The Survivor's Guide to Opening Nights

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Smokey Robinson

With so many amazing performances at Florida State University’s Opening Nights, most of us have at one point forgotten to purchase tickets on time and missed the experience of a lifetime. This season, don’t let that be you! Keep reading for more information on the incredible acts, performance dates, and how to get those tickets you’ve been dreaming about.

From late January to mid February, Opening Nights has shows back-to-back. This can be hard to keep up with, so here is what you need to know:

Sold Out Shows

Many people have come up to me saying they are so disappointed they didn’t get Smokey Robinson tickets. He is not sold out! Tickets for both nights are still available. It's good to be wrong sometimes, right?! 

With that said, yes, Lily Tomlin is sold out - however, sponsors or members can contact us to be placed on the waiting list—or if you can’t make the show, please call us and we will put you in touch with someone who wants to buy your tickets.

Get Your Laughs

On January 24th, we have the comedic master of self-deprecation, famous podcast host and the rising king of TV satire, Marc Maronbest known for his podcast WTF with Marc Maron. He has interviewed icons from all over the nation from his home garage, including President Obama. He created and stars in the IFC’s critically acclaimed show, Maron. If you are a fan of CK Louis, you will find Maron style truly alluring. To get a first hand feel for his style, his show is available for streaming on Netflix.

Tallahassee local, Austin Mann, will be the opener. FSU Student tickets now available online for $15 for Marc’s performance tonight:

Sing Your Heart Out

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If you record the television show Sing-Off or inject Pitch Perfect quotes into everyday conversion, you need to stop reading this and go buy Vocalosity tickets for February 6th. Vocalosity features 12 of the most talented and energetic singers in the world of a cappella and their main focus is this tour. They rehearse daily to perfect the hardest dances moves and hit the highest notes, making them the best of the best.

We are adding some younger local flair with Leon High School’s pop a capella group, Mane Event, who will be performing as the opening act.

Another local talent coming to the Opening Nights stage is the Sarah Mac Band opening for Amy Helm and The Handsome Strangers on February 3rd at Tallahassee Community College. Amy, daughter of musician Levon Helm, mixes her New York blues vocals seamlessly with the sound of southern Bluegrass.

Fall in Love with the Classics

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Twyla Tharp Dance Company

On February 9th, the Twyla Tharp Dance Company twirls its way into Ruby Diamond for their 50th Anniversary tour. One of Director Choice performances, this unique and thought-provoking act will be a truly unforgettable experience. Touring worldwide and throughout the year, this will be the company’s first time in Tallahassee. In addition to choreographing more than a hundred pieces for Broadway, dance, and ballets; Twyla’s work has appeared in some of our favorite musical films including Hair, Ragtime and Amadeus

When Lang Lang is not selling out stadiums in China or acting as New York’s first Cultural tourism ambassador, he is busy rehearsing to perform with groups like Metallica and 2Cellos to bring the classics to the masses. He was even featured in the Beijing Opening Ceremony for the 2008 Summer Olympics! Lang Lang is a truly dynamic performer even without the glitz and the glam. Come see him on February 15th and have a new favorite performer in your life.

See the Whole Schedule

We have Richard Thompson, Chris Bottiand Wayne Shorter plus many more joining us this season. Check out the full lineup here.