Country Unplugged highlights events happening in the area
SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. — The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents Country Unplugged featuring Mark Chesnutt, Neal McCoy and Joe Diffie on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Reserved tickets range from $39 to $59. A group discount is available for groups of 20 or more. Reserved tickets can be purchased by visiting or calling the Luhrs Center box office at 717-477-SHOW (7469) or online at www.luhrscenter.com.
Mark Chesnutt is one of country’s true musical treasures. Critics have hailed him as a classic country singer of the first order and some of country music’s most elite entertainers, from George Jones to George Strait, echo the sentiment.
He has 14 No. 1 hits, 23 top ten singles, four platinum albums and five gold records to his credit.
Neal McCoy has released 15 studio albums on various labels, and has released 34 singles to country radio. In 1993, Neal McCoy broke through with the back-to-back No. 1 singles “No Doubt About It” and “Wink” from his platinum-certified album No Doubt About It. His commercial success continued into the late 1990s with two more platinum albums and a gold album.
With the release of Jason Aldean’s hit “1994” that name-checked many of Joe Diffie’s 12 No. 1 hits, the legendary singer found himself squarely back in the hearts and minds of country fans. The multi-platinum-selling artist who dominated the charts during a hot streak in then ’90s may have been absent from the radio charts for the past few years, but Joe-Joe-Joe Diffie has never slowed down — writing, touring and recording a myriad of projects including his critically acclaimed 2010 bluegrass album Homecoming, and his recent “Roots And Boots” acoustic tour and collaborative CD, All In The Same Boat, with fellow hit makers Sammy Kershaw and Aaron Tippin.
Davisson Brothers Band to perform in Williamsport
The Davisson Brothers Band will be performing at the Williamsport Red Men Lodge 84 in Williamsport at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23. The band plays a unique style of music, infusing a remarkable blend of country, southern rock, and bluegrass to create a distinctive sound.
Tickets cost $20 and can be purchased by visiting https://www.eventbrite.com/e/williamsport-red-men-lodge-tickets-53898590134?aff=aff0bandsintown&bit_userid=49472138&comeFrom=251&artist_event_id=100666992.
Community Theatre brings ‘Oklahoma’ to Hagerstown
Nearly 76 years after the original Broadway production opened in New York City, Rogers & Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma” will be staged closer to home this weekend.
The classic musical will hit the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, and at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, at The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., in downtown Hagerstown.
Set in a Western Indian territory just after the turn of the last century, the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which cowman Curly and farm girl Laurey play out their love story.
Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting
BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. — The 29th Annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting which welcomes more than 100 waters from across the country and around the globe will take place on Saturday, Feb. 23. Held at The Country Inn in the historic spa town of Berkeley Springs, it is the largest and longest running water tasting competition in the world.
Tasting of municipal waters, followed by purified drinking water, begins at 2:30 p.m. Bottled waters, both still and sparkling, are tasted at 6:30 p.m. Winners in all categories are announced at a public awards reception at 8 p.m.
More than 700 distinct waters have entered over the life of the event coming from all over the United States and from as far away as Greece, New Zealand and Korea.
“The impact of winning this event is extraordinary for a bottler,” said Jeanne Mozier, one of the event founders. “Several have experienced exponential growth, others closed major deals, and almost all winners redesign their labels to display their winning medal.”
A distinguished panel of media judges determine the official winners, but there is a role for the public. All day Saturday, they taste water along with the judges. Most importantly, the public votes for two People’s Choice awards, one for best packaging and, introduced last year, one for best flavored essence sparkling water. “How the product looks has become ever more important as the bottled water industry continues to grow,” said Mozier. “There are now more than 600 brands of bottled water.”
The water tasting weekend begins on Thursday, Feb. 21, with preliminary tastings at The Country Inn that are free and open to the public. Special events and activities continue everywhere in Morgan County through Sunday, Feb. 24. For more information, call 800-447-8797 or visit www.berkeleysprings.com.