CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Clay Center's spring 2014 season will feature some folk-rock titans, one of the stars of progressive bluegrass and a who's-who-of-the-blues tribute to Jimi Hendrix.
The season officially begins at 8 p.m. March 19 with Experience Hendrix, a tribute to the rock star with a star-studded lineup featuring Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and many others.
On March 23, the Punch Brothers perform with Chris Thile.
On April 3, the Clay Center brings Ballroom with a Twist, a dance show featuring finalists from "Dancing with the Stars," "American Idol" and "So You Think You Can Dance."
The season closes May 15 with rock and swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, performing such hits as "Go Daddy-O," "You & Me & the Bottle Makes 3 Tonight," plus songs from its latest album, "Rattle Them Bones."
All these shows are at 7:30 p.m.
In addition to the regular season, the Clay Center also has a number of add-on shows, including three concerts: Crosby, Stills & Nash, at 8 p.m. March 7; 1980s R&B superstars Boyz II Men, at 7:30 p.m. April 30; and contemporary Christian titans MercyMe, at 8 p.m. May 9.
Also, the Clay Center and Jam Theatricals will present workout guru and motivational spokeswoman Jillian Michaels, best known for her appearances on "The Biggest Loser," at 7 p.m. March 16.
Clay Center director of theater and sales Rob Rosano said the center's staff believes they've come up with their best season yet and acknowledged that they continue to reach out beyond what they consider their core audience.
He said, "A lot of it comes from our members, what they tell us they want. But sure, we're always trying to step out a little further to bring people in."