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Millworks Theatre announces an evening with Restless Heart

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Millworks Theatre, a multi-functional entertainment venue now open at The Mill at Lebanon, announces a special evening performance combining country music revue “That’s Country!” with legendary recording group Restless Heart on Friday, Sept. 25.

Millworks Theatre’s "Evening Series" of musicals, comedies and dramas are performed on Thursday through Saturday evenings and Sunday Matinees. The "Afternoon Series" of fast paced song and dance variety shows, light comedies and musicals are Tuesday through Saturday matinees at 1:30 p.m. And now, theatre patrons can experience a little bit of “Branson”-style entertainment at Millworks Theatre with a show featuring guest artist, Restless Heart.

Legendary country music group Restless Heart is celebrating more than 25 years of perfecting the art of entertaining. The group came together in late 1983 as the by-product of a project by famed writer/producer Tim Dubois. He soon brought to the team fellow Oklahoman Scott Hendricks to co-produce and engineer the recording project which quickly led to a record deal. Restless Heart signed a recording contract with RCA Records in 1984.

With the release of their first album in 1985, the vocal style of Restless Heart became instantly identifiable -- an intertwining five-part harmony led by Larry Stewart, with Dave Innis on keyboards, Greg Jennings on lead guitar, Paul Gregg on bass and drummer John Dittrich. They brought a new, contemporary sound to Nashville, a sound with a touch of pop.

Gold became the standard for the group with the release of their self-titled album. Three more gold albums followed between 1986 and 1991. With an additional six albums released through the years, Restless Heart put 26 hits on the country charts with six #1 hits and nine others in the Top Ten. Cross-over success, rare in the music world, was also theirs with six songs making the adult contemporary charts, including taking the #1, #2 and #3 spots. Favorite song titles include “I’ll Still Be Loving You,” “The Bluest Eyes In Texas,” “When She Cries” and many more.

Millworks Theatre has teamed with the country group to create a special evening on Friday, Sept. 25 and will present “That’s Country!” featuring Restless Heart. The theatre currently has a production show that traces the history of Country Music from its early days to the present and features the talents of 10 area singers and dancers who perform more than 80 song titles in a two-hour variety revue.

Managing Director Kevin F. Raymond adds, “The second act of our show picks us up in 1984, which coincides perfectly with the 25th Anniversary of Restless Heart.  We’ll perform those numbers as an opening act and then feature Restless Heart on the second half of the program. With a wonderful dinner being provided by Two Fat Men Catering in Lebanon, the evening is sure to be a hit!”

The Millworks team spoke with Restless Heart after a mutual business associate suggested a meeting. Millworks wants to add featured artists to its lineup and the country band is looking for a home when not on the road performing. One of the goals of Millworks is to create a destination for bus tour groups.

Raymond noted he has wondered for many years why people who travel to Music City USA can’t easily find the artists they come here to see. With artists who live in Nashville traveling to Branson and Pigeon Forge to perform, Middle Tennessee is losing out on a golden opportunity. “If we can pioneer that particular style of entertainment here in Middle Tennessee, we cannot only can we capitalize on tourists who are already here to see their favorite artists, but also bring larger amounts of spending dollars and taxes into our area,” he added. He said he also hopes to be able to feature Restless Heart on an ongoing basis throughout the year.

Tickets are slated to move quickly, so make your reservations early, he said. Guests can check in at the box office at 6 p.m. and dinner begins at 6:30. “That’s Country!” will present their 50 minute opening act before Restless Heart performs.

Artistic Director Keith F. Hardy said that tickets will be at two different price levels that evening. Regular admission to the show will be $50 which includes dinner and “That’s Country!” featuring Restless Heart. There will also be 100 VIP seats available at $100 per ticket. In addition to the regular admission, VIP tickets guarantee guests seating in the front two rows, complimentary champagne with dinner, and a reception following the concert where VIP guests can meet Restless Heart and have an opportunity to chat, take pictures and get autographs. A cash bar will available that night.

For its 2009 season, Millworks Theatre will be open now to Dec. 31. Starting in 2010, the theatre will be open year-round. To see a list of shows, music acts and other performances at Millworks Theatre, visit the website at www.MillworksTheatre.com or call (615) 466-5290 for box office information and tickets.

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