Carolina Theatre Greensboro announces Great line-up for 2015 Spring Season

The Carolina Theatre 2015 SPRING Season

Greensboro, NC Tickets are on sale now for all Carolina Theatre Presents spring events. Details and ticket information are listed below.

Saturday, January 10, 8:00pm
Presented with 93.1 The Wolf
Country music legend Travis Tritt is dubbed one of “The Class of ‘89,” which included superstars Garth Brooks, Clint Black and Alan Jackson, all of whom dominated the charts in the early ‘90s. 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of Tritt’s music career, a busy year with a heavy tour schedule in support of his album, The Calm After.
Tickets: $55.00 for premium orchestra pit seating; $45.00, $37.50 or $27.50

Friday, January 16, 7:00pm
Come enjoy the world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra, the most popular and sought-after big band in the world today! With its unique jazz sound, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, led by musical director Nick Hilscher, is considered to be one of the greatest bands of all time. The present Glenn Miller Orchestra was formed in 1956 and has been touring consistently since, playing an average of 300 live dates a year all around the world.
Tickets: $26.50 or $24.50 for students, seniors and military

Thursday, February 5, 8:00pm
Presented with Carolina Theatre of Durham
Ferguson has become a huge success on the North American comedy circuit.  He performs all over the country and has sold out Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall.  Additionally, Craig has three widely acclaimed stand-up comedy specials: A Wee Bit o’ Revolution which premiered on Comedy Central, Does This Need To Be Said, and I’m Here To Help.
Tickets: $89, $59 or $49, depending on location

Friday, February 6, 8:00pm
Since the early eighties, 1964 has been thrilling audiences around the globe by taking them on a journey through a quintessential period in music history. Over 20 years of researching and performing have made them masters of their craft. Today they are hailed by critics and fans alike as THE most authentic and endearing Beatles tribute, earning them the distinction from Rolling Stone magazine of the “Best Beatles Tribute on Earth.”
Tickets: $42.50 for the orchestra pit; $27.50, $24.50 or $18.50
Thursday, February 19, 8:00pm
Presented with Well-Spring Retirement Community
The letter sweaters may only make a brief appearance at each Lettermen performance, but The Lettermen harmony is non-stop! Eighteen Gold Albums worldwide and scores of top singles attest to a popularity that has endured through several generations. Lending that well-known harmony to every arrangement, they have proven that love ballads have an appeal that knows no boundary and will continue to stand the test of time for years to come.
Tickets: $47.50 for the orchestra pit; $27.50 adults, $25.50 students, seniors or military

Wednesday, February 25, 8:00pm
Together with Bob Marley, The Wailers have sold more than 250 million albums worldwide. In England alone, they’ve notched up over twenty chart hits, including seven Top 10 entries. Outside of their groundbreaking work with Marley, The Wailers have also played or performed with international acts like Sting, The Fugees, Stevie Wonder, Carlos Santana, and Alpha Blondy, as well as reggae legends Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, and Burning Spear. As the greatest living exponents of Jamaica’s reggae tradition, The Wailers have completed innumerable tours, playing to an estimated 24 million people across the globe.

Formed in the early ‘90s by singer-guitarist Michael Glabicki, Rusted Root’s worldly style quickly charmed fans of roots and world music. With a strong percussion section that draws from African, Latin American, and Native American influences, their lyrical content also draws from Christian, Jewish and Islamic influences. They’ve released seven albums and sold over 3 million records worldwide.
Tickets: $54.50 for the orchestra pit; $39.50, $34.50 or $22.50

Friday, March 6, 8:00pm
Presented with Bernard Robinson & Co
Experience the hits of the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s the way you first heard them! Former stars of mega-hit acts Frankie Valli & The 4 Seasons, Tommy James & The Shondells, The Critters, Carly Simon, Jim Croce, Cat Stevens, Barry Manilow, Elton John & Kiki Dee take the Carolina Theatre stage March 6th. These are the guys who made and played the hits that make up the soundtrack of your life.
Tickets: $47.50 for the orchestra pit; $37.50, $32.50 or $24.50

