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Iris DeMent, Nationally Renowned Alternative Folk and Country Singer and Songwriter, to Perform at Astra March 22nd

Nationally renowned singer, guitarist, pianist, and songwriter, Iris DeMent, will perform at the historic Astra Theatre in Jasper on Friday, March 22 as part of the 2019 season of Next Act, Inc.  Doors for this performance will open at 6:30 p.m., opening performer Pieta Brown will go on at 7:30 p.m., and DeMent will take to the Jim and Pat Thyen Performance Stage at 8:30 p.m. 

Tickets are on sale now at  Main floor and balcony tickets are $24.95 and VIP packages are $39.95 (includes preferred seating, reserved parking, and a free drink voucher for the performance).

Season ticket holders are guaranteed main floor seating.  Next Act will reach out directly via email to those with season tickets.  Business members will also be contacted with information about their ticket discount for employees.

DeMent defies easy categorization, writing and performing music associated with divergent genres such as Country-Folk, Americana, Gospel, Folk, and Alternative Country.

DeMent released her first album in 1992, “Infamous Angel.” Her most recent solo album, “The Trackless Woods,” was released in 2015.           Also in 2015, DeMent released her sixth solo album, In 2016 she reunited with John Prine for a second album of duets, “For Better or Worse.” 

Her music and performance has been used by such movie producers as the Coen brothers for their 2012 film “Ture Grit.”  She has appeared on albums with John Prine, Jools, Steve Earle, and Emmylou Harris.              

In 2017, DeMent received the “American Trailblazer Award” at the annual Americana Music Honor & Awards.   An Arkansas native, DeMent grew up in Los Angeles.  She married singer-songwriter Greg Brown in 1992.  They live in Iowa with their adopted, Russian-born daughter.

“Christmas Vacation” to Return to the Astra Theatre in mid-December

We are excited to again present the Christmas comedy classic Christmas Vacation on Saturday, December 15, 2018.  Tickets are $8 and can be purchased online in advance by CLICKING HERE or, if available, the night of the show at the doors.  Show time is 7 p.m. and the Astra’s doors will open at 6:15 p.m.  We would definitely… Continue Reading

Details for the Second Annual ‘GIVE WHERE YOU LIVE!’ Day Announced

The second annual ‘GIVE WHERE YOU LIVE!’ day of giving campaign aimed at supporting arts’ and literacy initiatives will be held on Friday, October 26, 2018, with activities planned for the entire day.  This year’s campaign will specifically benefit programming at the Jasper Public Library, stage equipment at the Jasper Arts Center, and ongoing facility… Continue Reading

Bob & Tom Veteran and “The Pat McAfee Show” Host Todd McComas to Headline Night of Comedy at the Astra

Todd McComas will headline a night of comedy at the Astra on Saturday, November 10, 2018.  Doors for the performance will open at 6:30 p.m. with the show beginning at 7:30 p.m.   Tickets are $14.95 and can be purchased in advance at or by phoning 812-566-1935.  Questions or requests for ticketing assistance can also be… Continue Reading

Next Act Seeking New Board Members to Take the Organization/Astra into Next Era

Next Act, Inc., the not-for-profit that formed in 2014 to create an endowment for, completely renovate, and, ultimately, in 2018, reopen the historic Astra Theatre in downtown Jasper, is seeking applicants for new members for its board of directors.  The request for applicants follows the plan for three of its longer-tenured members to resign at… Continue Reading

We’re looking for event volunteers for this fall!

We’re seeking volunteers for our fall 2018 performances. Roles and responsibilities could vary from show to show, but primary areas the venue needs assistance with are as ticket scanners, ushers, concessions, and more. Anyone interested in volunteering is encouraged to email or phone 812-566-1935. The Astra’s fall 2018 schedule includes a performance by Pokey LaFarge on… Continue Reading

“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” to make an ‘almost’ Halloween 2018 return to the Astra!

The Astra Theatre will screen The Rocky Horror Picture Show on Saturday, October 27, at 7 p.m.  Doors will open at 6 p.m. and there will be Astra-appropriate props available for purchase that night as a $5 kit. Tickets are $8 and are available in advance at or at the doors the night of the show.  The approved kit… Continue Reading

2019 Membership Campaign

Support the Astra and get great rewards!

  • $25 Astra shirt
  • $50 Astra Swag Pack: 2019 Astra tumbler, Astra koozie, and Astra sticker
  • $100 Libby’s Double Scoop of Ice Cream per month
  • $250 A Night Out on the Town: Snaps- 1 free dessert w/ 2 entree purchase per week; SERVUS- 1 small drink and popcorn per month at Jasper 8
  • $1,000 Two-day message on our marquee; as well as all of the incentives above (excluding season tickets & naming rights)
  • $2,000 One rental of the Astra

Business Membership levels are also available!
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