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Musical groups take stage at fine arts center

<p>Local groups Blue Fiddle and Cutthroat Trout will provide an evening of swing and ethnic music Oct. 24 at 8 p.m.</p>

Local groups Blue Fiddle and Cutthroat Trout will provide an evening of swing and ethnic music Oct. 24 at 8 p.m.

Van Buren School District Fine Arts Center announced its 2014-15 season schedule with five professional music shows and two student stage performances.

Local groups Blue Fiddle and Cutthroat Trout will provide an evening of swing and ethnic music Oct. 24 at 8 p.m. The show will feature two of the best fiddlers in the area.

Cutthroat Trout’s music will include swing tunes and gypsy jazz, while Blue Fiddle features great traditional Irish music. Tickets are $10-$20.

Diamond Rio will perform in Van Buren on Nov. 1. at 8 p.m. Formed in 1984, Diamond Rio signed with Arista in the early ‘90s. The group won its first Grammy and first Dove award for the album “The Reason,” and became the first group in the history of country music to have a debut single reach No. 1. with “Meet in the Middle.”

Inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 1998, Diamond Rio has sold more than 10 million albums earning three platinum and won numerous country music awards, and the group continued to place 32 more singles on the Billboard chart, including “Beautiful Mess,” “Love a Little Stronger” and “One More Day.” Tickets are $20-$35.

Country star Travis Tritt will perform Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. as part of the “Calm After Tour” featuring the full Country Club Band. His 1990 debut “Country Club” and its succession of hits put him in the vanguard of the genre’s early ’90s boom, while his conspicuous lack of a cowboy hat and musical aggressiveness set him apart.

Tritt has amassed more than $25 million in career album sales, two Grammys, three Country Music Association Awards, more than thirty top 40 country singles with five reaching No. 1 and a devoted fan base that fills venues coast to coast. Tickets are $30-$43.

Van Buren FAC’s second year for A Little Night Music will be April 4 at 7 p.m. Local professional musicians along with talented Van Buren High School alumni and students will present a fundraiser concert to support the Fine Arts Center.

This event was one of the venue’s most popular shows last year, the first year for the show, and is a full two hours. Tickets are $10.

Liverpool Legends Beatles Tribute Band, set to perform April 10, is made up of four talented musicians and actors handpicked by Louise Harrison - sister of the late George Harrison of The Beatles.

Headlining their own production in Branson for six seasons, Liverpool Legends have been voted Best New Show, Best Band and Best Show. It received Visitors’ Choice Award for Best Show in 2009 and also Best Show and was spotlighted again in 2010.

In 2012, Liverpool Legends along with Louise Harrison were nominated for a Grammy Award for their work on “Fab Fan Memories - a Beatles Bond.” The show presents the evolution of what some consider the most important rock and roll band in history from beginning to end, with special guests the Van Buren High School band. Tickets are $15-$25.

Van Buren High School Theater will present two shows for the 2014-15 season.

“The Little Mermaid” is a popular musical based on the Disney classic and is appropriate for the whole family. Showtimes are Nov. 14, 15 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10.

A stage adaptation of the classic F. Scott Fitzgerald novel “The Great Gatsby” will be performed April 24 and 25 at 7 p.m. The story traces the activities of mysterious socialite Jay Gatsby in fashionable Long Island New York during the 1920s. Tickets: $10

Season tickets and single event tickets go on sale July 10 and can be purchased online at centerforfinearts.org or by calling (479) 471-4017. Season subscription includes tickets to all seven shows with a generous discount.

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