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Pokey LaFarge to Perform Intimate Solo Acoustic Set at the Historic Astra Theatre in October

Recording artist Pokey LaFarge will perform at the Astra Theatre on Saturday, October 6.

American musician Pokey LaFarge will perform a solo acoustic set at the historic Astra Theatre on Saturday, October 6, 2018.  Doors for this intimate performance will open at 6:30 p.m., a yet-to-be determined opener will perform at 7:30 p.m., and LaFarge will take to the Jim and Pat Thyen Performance Stage at 8:30 p.m.

LaFarge is a musician, songwriter, bandleader, entertainer, innovator, and preservationist at the forefront of American music.  He has a creative mix of early jazz, string ragtime, country blues, and western swing.

Tickets for the show are onsale now by CLICKING HERE and are $36.95 for VIP (preferred parking and seating, early venue access with refreshments, and, if available, an artist meet and greet), $26.95 for the main floor, and $26.95 for the balcony.  This will be the first reserved seating show at the newly-renovated Astra Theatre.  Season ticket holders and business members will be contacted with their assigned seat information.

In 2006, LaFarge independently released his first album, Marmalade, and his second solo album, Beat, Move & Shake, was released in 2008 by Big Muddy Records.

Riverboat Soul, his first album with The South City Three, was recorded in Nashville using only vintage instruments and electronics.  Released in 2010 by Free Dirt Records it went on to win the Independent Music Award for “Best Americana Album”.  The group’s second effort, Middle of Everywhere, won the same award in 2011.

LaFarge has collaborated with the likes of Jack White of the White Stripes and has released one album on White’s Third Man Records.  He has appeared on The Late Show with David LettermanConanA Prairie Home Companion, and has been a featured performer on stages across the country and world.

For additional information about LaFarge, please visit www.pokeylafarge.net.

Tickets are still available for the May 12th Smooth Hound Smith performance at the Astra, as well as for the screening of the Wizard of the Oz on June 2.  For ticketing and more, please visit www.TheNextAct.org.

Funding support is still needed to close a financial gap and eliminate or reduce the amount of money the organization will need to borrow to complete the renovation.  A 2018 membership campaign is underway and, while any denomination is appreciated, incentives begin at the $25 level (t-shirts).  For additional information, including more incentive details, please visit www.TheNextAct.org.

Wizard of Oz coming to the Astra on June 2!

The 1939 classic Wizard of Oz will be screened at the historic Astra Theatre on Saturday, June 2, 2018, at 7 p.m.  Tickets are $8 and can be purchased in advance online by CLICKING HERE or at the door the night of the show.   The Greater Jasper Downtown Business Association (the Downtown Merchants) is sponsoring the presentation. Widely… Continue Reading

Astra’s Marquee Re-Lighting Date Set for April 11

The historic Astra’s recently renovated and refurbished iconic sign and marquee is set to be relit for the first official time on Wednesday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m.  The marquee lighting event will, effectively, also serve as a ribbon-cutting of sorts for the soon-to-be 83-year-old facility as it heads into its first official event since being… Continue Reading

East Nashville Recording Artist, Smooth Hound Smith, to Perform at the Historic Astra Theatre in May

Smooth Hound Smith, a self-described foot stomping Americana roots duo, will perform at the historic Astra Theatre on Saturday, May 12, 2018.  Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., with a yet-to-be-determined opening act beginning at 7:30 p.m. PURCHASE TICKETS HERE. The East Nashville duo utilizes a combination of foot percussion, fuzzed out finger-picked guitar patterns, and… Continue Reading

Amid Complete Renovation, Next Act/Astra Launches 2018 Membership Drive

Next Act, Inc., the 501c3 renovating the historic Astra Theatre in downtown Jasper, has launched its 2018 membership campaign.  Launched while the building is currently undergoing a complete and total renovation and remodel lead by general contractor Seufert Construction, proceeds from the campaign will be used to pay for final design elements in the theater… Continue Reading

Welcome to our Board of Directors Members

Next Act, Inc., has added two new members to its board of directors:  Ben Nowotarski and Rafaela Schaick.  Steffi Schmücker has also joined the board in a consultant’s capacity. “Our original board of directors is now almost four years in on our journey and, as is the case with most not-for-profit by-laws, we saw the… Continue Reading

Next Act Seeking Applicants for up to Three Board Seats

First formed in October 2014, the Next Act has operated with six volunteer board members while having nine available seats—and we’re looking to expand.  Details below. “We have long been working toward a fully-renovated Astra Theatre,” said Leslie Hamby, Next Act’s chairperson.  “Now that we are starting to see where that road ends, we felt… Continue Reading

Funding Secured for Major Interior Renovation of the Astra Theatre

  With a recent series of major funding sources aligning in support of Next Act’s effort to renovate the interior of the historic Astra Theatre, a full and complete renovation—inclusive of the interior renovation—appears to be on the horizon. In August of 2016, Next Act received a historic preservation grant from the Indiana Office of… Continue Reading

May 19th—GIVE WHERE YOU LIVE! to support the Astra and the local arts!

TO DONATE TO THE ‘GIVE WHERE YOU LIVE!’ CAMPAIGN, CLICK HERE! Details of the May 19th ‘GIVE WHERE YOU LIVE!’ day of giving campaign aimed at supporting arts’ initiatives (the new Cultural Center and the renovations of the historic Astra Theatre and the Jasper Arts Center) have been announced.   CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A… Continue Reading

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