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It’s a Spring to Remember at the PAC with Greenwood, Springfield and Blood Sweat and Tears

Three legendary performers will rock Florence and the Pee Dee during the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center’s “A Spring to Remember.”

Lee Greenwood will give the three-month concert run a patriotic kickoff on March 10. The iconic rock group Blood, Sweat and Tears (with Bo Bice) follows on April 6 and multi-talented Grammy Award-winner Rick Springfield will bring his “Stripped Down” tour to the PAC on May 12.

Between them, the three acts have sold more than 35 million records, including dozens of chart-topping hits.

Tickets for the all three concerts begin at $25, meaning a three-event “Spring to Remember” ticket can be had for just $75. The $25 tickets are limited for all three shows. Other tickets range from $42 to $67, depending upon the show.

Tickets for all three shows go on sale Tuesday, Dec. 13, at noon, just in time for Christmas.

Tickets are available online at www.fmupac.org, or in person or by phone at the PAC Box Office (843.661.4444, 201 S. Dargan Street, Florence).

Country and pop star Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA” has been an all-American favorite since its release in 1984. The patriotic anthem rose to the top of the charts in 1991 and again in 2001.

Buoyed by “God Bless …”, Greenwood’s American Patriot album went platinum in just three months following its release in 1992.

But Greenwood is far more than a one-hit wonder. During his dynamic crossover career the California native has seven Number one songs and 25 charted singles, including “It Turns Me Inside Out,” “Ring On Her Finger Time on Her Hands,” “I Don’t Mind the Thorns if You’re the Rose,” “Dixie Road” and “Somebody’s Gonna Love You.”

Few American rock groups are as well-known as BS&T – Blood, Sweat and Tears – a jazz-rock group that began churning out hits in the late 1960s including “Spinning Wheel” and “You Made Me So Very Happy.”

The band churned out the soundtrack for the movie The Owl and the Pussycat, starring Barbara Streisand and George Segal, and was also a headliner at the famous Woodstock music festival. Blood, Sweat and Tears is still managed by founder and drummer Bobby Columby who notes that the group is not so much about the individual as the aura.

“BS&T has an iconic stature,” says Columby. “It’s a style of music.” The band has changed musicians frequently over the years. In its current incarnation, the leader singer is former American Idol star Bo Bice. Bice came to the attention of Columby and others for his rendition of “Spinning Wheel” on the show.

Few performers have led as interesting and varied a career as former teen heartthrob Rick Springfield. During his five decades as a performer he’s written and performed dozens of hit songs, written a best-selling book, landed roles in numerous movies and TV shows, and was (and still is) a star on General Hospital, one of the longest-running soap operas in TV history.

Musically, Springfield may be best known for his Grammy Award-winning 1981 hit “Jessie’s Girl,” but the Australian-born entertainer has sold 25 million albums worldwide and had 17 top 20 hits.

Springfield’s Florence performance will feature an acoustic performance and lots of storytelling. A Spring to Remember Three big months at FMU Performing Arts Center Friday, March 12 – Lee Greenwood Thursday, April 6 – Blood, Sweat and Tears Friday, May 6 – Rick Springfield. Tickets from $25. www.fmupac.org for more. For more information, contact Executive Director of Public Affairs Tucker Mitchell at 843.661.1332, 843.409.5587 or cmitchell@fmarion.edu.

Last Published: January 24, 2017 9:31 AM
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