What's Happening: New event center planned for Lexington

What's Happening: New event center planned for Lexington

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What's Happening: New event center planned for Lexington

Here's What's Happening in Davidson County: a new event center is planned for Lexington; Roots music Scythian will perform at the civic center; and youths can prepare to audition for "Mary Poppins."

New event center planned for Davidson County

A new event center is planned for Lexington, according to information on the Lexington City building permits report.

Ba'sa A. Shabazz has applied for a permit to perform demolition work at 815 W. Center St. to create Royal Events. The demo work at an existing building will provide a path for new electrical, mechanical and plumbing, the permit reads. In addition, work to drywall, paint and tile the interior will be performed under a separate permit already approved.

Value of the work to be performed is estimated on the permit at $130,000.

A phone call to Shabazz seeking more information was not returned.

Roots music band Scythian to perform in Lexington

The four-man band Scythian will bring their unique roots music sound to the Edward C. Smith Civic Center in Lexington on Saturday, Jan. 21.

The Washington, D.C.,-based band was born more than 12 years ago as a bunch of college buddies playing Celtic music in the streets and has grown to be a headliner on the U.S. Celtic Festival Circuit, as well as a name in the Bluegrass/Americana Festival Circuit. They found success as an independent band and have played over 1,300 shows all over the United States, Europe, Canada and as far away as Australia.

Founded by brothers Alexander and Danylo Fedoryka, who are first-generation sons of Ukrainian immigrants, Scythian from the start has been a search and love for the "old time, good time music" of many cultures. They were inspired by a tale told by their 92-year-old grandmother of a roving fiddler who came into her farming village every six months or so. Once he was spotted, messengers were sent to all the outlying fields and mills and work ceased. Everyone gathered in the barn where they danced their cares away all night.

The band is named for Ukrainian nomads and its other two members are Ethan Dean and Johnny Rees.

The classically trained Fedoryka brothers grew up on Ukrainian folk music and bluegrass, while Dean was raised on '60s and '70s folk-rock. Lafayette, La., -raised Rees brings a Cajun backbeat to the Celtic-Americana fusion, giving Scythian yet another dimension.

Tickets are $25 and available online at on the Edward C. Smith's website. Print out your ticket or take a screenshot to show at the door. Tickets are not pre sold at the civic center until an hour before the show. Doors will open at 7 p.m. No outside food or drink permitted. The civic center is located at 217 S. Main St.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Auditions set for LYT's Mary Poppins

Lexington Youth Theatre will hold auditions for "Mary Poppins, The New Musical," on Monday, Jan. 16, and Tuesday, Jan. 17, at the Edward C. Smith Civic Center.

Auditions will take place from 4-6 p.m. Call-backs will be Thursday, Jan. 18. Performances will take place at the civic center in uptown Lexington on March 24-26. Auditions will be open to fifth- to 12th-graders.

Please visit www.lexingtonyouththeatreinc.com for more information, tips and instructions on auditioning.

Jill Doss-Raines is The Dispatch trending topics and personality profiles senior reporter and is always looking for tips about businesses and entertainment events, secret and new menu items and interesting people in Davidson County. Contact me at jill.doss-raines@the-dispatch.com.

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