SEEN AT THE SCENE – Trace Adkins

At the Thrasher-Horne Center, the only thing more beautiful than our shows is our audiences. Our crowd last Thursday night put on their best cowboy boots and their fanciest ten-gallon hats and moseyed on down to catch Trace Adkins live on our Main Stage. Trace definitely didn’t disappoint, launching into a high-energy set packed with all the hits. It was a night the audience won’t soon forget. Pick up your tickets today for our upcoming shows at THcenter.org and who knows… you may be the next beautiful person to grace our blog!

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SEEN AT THE SCENE – Todrick Hall presents Straight Outta Oz

At the Thrasher-Horne Center, the only thing more beautiful than our shows is our audiences. Just witness our crowd last Friday night as we welcomed Todrick Hall and his troupe of sensational singers and dancers of Straight Outta Oz to our Main Stage for a high energy musical spectacular that included laughter, tears, singalongs… and even a surprise on-stage marriage proposal (SPOILER ALERT: She Said Yes)! Pick up your tickets today for our upcoming shows at THcenter.org and who knows… you may be the next beautiful person to grace our blog!

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Todrick invited a few people on stage at the end of the show, including his “most energetic fan”, a fan celebrating his birthday, and a third fan who had her life changed with a surprise engagement from her fiancee.

Ten Outrageous Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About Trace Adkins

Trace Adkins has led quite the interesting life. He’s been present on country music charts since 1996, following the release of his debut album ‘Dreamin’ Out Loud’. But surrounding his musical fame is a life full of extreme variety that has found the roughneck crooner in some of the most unexpected places. Check out the facts we’ve complied below for an alternative view into the life of one of country’s most exciting names.

 

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10.  He’s A Damn Good Author. Trace wrote a book in 2007 called A Personal Stand: Observations and Opinions from a Freethinking Roughneck. Besides the long title, it has received great reviews and is rated 5 out of 5 stars at amazon.com.

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9. Trace Adkins is 6’6″.
Ever wondered how tall Trace actually is?  With some research we can confirm that yeah… he’s a big dude.
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8. His ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ charities were very personal.
During his first appearance on ‘Celebrity Apprentice,’ Adkins played for the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network because his daughter Brianna suffers from severe allergic reactions to peanuts, milk and eggs. His second time around, he played for the American Red Cross, an organization that came to his family’s rescue after their 2011 house fire.
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7. He’s a big fan of ’80s rock and roll.
Adkins idolizes country stars like Merle Haggard and Ronnie Milsap, but also rock bands like the Eagles, Journey and Lynyrd Skynyrd. He believes that “the best rock ‘n roll was made between ’75 and ’85.” He also prefers the Rolling Stones over the Beatles. Adkins once said that he “was never a Beatles fan.”
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6. He’s scarred — literally.
He was shot by his second wife through the heart. During a domestic dispute in 1994, his second wife Julie shot him.  The bullet passed through both chambers of his heart and through both lungs.  He crawled into the bathtub while waiting for help so he wouldn’t bleed all over the new carpet (in Trace’s own words).  He believes the reason he survived is because he lived near a Trauma Center.  He never pressed charges against Julie, but the pair divorced shortly after. He has a number of scars on his chest from this and other incidents.
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5. No, seriously … he’s really scarred.
Trace lost his pinky finger on his left hand. After he graduated from Louisiana Tech University with a degree in petroleum technology, Adkins’ left pinky was cut off while he was working on an oil rig cutting open a bucket with a knife. Doctors were able to reattach the finger, but it is permanently bent at an angle so he could still play the guitar. This makes it difficult for the singer to play many guitar chords.
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4. He’s animated.
He voiced the recurring handlebar-mustached character Elvin Mackleston on the animated series ‘King of the Hill.’ He also voiced Big John in the episode ‘Livin’ on Reds, Vitamin C and Propane.’ In addition, Trace has starred in his own comic book series playing superhero Luke McBain.
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3. Tractors are his guilty pleasure.
Adkins says that the best piece of advice he’s been given that he actually follows is “don’t spend your own money” — except if it’s on tractors. He loves tractors, and he cites them as his guilty pleasure. “I’ve got three [tractors], and I can’t justify having three. I guess that’s a guilty pleasure,” he dishes.
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2. As far as his hair, it’s all or nothing.
If Adkins ever cut his hair, he says he’d choose a buzz cut because it’s a similarly low-maintenance ‘do. He’s been growing his mane since 1991.
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1. Worst. Gig. Ever!
The worst gig Trace Adkins ever played was at a wedding reception. “We played the song for the bride and groom to dance to, and the next song was going to be grandparents and the parents and all that. So, we started the second song and about halfway through, Grandma fell dead on the floor,” Adkins spills. “And we were still playing, and finally, the father turned around and yelled, “Stop! For God’s sake, stop playing. My mother’s dead.”

 

Special thanks to B105 and Taste of Country for providing these outrageous Trace Adkins facts!

Trace Adkins Drops His New Album And Prepares For His Thrasher-Horne Main Stage Debut

With over 11 million in album sales, three Grammy nominations, and dozens of major motion pictures and television credits to his name, Trace Adkins always has something going on. It is that constant motion and creative diversity that has fueled his latest music, the much-anticipated forthcoming and aptly titled Something’s Going On – his 12th studio album – scheduled for release on March 31. Something’s Going On marks Adkins’ first album release on his new label, BBR Music Group / Wheelhouse Records. The first single off Something’s Going On, “Watered Down,” appeared on Country radio the 13th of this month. It’s been four years since Adkins’ last studio album Love Will… released in 2013, which debuted in the top ten on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, and fans have eagerly awaited this follow up ever since.

