There’s another great week of entertainment on tap as early November sees American Idol winner Phillip Phillips, the Dancing Pros Live and the Fall International Film Festival all come to the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center.
Phillips first began creating music when he was 14 years old in his native town of Leesburg, Georgia. Teaching himself to play the guitar, Phillips soon formed an acoustic band with his sister and brother-in-law and started to develop his vocals, going on to win first place in the local singing competition, Albany Star, in 2010.
Encouragement from family and friends soon helped Phillips break out of his shell and he took a break from working in his family’s pawn shop to audition for “American Idol” in the summer of 2011. His time on the show didn’t come without its challenges, however. Suffering from a congenital kidney condition, Phillips underwent eight surgeries during his time on the show.
After winning “American Idol,” Phillips released “Home,” a 5x platinum hit which featured his guitar skills and raspy vocals. More hit albums and singles followed. Recently, Phillips has toured the country with the American Idol Live tour and has been on tours with O.A.R., Matchbox Twenty and John Mayer. Now fresh off his headlining tour, Phillips is bringing his soulful brand of rock and roll to arenas and venues around the country.
Taking this journey with Phillips will be Saints of Valory, a diverse group represented by three different continents – South America, Asia, and North America.
For the first time together on stage, audiences can see professional dancers from “Dancing with the Stars,” “So You Think You Can Dance” and dance champions from around the world compete with one another for the top prize when Dancing Pros Live comes to the Keith Albee Performing Arts Center, Thursday, Nov. 6th at 7:30 p.m.
This dazzling dance competition will be hosted by Alan Thicke, Golden Globe nominee and star of the TV show “Growing Pains.” Guest stars including Edyta Sliwinska and Chelsie Hightower from “Dancing with the Stars,” Ryan Di Lello, from “So You Think You Can Dance,” and some of the best dancers from around the world, who will battle it out on stage with the audience as their judge.
Sliwinksa, who has appeared on every season of “Dancing with the Stars,” and actor and dancer Oscar Orosco will judge the star competitors. Hightower and Di Lello, as well as vocalists Joanna Pacitti, from “American Idol” season 8, and Angel Taylor, from “The Voice” season 2 will accompany the dancers on stage.
Dance styles will include Cha-Cha, Waltz, Tango, Swing, Freestyle Samba and the Jitterbug. Audiences will become part of the show as they use electronic voting remotes to pick their favorite couples as champions.
“Top-notch dancing from the best in the world and a live fan vote for the winner. If you like Dancing with the Stars you’ll love the drama, excitement and unpredictability of Dancing Pros,” said People Magazine.
The fall International Film Festival runs from Friday, Nov. 7 through Thursday, Nov. 13. Six films will be featured with individual admission set at $7:50 per film. Titles to be shown include:
The Lunch Box – India
Wadjda – Saudi Arabia
Instructions Not Included – Mexico
The Great Beauty – Italy
Like Father, Like Son – Japan
Twenty Feet From Stardom – USA
For ticket information, contact the Marshall Artists Series box office at ext. 6-6656 or visit it in the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse. Box office hours are Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m.