Sunday, March 15, 7:00pm
This incredible live show celebrates both the rich history of Ireland as well as the art of Irish dance, from the disciplined tradition of the Celtic Step, to the sensual moves of the Sean Nos dance, rooted solely in the ancient island of Innishbofin near Galway. “Rhythm of the Dance” has heralded a new era in Irish entertainment, featuring thirty dancers, a traditional live full Irish band, and the dashing and handsome Young Irish Tenors.
Tickets: $42.50 for the orchestra pit, $29.50 adults or $22.50 under 18

Thursday, March 19, 8:00pm
Hailing from San Angelo, Texas, Los Lonely Boys are a sibling trio whose music draws equally from rock, blues, Tex-Mex, conjunto, and tejano. Such a combination is shaped by the band's three brothers: guitarist Henry Garza, bassist JoJo Garza, and drummer Ringo Garza, Jr. They recorded their debut album, 2003's Los Lonely Boys, at Willie Nelson's Pedernales studio in Austin with Nelson sitting in. Epic Records then picked the album up for major-label distribution in March 2004, resulting in a high chart placement for the album's lead single, "Heaven," as well as a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance the following year.
Tickets: $29.50, $24.50 or $17.50
Monday, April 13, 8:00pm
Neutral Milk Hotel featuring Jeff Mangum, Scott Spillane, Julian Koster, and Jeremy Barnes with special opener, the Dot Wiggin Band. (This concert is sold out.)
Tickets: $33

Friday, April 17, 8:00pm
Famously crowned The New Queen of Bluegrass and the most decorated artist in that genre, Vincent's music incorporates savvy contemporary touches while drawing deeply from the authentic traditions of classic bluegrass, with a flawless band that can execute break-neck instrumentals to heart-wrenching ballads. With over 80 awards to their name, Rhonda Vincent and The Rage are the most celebrated band in bluegrass!
Tickets: $37.50 for premium orchestra pit seating; $24.50 for adults, $22.50 for students, seniors & military, or $20.50 for groups of 10 or more

PAULA POUNDSTONE: Command Performance 2015
Thursday, April 23, 8:00pm; Gala Dinner at 5:00pm
Presented with support from 88.5 WFDD
Twenty-five years ago, Paula Poundstone climbed onto a Greyhound bus and traveled across the country, stopping in at open mic nights at comedy clubs as she went.  A high school drop-out, she went on to become one of the great humorists of our time. You can hear her through your laughter as a regular panelist on NPR’s popular rascal of a weekly news quiz show, Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me.  She tours regularly, performing standup comedy across the country, causing Bob Zany with the Boston Globe to write: “Poundstone can regale an audience for several hours with her distinctive brand of wry, intelligent and witty comedy.” 
Tickets: $35 or $25 for show-only tickets; Command Performance Gala Dinner tickets are $250 per person, and include dinner, open bar and show

*These shows have just been announced and are on sale now.

A $2.50 theatre facility fee will be added to each ticket. Prices include applicable NC sales tax.
Tickets are available are available at the Carolina Theatre Box Office located at
310 S. Greene Street, by phone at 336.333.2605, online at, and prior to show.

 Major financial support for the Carolina Theatre provided by ArtsGreensboro."

- A Press Release

Attempted Robbery from Person

"Greensboro, NC (December 19, 2014) -- At 12:02 a.m. on 12.19.2014—Police responded to Moses Cone Hospital in reference to a shooting.  Two victims had arrived by private vehicle after one victim had been shot in the parking lot of 2303 Phillips Avenue.  The suspect was described as a black-male brandishing a handgun and demanding money.  During the encounter, the suspect discharged the firearm and the round struck one of the victims in the leg.  The suspect then fled the area on foot.
The investigation is ongoing.
The name and address of victims are being withheld temporarily.
Authority: Lt. D. J. Davis, Watch Commander
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 336-373-1000."

