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Singer and songwriter Paul Thorn at the historic Astra Theatre on Saturday, September 11

Singer and songwriter Paul Thorn will take to the Jim & Pat Thyen Performance stage on Saturday, September 11 with opening act Cory Branan kicking the music off starting at 7:30 pm EST.

Tickets are on sale now via Eventbrite here. Reserved seating tickets on the main floor and balcony are $30 with a $45 VIP option. The VIP ticket includes preferred parking in the Matrix parking lot, a $5 concession voucher, and a 30 minute pre-show meet-and-greet with the artist.

Thorn has created an innovative and impressive career, pleasing crowds with his muscular brand of roots music – bluesy, rocking and thoroughly Southern American, yet also speaking universal truths. Among those who value originality, inspiration, eccentricity and character – as well as talent that hovers somewhere on the outskirts of genius, the story of Paul Thorn is already familiar. Born in Tupelo, Mississippi, raised among the same spirits (and some of the actual people) who nurtured the young Elvis generations before, Paul Thorn has rambled down back roads and jumped out of airplanes, worked for years in a furniture factory, battled four-time world champion boxer Roberto Duran on national television, performed on stages with Bonnie Raitt, Mark Knopfler, Sting, and John Prine among many others, and made some of the most emotionally restless yet fully accessible music of our time. He’s also appeared on major television shows, received numerous National Public Radio features and charted multiple times on the Billboard Top 100 and Americana Radio Charts.

Paul’s new release, “Never Too Late To Call,” is seven years in the making and features all original material. The CD was recorded at Sam Phillips Studio in Memphis and produced and engineered by Grammy winning wunderkind Matt Ross-Spang.

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Astra & Next Act, Inc COVID-19 Protocols

The safety of our patrons and our staff is our number one priority. If you do not feel well, please stay home.

By entering the venue, you assume all the risks associated with COVID-19. Furthermore you release Next Act, Inc and all affiliated parties from all liability associated with COVID-19.

Additionally, for the September 11 Paul Thorn concert at the Astra, per the artist’s requirements, patrons must show proof of full vaccination or 48 hour negative test administered by a healthcare professional to enter the building.

Masks

For all shows, the Astra is requiring that all attendees of our events must wear masks, regardless of vaccination status. Masks that cover the nose and mouth are required to be kept on while not in your seat while in the venue. All audience members should bring their own mask and wear it as you enter the building. Single-use masks will be available if needed. These regulations will apply to all members of your party before they are allowed entry into the event and to any users of the tickets purchased by you.

Proof of Vaccination

We will accept original CDC issued vaccination card or photo copy, picture, scan or digital passport of same as long as the name matches your ID.

Fully Vaccinated to us means you have received your 1st Johnson & Johnson or 2nd Moderna/Pfizer shot and it is notated and dated on your vaccination card.

Negative COVID-19 Test

We will accept a printed or digital copy of a negative COVID-19 test result administered by or under the supervision of a healthcare professional within 48 hours of the date of the show you are attending. At home tests will not be accepted under any circumstances.

If our staff has grounds to believe that you have presented fraudulent or falsified documents, we reserve the right to deny you entry into our establishment.

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Next Act, Inc. is the 501(c)(3) that operates the historic, newly renovated Astra Theatre in downtown Jasper. Our mission is to foster, engage and create cultural and artistic opportunities and awareness in Dubois County.  What that means is bringing programming including concerts, comedians, movies, and education to the Astra.  

The historic Astra Theatre is located in the heart of downtown Jasper, Indiana. Newly renovated with 357 seats, the Astra has main level and balcony seating with a concessions stand offering snacks, local craft and domestic beer, and wine that are available for purchase.

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