MVCC Cultural Series presents 2 exciting concerts this weekend

Emerson Hart

Emerson Hart

As the month of March winds down, the Cultural Series at Mohawk Valley Community College hits a crescendo with two exciting concerts this weekend.

The first show will feature Emerson Hart, frontman and songwriter for the multi-platinum band Tonic, at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 28, in Festine Auditorium, Plumley Complex, on MVCC’s Rome campus. Tickets to the show, which is part of MVCC’s intimate Listening Room Concert Series, are $15 general, $10 for MVCC employees, and free for MVCC students.

Hart is touring in support of his first solo album in more than six years, “Beauty in Disrepair,” which marks an honest follow-up to his 2007 solo debut, “Cigarettes & Gasoline,” a critically acclaimed album that spawned two Top 20 singles. He is best known as the frontman and songwriter for Tonic, the alt-rock band that hit it big in 1996 with the album “Lemon Parade,” which featured the hits “Open Up Your Eyes” and “If You Could Only See.” To learn more about him, visit

The second concert will feature Grammy-winning country singer Kacey Musgraves at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 29, in the Jorgensen Athletic and Event Center on MVCC’s Utica campus. The show will feature an opening set by special guests John and Jacob. Standing room only tickets cost $35 for general admission and $25 for MVCC employees. A limited supply of free tickets is available for MVCC students.

Musgraves, who won Country Music Association’s New Artist of the Year Award in 2013, hit the ground running in 2014 with Academy of Country Music’s Award for Album of the Year (“Same Trailer, Different Park”), Country Music Association’s Award for Song of the Year (“Follow Your Arrow”), and two Grammys (Best Country Song and Best Country Album). It’s safe to say that Musgraves is well on her way to being one of American country music’s hottest stars. Learn more about her at

Tickets for both concerts are available through the MVCC Box Office at or in person at the Utica Box Office, Room 106 (located next to Schafer Theater) in the Information Technology Building of the Utica Campus, Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tickets are also available on the Rome Campus (Student Services Office) in the Plumley Complex, Monday-Thursday from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., and Friday from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. For information, call 315-731-5721.

There are more than 100 scheduled Cultural Series events this spring. Most Cultural Series events are $5 or less to the general public and many are free. Events include concerts, comedians, lectures, film screenings and discussions, workshops, family fun events, and more. For the complete series lineup and ticket sales, visit


Jennifer Fanelli
The Fuze Magazine

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