Music, dance, comedy at Boykin: Season tickets on sale now

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The Arts Council of Wilson’s professional performance series for 2020-21, Boykin Series 24, has music, dance and comedy and includes two performances that had to be deferred from Boykin Series 23.

“We have an amazing line-up of musicians, dancers and comedians who will provide seven different performances for your enjoyment — with a little something for everyone,” said Cathy Hardison, Arts Council of Wilson’s executive director.

Shows are presented at 7:30 p.m. at the Edna Boykin Cultural Center, 108 Nash St.


As the child of country music legend Mel Tillis, Pam Tillis was determined from a young age to find her own way in music as a singer and songwriter. With six No. 1 one hits (including “Mi Vida Loca” and “Don’t Tell Me What To Do”) and 14 Top 10 singles, Tillis knows all about breaking the platinum barrier. She has had more than 30 singles on U.S. Billboard charts and sold more than 7 million copies of her studio albums.

She’s also a 15-time CMA nominee and two-time winner, a nine-time Academy of Country Music Award nominee, a two-time Grammy award winner and six-time Grammy nominee, and an American Music Award’s nominee.

Pam Tillis’ star continues to shine brightly in the third decade of her career. 

Individual tickets are $45 adults and $40 seniors and students.


Collage Dance Collective, rescheduled from March 20, works to inspire the growth of ballet by showcasing a repertoire of relevant choreography and world-class dancers.

Founded in New York City in 2006, the dance company relocated to Memphis in 2007 to take part in the city’s artistic renaissance and to fulfill its mission of extending the reach of outstanding classical ballet training. Since the move, this professional company has presented nine full-length seasons in Memphis and has toured both nationally and internartionally.

Collage believes that participation in the arts enriches communities and is critical to economic and social development. The company is committed to increasing access to outstanding ballet training and increasing diversity on professional ballet stages.

Tickets are $25 for adults seniors and students.

DEC. 18

Enjoy holiday hits from the one and only “King of Rock ’n’ Roll” delivered by Elvis tribute artist Matt Lewis. Songs will include such favorites as “Blue Christmas,” “I’ll be Home for Christmas,” “Here Comes Santa Claus” and many more Christmas favorites.

The audience will also enjoy his classic Elvis repertoire with songs from his Rockabilly era, the 1968 “Comeback Special” and, of course, the Las Vegas years.

Lewis began his entertainment career as an Elvis tribute artist at the age of 12. By his 21st birthday he was headlining with the world famous “Legends in Concert” show around the world. Lewis will be backed by the 12-piece Long Live the King Orchestra, also known as Big Ray and the Kool Kats.

Tickets are $35 for adults and $30 for seniors and students.


One of the most masterful voices in country music today, Gene Watson still sings in the same key as he did 30 years ago. His powerful voice and multi-octave range allow him to sing some of the most challenging songs with an ease that comes from pure, natural talent as well as from his many years performing onstage.

On his most recent album release, Real.Country.Music., the 72-year-old Watson once again proves he’s the master of classic country music. He remains defiantly country in the face of today’s more pop-oriented offerings and is proud that his legions of fans rely on him to keep traditional country music alive and well.

He is most famous for his 1975 hit “Love in the Hot Afternoon,” his 1981 No. 1 hit “Fourteen Carat Mind” and his signature 1979 song “Farewell Party.” Watson’s long career has notched five No. 1 hits, 23 Top 10 and more than 76 charted singles.

This show is rescheduled from this past season.

Tickets are $42 for adults and $37 for seniors and students.


Eric Lewis began his music career as a jazz pianist, performing alongside such powerhouses as Wynton Marsalis and Elvin Jones. A decade into his career, he reemerged as ELEW and began fusing his piano skills with modern pop and rock music, generating a new genre of music: rockjazz.

Over the course of multiple albums, ELEW has reenergized songs by Coldpay and Michael Jackson, The Killers and Lynyrd Skynyrd, to name a few. ELEW’s creativity and innovative artistry have propelled him to new endeavors in his career that range from composing for films, writing screenplays and directing, to speaking engagements for Fortune 100 companies and luxury brands such as Google, Fendi, Disney and Mercedes Benz.

His newest album “ELEW Plays Rosenwinkel — CUBISM” is a collaboration between the genre-melding ELEW and modern jazz legend Kurt Rosenwinkel. “Cubism” is a compositional retrospective and daring leap into uncharted musical waters from two luminary artists.

Tickets are $35 for adults and $30 for seniors and students.


Dancing Dream — ABBA Tribute Band was formed in New York City by Halina Ulatowski and Agnes Jawien in 2009. Following the release of the Broadway-based movie “Mamma Mia,” demand grew for an ABBA tribute group. The singers formed a six-piece live band with an arsenal of seasoned musicians to pay homage to the legendary Swedish group ABBA, honoring their legacy by electrifying audiences of all ages with classic hits such as “Mamma Mia,” “Dancing Queen,” “Take a Chance,” “Fernando” and many more.

The group has toured festivals and venues across the nation, and the lead vocalists take audiences on a nostalgic trip back to the glitz and glamour of the 1970s with beautiful harmonies, elaborate costumes and exciting choreography.

Tickets are $35 for adults and $30 for seniors and students.


If you enjoy clean comedy, then Henry Cho is the comic for you. Cho has numerous TV and film credits to his name and has made appearances on “The Tonight Show,” “The Late Late Show” and “Young Comedians Special.” He served two years as host of NBC’s “Friday Night Videos” and has had many guest roles on various network sitcoms. Cho was also co-creator, co-producer and co-writer of “The Henry Cho Show.”

Cho’s one-hour Comedy Central Special “What’s That Clickin’ Noise?” is currently running, and he can also be heard daily on Sirius/XM and Blue Collar Radio. He is also a regular performer at the Grand Ole Opry. This is family-friendly comedy at its best.

Tickets are $35 for adults and $30 for seniors and students.


Season tickets for Boykin Series 24 are on sale through July 31. The cost for the entire new series (five shows) is $160 — a $185 value.

Season tickets for Boykin Series 24 do not include tickets for Collage Dance Collective and Gene Watson. These performances are rescheduled from the previous season. If you had already purchased tickets for these concerts, your tickets will still be valid. Individual tickets will be available for purchase.

For more information on purchasing season tickets, contact the Arts Council of Wilson at 252-291-4329. Individual tickets will be available for sale starting on Aug. 1.

Arts Partners for Boykin Series 23 are Brewmasters, Bridgestone, First Media Radio, North Carolina Arts Council, Parker’s Barbecue, South Arts, Southern Bank, Wilson County, Wilson Energy and The Wilson Times.