The Walker Center announces its 2016-2017 season lineup

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WILKESBORO — The Walker Center has announced its 2016-2017 season lineup.

Kellie Pickler kicks off the new season on Sept. 16, singing her hits, including “Red High Heels,” “Small Town Girl,” “100 Proof,” “I Wonder,” “Things that Never Cross a Man’s Mind,” “Don’t You Know You’re Beautiful,” “Didn’t You Know How Much I Loved You” and “Best Days of Your Life.” In 2005, Kellie was selected for “American Idol” and headed to Hollywood. While she finished sixth in the contest, Kellie won the hearts of country music fans worldwide. Kellie gained many more fans when she and her partner, Derek Hough, wowed the judges on season 16 of “Dancing with the Stars.” She and Hough won the competition! This performance is sponsored by Hardee’s.

On Oct. 28, the Walker Center welcomes Ernie Haase & Signature Sound with J. Mark McVey. They will present their “Inspirations of Broadway” project. From its formation in 2003, Ernie Haase has built Signature Sound into one of the most popular and beloved quartets in all of Southern Gospel music. The group has traveled all over the world, offering energy, excitement and encouragement through its powerful brand of gospel music. Les Misérables Broadway legend J. Mark McVey joins the gospel quartet for this special project. This performance is sponsored by Great State Bank.

Welcome the holiday season at the Walker Center with “Christmas with The Celts” on Dec. 2. This presentation is described as “ancient meets modern” and includes unforgettable, heart-stirring Irish and Scottish Christmas carols. They go back as far as the 12th century and are combined with modern drum loops, synthesizer work and vocal pop sensibilities of today along with carols that everyone knows with Celtic instrumentation. “Christmas with The Celts” is a perfect blend of the old and new but with a very earthy, warm fireside feel. This performance is sponsored by Hampton Inn of Wilkesboro, Holiday Inn Express of Wilkesboro and

The Walker Center presents the legendary country duo The Bellamy Brothers on March 10, 2017. For 40 years, the Bellamy Brothers have been crafting honest, heartfelt songs that connect with millions of listeners around the world. Even more remarkable is the fact that they’ve remained relevant in a genre that has become increasingly enamored with style over substance, glitz over grit, and fleeting celebrity over artistic vision. Yet Howard and David Bellamy have weathered the trends admirably, enjoying enormous success throughout their career with numerous No. 1 hits on both the pop and country charts. This performance is sponsored by Carolina West Wireless.

Taylor Hicks makes a stop at the Walker Center on April 6, 2017. Hicks is one of the most beloved and popular “American Idol” winners of all time. From the start, Hicks’ material on the mega-hit show set him apart, with a unique take on Southern soul, R&B, country and blues. His fans cast 64 million votes, and nearly 37 million American viewers and more than 200 million viewers worldwide tuned in to crown Hicks the Season 5 winner of “American Idol.” Less than three weeks later, his debut single, “Do I Make You Proud,” entered at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100, Pop 100, and Single Sales Charts. This performance is sponsored by Wells Fargo.

The Annie Moses Band returns to the Walker Center on May 19, 2017, by popular demand, presenting “The Art of the Love Song.” The Annie Moses Band has been inspiring and entertaining audiences for over a decade, bringing its distinctive style of music across the nation and around the world. A captivating blend of folk and classical, the Annie Moses Band is a talented ensemble of songwriters, singers and musicians, combining technical skill with exhilarating showmanship. “The Art of the Love Song” blends an accessible classical aesthetic with flavors of retro strings, gypsy-jazz violin and beautiful arrangements of classic popular American love songs. This performance is sponsored by Carolina West Wireless.

For more information about the Walker Center’s 2016-2017 season or to renew season tickets, contact the Walker Center Box Office at 336-838-6260 or Visit the Walker Center online at

The John A. Walker Community Center is dedicated to being the primary venue for cultural experience in Wilkes and surrounding areas and to serving as a primary gathering place for meetings, receptions, conventions, banquets and parties.

The Walker Center and Wilkes Community College are 100% Tobacco Free.

Wilkes Community College, a member of the North Carolina Community College System, is a public, two-year, open-door institution serving the people of Wilkes, Ashe and Alleghany counties and beyond. Established in 1965, WCC continues to build on a strong history of meeting the educational needs and cultural interests of our students, community and workforce. WCC prepares learners for success in a dynamic world.

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