Northeast Mississippi Community College’s Campus Country will give their fans something better to do during its final Showtime of the 2016-17 academic year.
Scheduled for Thursday, April 13, Campus Country’s final concert of the year will give fans an extra 30 minutes of music than a typical Showtime.
Entitled “Nothin’ Better to Do,” Northeast’s Campus Country will kick off the Thursday, April 13 Showtime with an acoustic pre-show at 6:15 p.m.
“A former vocalist had the idea a few years ago to do an acoustic ‘pre-show’ before the final Showtime to give departing members one last chance to showcase their talents for their fans, friends, and family,” said Northeast Campus Country director Chris Dunn. “The songs they pick to perform are of their own choosing and are rehearsed on their own time. It’s been a really fun tradition for the past few years.”
Curtain rises on the final Showtime performance of the year at 7 p.m. with doors opening early at 6 p.m. for the acoustic pre-show at 6:15 p.m. Admission is free to Northeast faculty, staff and student with a current college identification card and is only $5 for the public.
While the April 13 Showtime might be the final performance of the 2016-17 performance season, Campus Country does not want fans to leave thinking there is nothing better to do and offers a 23-song setlist for the Showtime in addition to the 30-minute acoustic pre-show.
“We always like to throw in some surprises on our setlist,” said Dunn.
One of the surprises to the setlist is to open with a song by Star, Mississippi native Faith Hill as Booneville’s Emily Elliott gets the honor of performing Hill’s “Mississippi Girl” to get the Showtime rolling.
Another surprise to the Showtime roster will be Shirley Taylor, the original director of Campus Country, making her first appearance on the Seth Pounds stage since the mid-90s, who will join the group for the final two songs of the Showtime performance.
After a Mississippi welcome to the final Showtime of the year, Campus Country will stay with the country theme as Iuka’s Mary Steadman performs Terri Clark’s “Girls Lie Too.”
Belmont’s Molly Thorn keeps the tempo upbeat with Colbie Caillat’s “Bubbly” while Tupelo’s Vanna Loveless leaves the country genre for the classic Kenny Loggins’ hit “Footloose,” just four songs into the Showtime.
Following a four female vocalists opening, Marietta’s Chance Stanley gets his chance on the microphone for Steve Earle’s “Copperhead Road,” and Rienzi’s Colby Crenshaw continues with the Chris Stapleton hit, “Fire Away.”
Stapleton has become a fixture on Campus Country Showtime setlists and has appeared on four of the last six setlists and counting his wife Morgan’s appearance on the first Showtime of the 2016-17 academic year, Stapleton has been on five of six Showtimes since he reached country music stardom with a sweep of the Country Music Awards in 2015.
Campus Country will stay in the country music genre before Saltillo’s Lane Boozer leads the group through the other musical genres with James Bay’s “Collide.”
Before leaving the country music genre, Steadman returns to the stage for Little Big Town’s “Little White Church,” while Walnut’s Ashlyn Inman takes on Miranda Lambert’s “Tin Man.”
Following Boozer’s performance of “Collide,” Loveless leads listeners into the Showtime’s title piece LeAnn Rimes’ “Nothin’ Better to Do,” halfway through the 23-song setlist.
Campus Country shows off its talents by switching back and forth between genres with Thorn tackling Keith Urban’s hit, “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” while Boozer and Inman tag team The Civil Wars’ “Barton Hollow.”
Inman stays on stage for a second song as she swaps from the country genre into the rock genre as Campus Country shows off its range with Led Zeppelin’s “Black Dog,” to mark the true midway through the final Showtime of the year.
Working back and forth between genres and ranges, Steadman will slow the tempo down from “Black Dog,” with Kari Jobe’s “I Am Not Alone,” while Loveless reaches in the Christian music genre with Shane & Shane’s “Though You Slay Me.”
Campus Country makes sure the audience cannot leave their seats during the final eight songs of the academic year as Boozer, Crenshaw, and Elliott take to The Eagles’ “Hotel California.”
After taking to the “Hotel California,” rock anthem, Loveless and Crenshaw tackle Lady Antebellum’s “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore,” while Stanley drifts back in time to the mid-1990s with Chris Knight’s “Framed.”
In a harmonic trio, Elliott, Steadman, and Thorn perform Runaway June’s debut single “Lipstick,” before handing the microphone over to electric guitarist Dillion Keith of Waynesboro, Tennessee for Edwin McCain’s “Don’t Bring Me Down,” from McCain’s Honor Among Thieves album.
Campus Country will shift through three different genres in the final trio of songs of the Showtime as Crenshaw performs John Mayer’s “Gravity,” and Elliott takes on the Patty Griffin ballad “Up on the Mountain,” which Griffin wrote to honor slain Civil Rights Leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Northeast will end its 2016-17 performance season with Adele’s “One and Only,” as Boozer gets the honor of ending the final Showtime of the year.
Campus Country will be joined on stage by Kristin White of Saltillo (trumpet) and Trevor Shoup of Ripley (trombone) for the final 4 songs of the Showtime.
Members of 2016-17 NEMCC Campus Country include Lane Boozer of Saltillo (vocals), Adam Chabot of Waynesboro, Tenn. (bass), Colby Crenshaw of Rienzi (vocals/keys), Emily Elliott of Booneville (vocals), Drew Henry of Belmont (electric guitar), Ashlyn Inman of Walnut (vocals), Andrew Hill of Saltillo (electric guitar/sax), Dillon Keith of Waynesboro, Tenn. (electric guitar/vocals), Vanna Loveless of Tupelo (vocals), Ethan Mayo of Pinson, Tenn., (drums), T.K. McKinney of Amory (sound), Chance Stanley of Marietta (vocals), Mary Steadman of Iuka (vocals), Billy Stone of Booneville (acoustic guitar) and Molly Thorn of Belmont (vocals).
Northeast Campus Country is under the direction of Chris Dunn of Booneville.
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