JUST BOOKED – Wynonna Judd / Dana Carvey

The Center for the Arts announces two top name shows for early 2013.  Wynonna & The Big Noise come to Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Friday, February 22nd.  Emmy-award winning comedian Dana Carvey headlines an evening of stand-up comedy on Friday, March 15. Tickets go on sale to members Monday, November 26 and to non members Monday, December 10.

Center Executive Director Julie Baker says, The Center had a great 2012; we presented nine headlining shows at the Vet\’s Hall, nearly 100 events at our intimate venue downtown, and presented our first concerts at the Nevada County Fairgrounds with Classic Country legends Willie Nelson, and Merle Haggard.  2013 is already shaping up to be even bigger. In fact, we\’ve already sold out Steve Earle\’s January show!  The community really supports us and appreciates seeing this caliber of entertainment right here at home.  I’m super excited to present Wynonna with her band The Big Noise in Grass Valley. She puts on a great show – the other presenters I work with across the State have been telling me for years to book Wynonna.   So glad it worked out!”


“the greatest female country singer since Patsy Cline.” – Rolling Stone


Wynonna’s career has always revolved around telling stories. Whether she’s using her rich, commanding voice to sing one of her countless hits or sitting down for a bold, honest appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Wynonna always gets her point across with unflinching honesty and wisdom gained over the course of her very public life.

Wynonna and her famous mother Naomi’s relationship has been complex and a lot of the friction has played out in the public eye. Never ones to hold back in their quest for honesty, Wynonna and Naomi regularly shared their biggest struggles and revelations with the public as guests on The Oprah Winfrey Show. The Judds is a new docu-series on OWN granting fans unprecedented access into their unique and powerful mother/daughter relationship in addition to their relationship as performers and artistic collaborators.

Another new project Wynonna is in the midst of is recording her eighth studio album. It’s just the latest in a string of hit albums that started with her quintuple platinum 1992 solo debut, Wynonna. That set spawned four number one hits and was the bestselling country album ever by a female artist at that time. In 1994, Wynonna received the coveted Top Female Vocalist of the Year trophy at the ACM Awards, and Rolling Stone called her “the greatest female country singer since Patsy Cline.”

Engaging the soulful, bluesy side of her voice only hinted at with The Judds, Wynonna went on to sell more than 10 million albums and reach new creative heights with six chart toppers of her own. Now, with her novel Restless Heart in stores and The Judds docu-series on OWN which debuted with enormous television ratings, you can bet Wynonna fans will be watching very closely as she writes this next chapter of her legendary career.

Five-time Grammy winner and Country music superstar Wynonna and her band, The Big Noise, will perform all of her beloved hits and some rocking new covers at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium on Friday, February 22.


“…(Dana Carvey is a) one-man troupe of celebrity impersonations (like George H. W. Bush and Johnny Carson) and original characters (like the Church Lady), Mr. Carvey also starred with Mike Myers in Wayne\’s World, one of the few box-office smashes to be spun off an SNL skit…” – The New York Times


Another big show planned for the 1000 seat The Veteran\’s Memorial Auditorium in March is comedian Dana Carvey. Julie Baker, Center Executive Director, says, “In 2013 we plan to present more comedy and we are thrilled that the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital sees the benefit of laughter as the best medicine and will sponsor our Comedy series! Dana Carvey is a huge star with a list of over 100 impersonations under his belt.”

Dana Carvey has maintained an illustrious career. A repertory member of Saturday Night Live since the 1986-87 season, Carvey left in 1992 after seven seasons. Carvey is best known for his characters the Church Lady; Hans, of the Hans and Franz body building duo; Garth, Wayne Campbell\’s (Mike Myers) Excellent Co-Host\’ on the immensely popular sketch Wayne\’s World,\’ and Weekend Updates Grumpy Old Man.

In addition to these characters, Dana has received widespread praise for his uncanny comedic impersonations of such political figures as Ex-President George Bush, H. Ross Perot, Jerry Brown, David Duke and Bob Dole. He also does impersonations of George Burns, Johnny Carson, Jimmy Stewart, John McLaughlin, Mickey Rooney, Casey Casem, and Regis Philbin.

On television, he hosted the 1992 presentation of the MTV Music Awards, co-starred in two pilots and was a member of the Showtime special Salute to the Improvisation, with Billy Crystal, Robin Williams and Robert Klein. In 1995, Dana performed stand-up in his own one hour comedy special on HBO aptly named Critics Choice ****. In 2008 Dana recorded his second solo comedy special for HBO entitled Dana Carvey: Squatting Monkeys Tell No Lies.

In 1992 Carvey appeared in the blockbuster film WAYNE\’S WORLD, based on the hit Saturday Night Live sketch. The film grossed over $160 million and was produced by SNL creator Lorne Michaels. The public demanded a sequel and in 1993 Carvey appeared in WAYNE\’S WORLD 2, recreating his role of Garth, alongside Mike Myers\’ Wayne. The film was hugely successful.

Carvey won an Emmy Award in 1993 for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program. He has received a total of six Emmy nominations one of which was for a guest appearance on HBO\’s highly acclaimed LARRY SANDERS SHOW. Also, he was honored with The American Comedy Award as Television\’s Funniest Supporting Male in 1990 and 1991.

The Center for the Arts brings Emmy-award winning comedian Dana Carvey to Veterans Memorial Auditorium for an evening of stand-up comedy, with Larry Bubbles Brown opening, on Friday March 15.

Tickets can be purchased online anytime at www.thecenterforthearts.org or at The Center’s box office Monday-Saturday from noon-5pm.

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