Jason Coleman....Tickling the Ivories this Saturday

This week's Art Talk Monday is written by Ashley James. Ashley is a past Dixie Board member and founding member of Troupe Dixie. She is passionate about supporting and serving all arts and cultural organizations in North Central Louisiana. Jason Coleman Returns to Ruston for his Third Performance at the Dixie

Jason Coleman

The Dixie Center for the Arts is thrilled to bring back by popular demand Jason Coleman, grandson of the late Floyd Cramer, featuring Meagan Taylor on guitar. The show will be held on Saturday, November 15, 2014, at 7:00 p.m., and is sponsored by Bobby Conville, Ron Deal, Earl Smith, Financial Advisors & Wells Fargo Advisors.

After more than 140 performances of Jason’s Legacy of Floyd Cramer concert since 2010, Jason is excited to present The Piano Magic of Floyd Cramer. In addition to the new name, the concert will feature some new songs and a few special surprises alongside the Floyd Cramer classics that he has been performing for years.

Jason performed on TV twice with his grandfather; once in 1989 on Nashville Now and once in 1994 on Music City Tonight. He also treasures the memories of playing the piano on occasion with his grandfather at his live shows. A very special moment for Jason was being asked by Hank Locklin to play the piano with him at the Grand Old Opry in 2002. They performed “Please Help Me, I’m Falling”, which his grandfather originally recorded with Hank nearly 50 years prior.

Performing with Jason at the Dixie will be Meagan Taylor, the great-niece of famed guitarist and producer Chet Atkins. Meagan began learning from Chet his unique style of guitar playing in 1999, and since his death, she has been privileged to continue learning from many of his close friends and fans.

Meagan Taylor and Jason Coleman’s paths first crossed only in recent years, but their musical styles were compatible from the very beginning. The two currently play together in venues both large and small, reviving the beloved sound left behind by Floyd and Chet, and we are delighted to have them back at the Dixie this season.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling the Dixie Box Office at 318-255-1450. Season ticket packages are also still available for purchase. The Dixie Center for the Arts, located at 212 North Vienna Street in Ruston, is a non-profit volunteer-driven organization that works in partnership with North Central Louisiana Arts Council, Ruston Community Theater and Ruston Civic Symphony Society. For more information, visit www.dixiecenter.org.