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“When I first heard ‘Watered Down’ I felt an immediate connection with what I wanted to say. A man comes to a point in his life where he begins to reflect on his past and what he’s learned and that’s what fueled this song,” shares Adkins. “If you’ve led the kind of life I’ve led, at some point you have to temper your vices.”

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With new music already being rehearsed, Adkins’ 2017 Tour will launch on February 4, and will hit our Northeast Florida stage April 27th.  As a gift to his fans, Adkins is offering a physical copy of Something’s Going On with each ticket order to his concert in Orange Park.

Adkins’ trademark baritone has powered countless hits to the top of the charts. The three-time GRAMMY-nominated member of the Grand Ole Opry is a TV personality, actor, author, and spokesman for the Wounded Warrior Project and the American Red Cross, for whom he raised over $1.5 million dollars as winner of NBC’s All-Star Celebrity Apprentice.

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In recent years, Adkins has performed for our service men and women across 11 USO Tours, with his 12th scheduled later this Spring. In his 2007 autobiography, A Personal Stand: Observations and Opinions from a Freethinking Roughneck, he recounted his rise to fame, brushes with death, and battles with personal demons. Trace has played a tough as nails biker in The Lincoln Lawyer (starring Matthew McConaughey), a desperate father in Deepwater Horizon (starring Mark Wahlberg) and a wise oracle of a tattoo artist in the family-friendly film Moms’ Night Out (starring Patricia Heaton, Sean Astin, Sarah Drew).

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Trace Adkins tickets are now on sale to the public at the Thrasher-Horne Center.  Tickets range from $29 to $69.  A few  VIP packages are still available.  Purchase at the Thrasher-Horne Center Box Office, by phone at (904) 276-6815 or online at THcenter.org.

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The Thrasher-Horne Center is a performing arts venue and conference center owned and operated by St. Johns River State College.  It is located on the Orange Park campus at 283 College Drive in Orange Park, Florida.

A CLOSER LOOK – Kenny Rogers & Linda Davis

Some of the most interesting details of a stage production can sometimes only be seen by the people on stage. Here at the Thrasher-Horne, we try our best to give you an inside look at all aspects of our performances. We want you to see all angles of your favorite shows and artists… more than just the view from your seat. If we can get access to it, so should you! It’s with this mentality that we bring you a new regular feature on the blog – A CLOSER LOOK. This will be our opportunity to take you into the spotlights, through the stage door, and into every nook and cranny backstage to show you how your night of entertainment comes to be – from load-in to load-out.

Kenny Rogers took the stage at the Thrasher-Horne on January 28th, 2017, with good friend Linda Davis joining him for a stunning retrospective throughout the history and music that makes up his phenomenal career. Check out some close-up shots from the performance below. If you were in the audience, you’ll agree – this was Kenny at the top of his game, relishing decade after decade of memories and chart topping hits!

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For more information or to purchase tickets for our upcoming shows, check out our website at THcenter.org!

 

‘An Evening With Olivia Newton-John’ Coming To Our Mainstage In March!

Internationally recognized four-time Grammy Award-winning singer, actress, community activist and breast cancer “thriver” OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN performs live in concert at Thrasher-Horne Center on Saturday, March 4, 2017, brought to you by Get Off The Bus Concerts and Easy 106.5, with a portion of the net proceeds going to support Pink Ribbon Symposium in their fight to eliminate breast cancer!

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With a career spanning over five decades and more than 100 million albums sold, Olivia Newton-John’s successes include four Grammys, numerous Country Music, American Music, Billboard and People’s Choice Awards, an Emmy Award, ten #1 hits and more than 15 top 10 singles. She recently scored another #1 hit, this time on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart with her daughter Chloe Lattanzi – becoming the first mother/daughter duo to top this chart. In 1978, her co-starring role with John Travolta in “Grease” catapulted Olivia into super-stardom and to date remains the most successful movie musical of all time.

In 1992, Olivia was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her personal triumph against cancer led her to announce her partnership with the Austin Health and the creation of the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre (ONJCWRC) in her hometown of Melbourne, Australia, which opened its doors in 2012. The Centre provides a comprehensive range of services and facilities for cancer treatment, education, training and research as well as a dedicated wellness center (oliviaappeal.com).

Her latest recording, “LIV ON,” a collaborative, inspiring new CD with friends Beth Nielsen Chapman and Amy Sky is intended for those who wish to transcend loss while walking a journey toward new-found meaning and hope, was recently released to critical acclaim. For more information visit OliviaNewton-John.com or follow her on Twitter @OliviaNJ or Instagram @TheRealONJ.

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Tickets for An Evening With Olivia Newton-John range from $55 to $95 and are available for purchase by calling (904) 276-6815 or online at THcenter.org.  This concert is presented in partnership with Get Off the Bus Concerts.

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The Thrasher-Horne Center is a performing arts venue and conference center owned and operated by St. Johns River State College.  It is located on the Orange Park campus at 283 College Drive in Orange Park, Florida.