- A Police Report

Share your strengths with others: Volunteer tutor training opportunity

"Reading Connections, the largest community-based adult literacy agency in NC, provides free literacy services to adults in Guilford County who wish to improve their basic reading skills through trained volunteers working as one-to-one tutors and small group instructors. Free training will be offered in January for those who wish to become volunteer tutors.

Orientation Session: Tuesday, January 13 from 10am-12 noon
Training Session 1:  Tuesday, January 20 from 9am-12 noon
Training Session 2: Thursday, January 22 from 9am-12 noon

All sessions will be held in Greensboro at the Self Help Building located at 122 North Elm Street. 

The training will include an introduction to the agency, requirements for becoming a tutor or instructor, the four components of reading, working with different learning styles, lesson planning, and much more!
Around 1 in 5 adults in Guilford County – about 75,000 individuals – lack the basic skills to fill out a job application or read a children’s book. Another 25% cannot read at a high school level. Adults with low literacy are more likely to be unemployed and to live in poverty. Reading Connections provides programs focused on basic reading and writing, math, GED preparation, essential employment readiness skills, basic computer use, family literacy, and English skills for speakers of other languages.

Last year, more than 800 students were served by Reading Connections, but the need remains critical. Currently in Guilford County, there are more than 30 people waiting for a tutor.  Please consider sharing your strengths with Reading Connections and volunteer. Volunteers can be matched with students individually or in small groups.                                                                  

To register for training or for more information, call Lydia Davis at 336-230-2223, or e-mail"

- A Press Release

NewBridge Bank Names James Boccardo Senior Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager

"Greensboro, N.C., December 19, 2014 –. NewBridge Bank is pleased to announce the addition of James Boccardo as Senior Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager in Greenville, SC.  Boccardo, an experienced banking professional, is based at NewBridge Bank's office located at 220 North Main Street, Suite 500, reporting to Mike McMahan, Director of Middle-Market Banking Group and Treasury Services, and Executive Vice President.

Boccardo has over 11 years of banking experience primarily related to C&I and capital markets.  In his new role he will execute loan relationships and portfolio management across the platform, delivering banking financial solutions and services to growing companies and institutions the NewBridge Bank way.

Boccardo is a native of Rochester, NY and resides in Greenville, SC.  He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor of science degree in computer science.   Boccardo volunteers at a mentoring program at Legacy Charter School and has been an active member of the Greenville Rotaract Club as well as his church in Greenville.

“James’ experience in C&I and capital markets, and extensive knowledge of the local market will help expand our commercial banking presence and relationships in the Carolinas,” said Mike McMahan, Executive Vice President and Director of Middle-Market Banking Group and Treasury Services for NewBridge Bank. “We are thrilled to have a banking professional of James’ character and experience join the NewBridge Bank team.”

About NewBridge Bank

NewBridge Bank is a full-service, state-chartered community bank headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina. As one of the largest community banks in the state, NewBridge Bank serves small to midsize businesses, professionals and consumers with a comprehensive array of financial services, including retail and commercial banking, private banking, wealth management and mortgage banking. NewBridge Bank currently has assets of approximately $2.4 billion with 40 branches and several loan production offices throughout North and South Carolina. The stock of NewBridge Bancorp, the Bank’s parent company, trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “NBBC.”"

- A Press Release

Board of Education Swears In New Member Christopher Gillespie fills District I vacancy

"Greensboro, N.C. – The Guilford County Board of Education officially has a new member. Thursday’s board meeting started off with the honorable Judge Stuart Albright swearing in Christopher E. Gillespie as the new District 1 representative.

The board selected Gillespie out of a pool of six candidates who applied to fill the vacancy left by J. Carlvena Foster, who was elected to the Guilford County Board of Commissioners in November.

