Sunday, March 10, 2013

Shelby's Don Gibson Theatre beefs up calendar

For a 74-year-old small town former movie theater, downtown Shelby's Don Gibson Theater boasts an interesting roster of acts performing in its intimate 400-seat hall each year. Some of the acts that come there also play Charlotte, but its location may actually be closer for some readers than downtown or the University area. While you can check out the entire calendar here, the venue revealed a few new concert announcements last week. 

California fun n' sun rockers Smashmouth will play April 14. You'll probably remember its late `90s hits "Walkin' on the Sun" and "Can't Get Enough of You, Baby" as well as covers of the Monkees' "I'm a Believer" and War's "Why Can't We Be Friends?"

Other upcoming shows include Carolina Southern rockers Nantucket (who are actually at Amos' March 16) and the George Hatcher Band on May 10 and country veterans Exile on May 17. 

Previously announced shows include humorous bluegrass outfit the Cleverlys returning May 31. 

Country duo Sweethearts of the Rodeo, who scored its biggest hits in the late `80s, will play the theater September 7. Although quiet for most of the `00s sisters Janis and Kristine Oliver released a new album, "Restless," in 2012. 

Men at Work frontman Colin Hay (pictured), who has graced a few Charlotte venues over the past few years, will play there September 20 with South Carolina singer-songwriter Edwin McCain finishing out the season November 29.