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EACC Fine Arts Center’s 2013-2014 Season and Events

June 17, 2013
East Arkansas Community College
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Forrest City-East Arkansas Community College has announced the upcoming ‘Season IV’ of events to be held in the EACC Fine Arts Center. Season ticket packages are now available for purchase at

The EACC Spotlight Series:
Sanctus Real and Francesca Battistelli
Sunday, September 25, 2013 – 6:30 pm
GRAMMY® nominated, Dove Award winning Sanctus Real has received critical acclaim as a Christian rock and alternative CCM band over their 16-year career. The success of their albums landed Sanctus Real eight No. 1 singles and seven Top 5 radio singles. To date, the band’s total digital track sales exceed one million.  The band was named R&R magazine’s most played CHR radio Christian artist of 2006 and Billboard’s No. 4 most played Christian band of 2010.

GRAMMY®-nominated and Dove Award winning Francesca Battistelli’s sophomore album, Hundred More Years, debuted at No. 1 on the Christian Album Chart and No. 16 on Billboard’s Top 200. Hundred More Years released to rave reviews and is the follow-up to her debut My Paper Heart, which delivered the smash No. 1 single “Free To Be Me” and hit singles “It’s Your Life,” “I’m Letting Go” and “Beautiful, Beautiful.” To date, Battistelli has earned a GRAMMY nomination, six Dove Awards, and 18 Dove Award nominations. Her music has also been featured in the movie "Soul Surfer," as well as on several popular TV shows, such as " Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" (ABC), “The Biggest Loser” (NBC), and "So You Think You Can Dance.” (FOX).

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Saturday, November 16, 2013 – 7:00 pm
The iconic and profoundly influential Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, often cited as a catalyst for an entire movement in County Rock and American Roots Music, continues to add to their legendary status. With multi-platinum and gold records, strings of top ten hits such as “Fishin’ In The Dark” and “Mr. Bojangles”, multiple GRAMMY®, IBMA, CMA Awards and nominations, the band’s accolades continue to accumulate.

Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra with The Pied Pipers
Saturday, December 7, 2013 – 7:00 pm
‘Tis the season to be jolly! Enjoy big band tradition with the legendary Pied Pipers backed by the world-famous Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra. Under the leadership of Bill Tole, the 15-piece orchestra and singers will delight the young and the “young at heart” with an era of great music in a memorable holiday performance

Broadway Rox!
Friday, January 24, 2014 – 7:00 pm
BROADWAY ROX! is a new, upbeat live concert that celebrates the contemporary musicals of Broadway from the pop and rock genres. This theatrical experience bridges the gap between a traditional Broadway musical and a full-blown Rock Show, and includes songs from: Rent, Tommy, American Idiot, Mamma Mia, Smokey Joe's Cafe, Wicked, Jersey Boys, Rock of Ages, Hairspray, Jesus Christ Superstar, and many more!

An Evening with Bill Cosby
Saturday, April 26, 2014 – 7:00 pm
Over the past century, few performers have achieved the legendary status of William H. Cosby, Jr. His successes span five decades and virtually all media. In the 1960s, his stand-up act was a coast-to-coast sensation, spawning a string of hilarious, best-selling comedy albums, which went on to garner eight Gold records, five Platinum records, and five Grammy Awards. His role on TV’s I Spy made him the first African-American to co-star in a dramatic series, breaking television’s racial barrier and winning three Emmy Awards. In the 1980s, he again rocked the television world with The Cosby Show, a hugely successful series that single-handedly revived the family sitcom and NBC ratings. With hit movies like Uptown Saturday Night and best-selling books like Fatherhood, Bill Cosby is quite simply a national treasure with the unique ability to touch people’s hearts.

The EACC Family Series:
Fancy Nancy The Musical!
Sunday, October 26, 2013 – 2:00 pm pre-party / 3:00 pm performance
Get fancy and join us for a posh pre-performance party followed by Fancy Nancy The Musical!
When it comes to being fancy, Nancy believes more is better. From her tiara to her sparkly shoes, she’s out to teach her family a thing or two about being fancy. Full of warmth and heart, Fancy Nancy the Musical is based on the popular book series by Jane O’Connor.

ERTH’s Dinosaur Zoo
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 – 6:30 pm
Get up close and personal with ERTH'S remarkable prehistoric creatures, from cute baby dinos to teeth-gnashing giants, in a live petting zoo like no other! These ancient dinosaurs come to life in an eye-popping display in this fun, educational and imaginative performance that will thrill and delight audiences of all ages. Children can watch wide-eyed from a safe distance or bravely dare to interact with the dinosaurs.

Special Events:
Healthy Woman Anniversary Party featuring Elizabeth Smart
(A Forrest City Medical Center Resource)
Tuesday, October 1, 2013 – Girlfriend Time (Shopping, Health Fair, Hors d’oeuvres and Beverage Buffets)  4:30-7:30 pm / Keynote Speaker Elizabeth Smart: 7:30 pm
You will be inspired by Elizabeth Smart’s powerful story of recovery after a nine-month abduction – a tale of faith, family and love.  Tickets for this event may be purchased online at, via telephone by calling 870-633-4480, ext. 352, or in person at the EACC Fine Arts Center Ticket Office.  Tickets are now on sale for $35.  

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
Saturday, February 8, 2014 – 7:00 pm
A Chicago-based brass ensemble consisting of 8 sons of legendary jazz trumpeter Phil Cohran, Hypnotic is renowned for their ability to capture an audience with only horns and a drum set. Their musical style is a combination of many different musical genres, ranging from hip-hop to jazz to funk and rock. Collaborations include performances with Mos Def, Aquilla Sadalla, Phil Cohran, The Recipe, Nomadic Massive, Tony Allen, Wu Tang Clan, De La Soul, Prince, Femi Kuti, Gorillaz, and B52's. They have recorded with names ranging from Erykah Badu to Ghostface Killah of the Wu Tang Clan to Maxwell and many more. Their hit song "War" was featured in the box office smash The Hunger Games.

Jeff Bowling Quartet – Black Box Theater
Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 7:00 pm
The Jeff Bowling Quartet boasts a wide range of influences and performance histories, appearing with Dizzy Gillespie, Herb Ellis, Pete Fountain, Terry Holmes, Louie Bellson, Pat Metheney, Steve Reid and Bamboo Forest, and Bobby Vann and the Rockets of Rhythm. The group specializes in modern hard-driving swing and performs original compositions, model expressions and the avant-garde drawing from Ellington, Coltrane and Lennon/McCartney.

Single tickets to all Spotlight Series events are $35, Family Series events are $12.  Special event ticket prices vary-see online listings. Tickets for Spotlight Series and Family Series events generally go on sale six weeks prior to event. Season tickets are now available online at or by calling 870-633-4480 ext. 352. Season subscription options save up to 20% of the ticket price.

Photo of the legendary Bill Cosby

Photo: The legendary Bill Cosby will culminate the EACC Fine Arts Center’s ‘Season IV’ Spotlight Series on Saturday, April 26th at 7:00 p.m.

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