British and pirate street characters, Kombat Kroquet, beach games, photo ops, pirate displays, and original crafts.  Delicious food and refreshing beverages, including beer, will be available. 

Open auditions for interactive street characters ages 18+ will be held on Saturdays, July 28 and August 4, from 2-5pm ET, at 125 Barrie Lane, Kingston, TN.  Auditions will include singing or playing an instrument, telling pirate jokes, displaying movement or stage combat ability, and participating in improvisational games. Costumes and theatrical experience are helpful but not required to audition.  Professional acts can audition online by emailing show details with photos or video link to

Festival organizers are seeking quality craft and food vendors.  Vendor applications and guidelines can be downloaded from the website under the vendor tab.  The application deadline is September 15.  There is no application fee, but all work is juried to ensure quality and fit.

The third annual Tennessee Pirate Fest will take place Saturdays and Sundays, October 13-14 and 20-21, from 11am-6pm ET--rain or shine.  Ticket prices will be $16 for ages 13 and up, $8 for ages 5 to 12; and entry will be free for ages 4 and under.  Field parking will be free, and tickets will be available for purchase at the gate with cash or credit.  A small convenience fee will be added for the use of credit.  

Discounted motel rooms will be available for Pirate Fest fans at Baymont by Wyndham in Harriman by calling 865-590-9097.  

The festival will be held at 550 Fiske Road, Harriman, TN.  

For more information, please visit and sign up for updates.  Like and follow them on Facebook at
Get Yer Pirate On!

Friday, June 8, 2018

One Act Play - Saturday - June 9th - Princess Theatre

One Act Play
Please join us as the students from local schools perform a one act play. As members of the week-long Theatre Camp, young people will showcase their talents and skills learned.
Matinee Performances
2 PM and 4 PM
General Admission/Free to the Public

The camp instructor was Courtney Minton*, and the actors are local students that are interested in the arts!

Here are photos from this week's rehearsals...

Concessions will be sold (cash/check only). Bottled water, popcorn, various types of soda, chips, candy. All items $2 each. Coffee is free.

*Courtney has another "drama camp" coming up soon.  CLICK HERE for more information!

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Delbert McClinton Concert Was A Hit!

The floor of the Princess Theatre, and nearly half of the balcony, was full Friday night (May 11th) to enjoy a great lineup of entertainment.  The concert opened with Michael "Crawdaddy" Crawley and Stevie Jones (a.k.a. Crawdaddy Jones), who were soon joined by legendary Larry Raspberry!  The trio were fantastic together, and Crawdaddy even suggested they form a group called "Raspdaddy"!

Crawdaddy fully opened his "harp box" Friday night, and combined with his raspy-blues voice rocked the Princess audience.  His sidekick, Stevie, more than kept pace on his acoustic guitar!

Larry Raspberry lived up to his "dynamo" bio, and skillfully played his guitar and piano; featuring all his "greatest hits"!  The threesome rocked the stage and thrilled the audience; who interacted at Larry's direction.  

Then the long anticipated headliner appeared!  Delbert McClinton took the stage and filled the Princess with all his past and current hit songs. One of the most anticipated new songs was "Prick of the Litter" and Delbert did not disappoint. 

Delbert has a great following and a lot of the Princess audience were from out of town.  I overheard some say they went wherever Delbert was playing, and several even came to enjoy a "backstage pass" to have a photo taken with their favorite entertainer.  It's been said Delbert is an "American Treasure", and it certainly seemed that way to me.

Oh yes, I'll have to say that Delbert's band is awesome. They garnered my attention almost as much as Delbert's voice.  First the first beat of Jack Bruno on drums, and the first notes of Quentin 'Q" Ware (trumpet) and Dana Robbins (saxophone), I knew that it was going to be a great concert!  Then to push it over the top was the guitar of James Pennebaker, who is like family to Delbert, and has been with him since he was 19.  There was Mike Joyce on bass, Kevin McKendree on the Hammond keyboard, plus the wonderful lead of Bob Britt, who was out front with Delbert.

Yes, Delbert is a treasure, and we will always "treasure" the night we experienced Delbert McClinton on the Princess stage.  Thank you Delbert for the great evening! 

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