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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.

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

“E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” Coming to the Astra on August 4

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial is coming to the Astra Theatre on Saturday, August 4, 2018, at 2:30 p.m. The screening is being presented by and through a unique partnership and collaboration with Jasper Community Arts. This special community-minded event during Strassenfest is open and free to the public, but seating is limited by capacity. Free will… Continue Reading

“Rock Lotto” Takes Shape After Lottery-Style Draw Forms Bands

Bands for the area and region’s first “Rock Lotto” event at the Astra Theatre on July 21 have been formed. Musicians from local and regional bands The High Road, Fun Guns, Sparrow and Crandall, and more have been divided up through a unique lottery-style draft held on Friday, June 29, 2018, at the Astra Theatre.  The 12 total… Continue Reading

First “Rock Lotto” Fundraising Event to be held at the Astra in July

The area’s first “Rock Lotto” will hit the Jim and Pat Thyen Performance Stage at the Astra on July 21, 2018, at 7 p.m.  The unique event will take 12 local musicians, divide them into three bands, and have the newly-formed “bands” perform five songs each.  Audience members will receive a voucher worth ten points to vote… Continue Reading

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