Gillespie serves as the executive director of West End Ministries in High Point and an instructor of nonprofit management at Forsyth Technical Community College. He is an active member of the High Point community and has been an employee of Guilford County Schools as a teacher, a director of an afterschool-care program and a tutor.
He also holds a master’s degree in nonprofit management from High Point University and a bachelor’s degree in public relations from North Carolina A&T State University.

Gillespie will serve the remainder of Foster’s term, which expires in Dec. 2016.

About Guilford County Schools
Guilford County Schools, the third largest school district in North Carolina, serves nearly 72,200 K-12 students at 127 schools. With approximately 10,000 employees, the district’s mission is to graduate responsible citizens who are prepared to succeed in higher education or the career of their choice. Guilford County Schools is a national leader in providing specialized schools and instructional programs designed to meet the educational needs of a culturally diverse citizenship. For more information, visit the district’s website at"

- A Press Release

Disabled Vehicle Causes Accidents on Interstate

            "GREENSBORO, NC (Dec. 19, 2014) – A vehicle that unexpectedly lost power while travelling westbound on I-40 this morning caused two separate collisions that sent three people to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.
            The PT Cruiser was in the center of seven lanes of traffic approaching exit 211 a few minutes before 8 am when it became disabled. The operator was unable to get the stalled vehicle out of the roadway. Several vehicles following the PT Cruiser were able to avoid striking the burgundy car, but the driver of a Ford Fusion was unable to safely to circumvent the vehicle. The passenger’s side of the Fusion glanced off the driver’s side rear bumper of the Cruiser.
            As the operator of the Cruiser was calling GM 911 to report the incident, a second vehicle, a Jeep, struck the Cruiser, flipped on its roof, slid across three lanes of traffic and righted itself facing eastbound in far left lane of westbound traffic.
            The driver and occupant of the Jeep were transported by EMS to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. The driver, and only occupant, of the PT Cruiser was transported to hospital after complaining of neck and back pain. The driver of the Fusion did not report any injuries.
            No moving violations were issued to any of the drivers involved in the collisions.

            The incident closed four westbound lanes of I-40 between the exit ramp for Galllimore Dairy Road and the overpass of Gallimore Dairy Road for approximately an hour and 15 minutes as crews from the Department of Transportation removed debris from the roadway."

- A Press Release

SECCA Bids Farewell to Innovative Executive Director

"Mark Leach, executive director of the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) since 2008, will be stepping down from his position at the end of the year. Over his 7-year tenure, Leach led SECCA through an important transitional period that secured its spot as an international contributor in the contemporary art world, and has become an important strategic partner to the Winston-Salem community and North Carolina's colleges and universities.

"Mark has been a valued colleague in shepherding SECCA through a multifaceted transition to a sustainable future," says Lawrence J. Wheeler, director of the North Carolina Museum of Art. "Improvements in the physical campus and innovations in exhibitions, programs, and education are admired throughout the community and across North Carolina."

As executive director, Leach provided creative leadership and artistic vision, insuring that the museum's exhibits and programs advance SECCA's mission to bridge art, technology and engagement to enhance perspectives, inspire community and ignite new ideas. In order to replenish the art center's ailing infrastructure, Leach led a $1.8m State appropriated renovation of the art center, including critical systems, interior exhibit spaces and exterior campus, secured the funding for and led the art center's highly successful Pentagram-designed identity transformation and led a campaign to raise $250,000 to transform the McChesney Scott Dunn Auditorium into a state-of-the-art interactive environment. Because public engagement is a strategic cornerstone, he oversaw a $100,000 effort to develop SECCA's new high-tech Education and Exploration Overlook Gallery. 
Strategic partnerships envisioned by Leach positioned SECCA as a North Carolina cultural resource. 

