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Blood Sweat & Tears and Bice Come to MSU Riley Center on June 3
Blood Sweat & Tears and Bice Come to MSU Riley Center on June 3

A classic rock legend and an "American Idol" favorite join forces as the MSU Riley Center presents Blood Sweat & Tears Featuring Bo Bice on Saturday, June 3, at 7:30 p.m.

Blood Sweat & Tears burst onto the music scene in the late 1960s. It combined bluesy rock 'n' roll with jazzy horns to create an entirely new sound on such hits as "Spinning Wheel," "And When I Die" and "You've Made Me So Very Happy."

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Shadows of the 60's Brings Motown Tribute to MSU Riley Center on May 19
Shadows of the 60's Brings Motown Tribute to MSU Riley Center on May 19

Shadows of the 60's: A Tribute to Motown will bring a blast of nostalgia and musical energy to the MSU Riley Center on Friday, May 19, at 7:30 p.m.

The production salutes the great artists of Motown Records, especially The Temptations, The Four Tops and The Supremes. Shadows of the 60's meticulously re-creates the songs' original arrangements, in the original keys. It stirs memories of an exciting era when an upstart record label out of Detroit produced "The Sound of Young America," bringing together people of all backgrounds and races in a celebration of soul.

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The Heart Behind the Music Returns to the MSU Riley Center on April 20
The Heart Behind the Music Returns to the MSU Riley Center on April 20

The Heart Behind the Music songwriter’s showcase, featuring Oleta Adams, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Richie McDonald and Lee Roy Parnell, will return to the MSU Riley Center on Thursday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m.

Concertgoers also get a bonus: A pre-show party featuring free refreshments will start at 6:30.

The Heart Behind the Music has made several previous Riley Center visits, bringing different groups of musicians each time.

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Energetic DRUMLine! Live Marches into MSU Riley Center on March 18
Energetic DRUMLine! Live Marches into MSU Riley Center on March 18

Get ready for an earthquake of musical energy to hit downtown Meridian. DRUMLine Live! will bring its irresistible drum rhythms, brassy musical arrangements and exuberant showmanship to the MSU Riley Center for a concert on Saturday, March 18, at 7:30 p.m.

DRUMLine Live developed from the marching band traditions at historically black colleges and universities.

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Southern Soul Assembly Launches MSU Riley Center's New Series on March 4
Southern Soul Assembly Launches MSU Riley Center's New Series on March 4

Southern Soul Assembly, featuring four of the South’s most perceptive and passionate singer-songwriters, will kick off the MSU Riley Center’s 2017 Spring/Summer Performing Arts Series with a concert on Saturday, March 4, at 7:30 p.m. A free pre-show party with refreshments will begin at 6:30.

The Spring/Summer Series will run through August 19 and will showcase the wide-ranging delights of American popular music.

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'Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat' Brings His Tricks to MSU Riley Center
'Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat' Brings His Tricks to MSU Riley Center

"Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat" will visit the MSU Riley Center for a Family Show on Friday, March 3, 2017, at 7 p.m. You know what that means: mischief and mayhem to delight every child in the audience – regardless of chronological age.

The imaginative artist and clever wordsmith known as Dr. Seuss published the book "The Cat in the Hat" in 1957.

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See Whodunit in 'Murder on the Nile' at MSU Riley Center
See Whodunit in 'Murder on the Nile' at MSU Riley Center

The British-American theater company Aquila Theatre celebrates its 25th-anniversary season in high style with a wildly inventive staging of Agatha Christie's "Murder on the Nile." The MSU Riley Center presents the show on Friday, February 10, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.

The classic murder mystery, set in the 1940s, involves a Nile River honeymoon cruise, various characters who may not be what they seem and plenty of dramatic plot twists.

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'The Lightning Thief' Brings Family-Oriented Action to MSU Riley Center
'The Lightning Thief' Brings Family-Oriented Action to MSU Riley Center

A teenage hero undertakes a brave quest and battles legendary monsters in "The Lightning Thief," a high-energy musical updating of Greek myths that will be the MSU Riley Center's next Family Show. The curtain will rise on Friday, February 3, 2017, at 7 p.m.

Percy Jackson learns that he's more than just an ordinary kid struggling with school. He seems to have accidentally angered some of the Greek gods he’s encountered in his textbooks.

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Kids' Favorite Daniel Tiger Makes the MSU Riley Center His Neighborhood
Kids' Favorite Daniel Tiger Makes the MSU Riley Center His Neighborhood

Little ones will delight in seeing Daniel Tiger and his friends singing and dancing on stage as the MSU Riley Center presents its latest Family Show, "Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood," at 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 26, 2017.

This live musical version of the animated PBS TV series of the same name is aimed at preschoolers ages 2 through 4.

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Marsalis Leads Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra at MSU Riley Center
Marsalis Leads Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra at MSU Riley Center

Superstar trumpeter Wynton Marsalis will lead the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, today's finest jazz ensemble, in a very special evening of education, elegance, and wonderful music at the MSU Riley Center on Tuesday, January 17, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.

Marsalis, the strikingly gifted trumpeter who has won multiple Grammy Awards for both classical and jazz recordings, helped found the jazz program at New York's prestigious Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. He is music director of the 15-piece orchestra.

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Performing Arts
Whether you love legendary music or contemporary sounds, whether you like drama or want to bring the whole family to a lighthearted show, this season will treat you to a wide range of exciting entertainment.
Meetings & Conferences
For a truly memorable experience, the MSU Riley Center provides incomparable meeting space complemented by unparalleled service.
Education
From school performances for students in grades K-12 to Kennedy Center workshops for teachers, our arts education programs deliver top quality.