Walton Arts Center boasts full weekend lineup with folk, jazz, and comedy shows on tap in Starr Theatre

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The WAC is back.

Not that it ever left, but after more than a year feeling the effects of the COVID-19, the venue this weekend has what feels like a pre-pandemic lineup of shows on tap for the first time in a long time.

The shows kicks off on Thursday with a show featuring Nashville-based “folk, rock & roll, and country” duo, Wild Ponies. The band, made up of Doug and Telisha Williams, will perform as part of the West Street Live series of intimate shows in the WAC’s Starr Theatre. Tickets to the show start at $33, and are on sale here.

Also on tap is a Friday night jazz performance by acclaimed artist and five-time Juno Award winner Jane Bunnett and Maqueque. Bunnett has been nominated three times for Grammy awards, and is known “for her creative integrity, improvisational daring, and courageous artistry,” WAC officials said. Her show is part of the Starlight Jazz Series, and will also take place in the Starr Theatre. Tickets start at $33, and are on sale here.

Finally, comedian Raj Suresh will perform on Saturday. Suresh, who got his start performing comedy in NWA, has since become a recognizable name in the comedy world. His debut album, “Semi Famous,” reached No. 2 on the iTunes comedy charts, and No. 12 on Billboard. This show is part of the WAC’s Mosaix series of performances. Suresh will perform at 8 p.m., and tickets start at $25.

Also of note, the Walton Arts Center will open their first Broadway show in more than a year when the venue hosts a production of “Come From Away” Oct. 26-31 inside Baum Walker Hall. Tickets to that show start at $41, and are available here.

COVID-19 measures for safety remain in place at the WAC. All patrons age 12 and older are required to provide printed and dated proof of a negative COVID-19 diagnostic test taken within 72 hours prior to entry or proof of full vaccination (final dose at least two weeks prior to the show) and matching identification to attend a show. Patrons age 11 and younger can attend with printed proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours prior to entry. All patrons will also be required to wear a mask while inside Walton Arts Center.

For more info, or to purchase tickets, visit waltonartscenter.org.

Disclosure: Walton Arts Center is a financial supporter of the Fayetteville Flyer.