Last year, he forged strategic alliances with North Carolina colleges and universities, businesses and North Carolina AIGA chapters to leverage the art center's exhibit Graphic Design: Now In Production's themes and learning resources for education and audience development objectives. Closer to home, Leach coordinated with the art center's staff, UNCSA faculty, administration and public radio station WFDD's personnel to launch Artist's Studio, a serialized partnership designed to showcase and explore the creative process. Artist's Studio premiered September 21, 2014 in the McChesney Scott Dunn Auditorium.

"I want to commend Mark for all the great things he accomplished as head of SECCA for the last seven years," said F. Borden Hanes Jr., former trustee and president of the SECCA Board. "He leaves this important community cultural asset a better place. SECCA is certainly positioned to move forward positively in the future."

Since Leach became the executive director, SECCA has undergone a visible transformation during a period of renovations and rebuilding, much of it during a challenging economic recession. In addition to the physical challenges that Leach encountered, he inspired his staff to reinvigorate the education and exhibitions programs at SECCA with great success.

"We will miss Mark's expertise leading SECCA," said Susan Kluttz, secretary of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. "He has been such an asset to DCR and I applaud his accomplishments."
During his time at SECCA, Leach also volunteered in the Winston-Salem community. He gave of his time as a mentor to the Winston-Salem Chamber's Graduate it Pays program at North Forsyth High School; he has contributed art works he created to such causes as Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center's Winterlark annual cancer fundraiser and to Forsyth County's Senior Services Meals-on-Wheels annual campaign. He has also been a member of Stratford Rotary and participated in its annual volunteer Christmas program at Kimberly Park Elementary School.

"During my seven-year tenure as Executive Director, I've had the privilege of recruiting and working alongside many talented professionals as well as a host of supportive SECCA Foundation board members," said Leach. "Together and with the support of our community and citizens across North Carolina, we've realized many successes, not the least of which is a revitalized and steadily improving campus infrastructure.  It is there that our journey begins. Our talented staff have assembled some of the art center's most vital, innovative and memorable exhibits ever organized here.  SECCA is now well-positioned to begin its next exciting chapter."

During his previous 17-year tenure at the Mint Museums, Leach was the Founding Director of the Mint Museum of Craft & Design. There he also held the post of Chief Curator. He is a graduate of the Getty Leadership Institute for Museum Management. Leach received a B.A. in studio ceramics from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and graduated from Harvard University Graduate School of Education with an Ed.M. degree, specializing in 20th century art and nonprofit administration. To his credit are numerous published texts, including Inside Out: Contemporary Japanese Photography, published by the Light Factory Photographic Arts Center and distributed by RAM USA; Leach also contributed to Moulthrop: A Legacy in Wood, published by Crescent Hill Books.  Also to his credit are Michael Lucero: Sculpture 1976-1995, co-published by Hudson Hills Press, New York and the Mint Museum of Art. In May 2000; Harry N. Abrams Inc. and the Mint Museum of Craft + Design co-published and released Turning Wood into Art: The Jane and Arthur Mason Collection, for which Leach served as curator and editor. Leach has authored texts for such publications as the American Alliance of Museums' Excellence and Equity Newsletter, the Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society as well as numerous magazine articles for Metalsmith Magazine, American Ceramics and FIBERARTS Magazine.

"Mark's strength in getting the public to understand the arts and the importance of SECCA was highlighted during the year that SECCA was closed for renovations," said Milton Rhodes, former president and CEO of the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. "He reached out to the educational and arts communities to partner on collaborative projects that highlighted SECCA and raised its awareness throughout Winston-Salem. Mark cleverly brought people on site by hosting concerts, distinct shows, unique gallery exhibits, book signings and events that made SECCA a gathering place. An added challenge was that much of this happened during the recession, but Mark always had a positive attitude and we relied on his wisdom.  And it worked.  I think he is a terrific guy and a real pro."

The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, N.C. seeks to enhance perspectives, inspire community and ignite new ideas at the intersection of art and its visitors. Located at 750 Marguerite Drive, the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday. For hours, please visit SECCA is an affiliate of the North Carolina Museum of Art, a division of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. SECCA receives operational funding from The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. Additional funding is provided by the James G. Hanes Memorial Fund.

