When Gail Robinson Butler booked shows for the Clemens Fine Arts Center, she knew she wanted a variety of acts to appease her wide audience.
“We don’t just have to worry about students and what they like to see,” said Butler, the center’s director. “People from all over the county, and even farther away, come to see the shows we put on.”
West Kentucky Community & Technical College announced the 2011-12 schedule for the Clemens Fine Arts Center this week, a lineup that touches nearly every genre.
“The college has five different series to choose from,” Butler said. “And not only that, but we have so many different kinds of shows this year. It really is a fantastic lineup that I am proud of.”
On the concert front, WKCTC has booked Thompson Square, a husband and wife duo that has risen to fame recently with the single “Are You Going to Kiss Me Or Not.” The concert, which is set for Sept. 28, will be followed by another country act in singer Sunny Sweeney on Jan. 12.
“We really concentrate on getting acts that are up and coming, people with star power who are taking off,” Butler said. “Last year, I think we did a really great job with The Band Perry. This year, both Sunny Sweeney and Thompson Square match that.”
WKCTC’s Arts in Focus series, which features five shows, was chosen from a variety of genres. The collection starts Oct. 8 with “Ballroom with a Twist,” a dance show featuring two “American Idol” finalists along with dancers from different television shows and movies.
The Terry Mike Jeffrey Band performs its show, “The Songs of Elvis,” on Nov. 5, and the new year brings performances by The Official Blues Brothers Revue, magician and illusionist Jason Bishop, and the WKCTC performance of “Dead Man’s Cell Phone.”
For the college’s Keynote Series, which brings speakers to campus, Butler and her team scheduled Chef Jeff, who will be promoting his new book, “Cooked,” and Kentucky native Silas House, who will read from his book “Eli the Good.”
The schedule also includes the Backstage Pass series, which brings in acoustic acts to play in a more intimate setting. The Clemens Gallery, which is inside the Clemens Fine Arts Center, is also booked with six exhibits.
“We have established ourselves,” Butler said. “We have relationships within the business that let us get these great acts.”