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Scene And Heard: Kirby Center Concerts

March 22, 2018 GMT

The first time I ever heard of Kenny Rogers was when a childhood friend of mine, Jillian Jacqueline, performed in his Christmas show, “Christmas from the Heart.”

Little did I know when she got the lead role, she was starring across a legendary country-pop singer.

Now that singer brings his “Final World Tour: The Gambler’s Last Deal” to the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre, on Thursday, May 31.

Grammy Award-winning superstar and Country Music Hall of Fame member Rogers enjoyed great success over his career that has spanned nearly six decades. He captivates people with his songs, heartfelt performances and gift for storytelling.

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In other concert news, progressive rock band Kansas returns to the region on Friday, Nov. 23, but for this show they’re also at the Public Square venue.

The band, named for its founding members’ home state, got its claim to fame most notably from the fourth studio album, “Leftoverture,” which produced a hit single, “Carry On Wayward Son,” followed by single “Dust In The Wind,” from the follow-up album, “Point of No Return.”

Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday, March 23, at 10 a.m., and can be purchased at the Kirby Center box office, by calling 570-826-1100 or going online to kirbycenter.org. Kirby members can purchase tickets for both Rogers and Kansas now.

Rogers tickets start at $55, while Kansas tickets start at $49.50, plus applicable fees for each.

That’s what I’ve “scene” this week. If you have story ideas, don’t be afraid to reach out! Email me at cjacobson@citizensvoice.com, give me a call at 570-821-2061 or hit me up on Twitter, @CVcljacobson.