About the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state's cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDCR's mission is improve our state's quality of life by creating opportunities that promote economic development, stimulate learning, preserve the state's history and spark creativity to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella.

Through arts efforts led by the N.C. Arts Council, the N.C. Symphony and the N.C. Museum of Art, NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and spurring the economic stimulus engine for our state's communities. NCDCR's Divisions of State Archives, Historical Resources, State Historic Sites and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina's rich cultural heritage to offer experiences of learning and reflection. NCDCR's State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state to develop and to offer access to educational resources through traditional and online collections including genealogy and resources for people who are blind and have physical disabilities.  
NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation's first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council and the State Archives. NCDCR champions our state's creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit"

- A Press Release

GTCC celebrates 30 years of small business support

JAMESTOWN, N.C. – The Small Business Center Network of the North Carolina Community College System is celebrating 30 years of providing support and assistance to small businesses and start-ups across North Carolina. Small Business Centers (SBCs) are located at each of the state’s 58 community colleges, providing confidential business counseling and seminars to small business owners and entrepreneurs.
Created in1984 when the North Carolina General Assembly funded 14 SBCs, the Small Business Center Network (SBCN) had expanded to include at least one SBC at each community college by 1995. Each year, the centers assist in starting an average of 650 businesses and help create and retain more than 3,000 jobs.
Today, with more than 60 sites, the Small Business Center Network is known as the most expansive state-funded technical small business assistance program in the United States with locations within a 30-minute drive of almost every North Carolinian. 
“The GTCC Small Business Center is just one example of the many ways that the college is meeting business needs in the community,” said GTCC President Dr. Randy Parker. “The SBC plays an important role in providing entrepreneurs with the best resources to start their business in Guilford County, which leads to new job creation and a positive impact on the county’s economic growth.”  
The mission of the Small Business Centers is to increase the success rate and number of viable small businesses in North Carolina by providing high quality, readily accessible assistance to prospective and existing small business owners, with the goal of job creation and retention.

Over the last year, the GTCC SBC has:
  • Cultivated 33 new businesses
  • Created 50 new jobs
  • Retained 115 jobs
  • And trained 2,037 entrepreneurs and business owners through SBC seminars.
Guilford County has a storied history of entrepreneurial activity,” said Mark Hagenbuch, director of the GTCC Small Business Center. “For the past 30 years, the GTCC Small Business Center has been an active advocate, champion and resource for local entrepreneurs and small business owners.  Through our pragmatic training programs and confidential counseling, the SBC has supported increased economic development in Guilford County.” 
One organization that has benefitted from the GTCC SBC is the Greensboro Community Development Fund (GCDF), a nonprofit that provides debt financing to minority- or female-owned businesses in the Greensboro area. In 2013, the GTCC SBC collaborated with GCDF and the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce to create the Business Readiness Certificate program, a series designed to teach best practices to new businesses and companies.
“Working with the Small Business Center has been priceless,” said Jerome Gray, executive director of the Greensboro Community Development Fund. “They were excited to help the Greensboro Community Development Fund expound upon the concept and collaborate with the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce to make it happen. Without the GTCC SBC, I wouldn’t have a way to register participants online, market the program, create a central location to meet and be able to measure impact. It was a win-win for everyone involved.”
The GTCC SBC operates offices at two locations: the High Point Chamber of Commerce, 1634 N. Main St., High Point; and The Nussbaum Center, 1451 S. Elm Eugene St., Suite 1201, Greensboro.
For more information, visit or call (336) 334-4822 ext. 62001 or email

Guilford Technical Community College is the third largest of 58 institutions in the NC Community College System. GTCC serves approximately 45,000 students annually from four major campuses and three specialized centers. Learn more at"

- A Press Release