The App Presents
Thursday, March 12
One of the cornerstones of WWE‘s meteoric rise in the late 1990s, Mick Foley is known worldwide as professional wrestling’s “Hardcore Legend”. Known for his ability to absorb seemingly inhuman punishment, Foley finished a match in Munich, Germany, despite the loss of his right ear, and endured falls both off and through a 16 foot cell structure against The Undertaker in June, 1998 - a match that has taken on almost mystical proportions. He became WWE champion for the first time in December 1998 with a dramatic victory over Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson that is seen by many as the most important match in the era of WWE’S “Monday Night Wars”. Foley and Johnson would lose - and then reclaim the title from Johnson, before the two joined forces to become the “Rock and Sock Connection” - an incredibly popular tag-team that allowed both men to showcase their comedic abilities.
With retirement looming, Foley penned his memoir “Have a Nice Day” - by hand, without the aid of a ghost-writer - and the book stunned the literary world by hitting number one on the New York Times best-seller list - and stayed on the list for 26 weeks. Foley followed the success of the book with a second memoir, “Foley is Good”, which also hit number one on the New York Times list. All told, Mick has written eleven books (5 memoirs, 4 children’s books and two novels) an in so doing, established himself as wrestling’s premiere story-teller - showcasing his ability to write laugh-out-loud stories, as well as provide moments that were alternately touching, cringe-inducing and just outright bizarre. In 2003, fully began the transition of taking stories from the written page, and bringing them to life on the stage. He has spoken at some of the most respected colleges and universities in the United States, including Notre Dame, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and George Washington University - and performed sold-out shows throughout the US, as well as Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Australia. His stage show has been featured in two televised specials for WWE Network - 2015’s “Cheap Pops” and 2018’s “20 Years of Hell”. He is currently on the “Nice Day Tour” - a spoken-word stage-show celebrating the 20th anniversary of the release of “Have a Nice Day”.
The Secret Garden
Frances Hodgson Burnett’s beloved victorian classic, The Secret Garden, blossoms anew in this enchanting musical by Pulitzer Prize-winner Marsha Norman and Lucy Simon. Orphaned Mary Lennox is sent to live with her uncle who lives in an imposing, secluded manor on the British heath. Inside the haunting house upon the hill, Mary finds her bedridden cousin, Colin, bearing the guilt of his mother’s death on his crippled shoulders. When Mary discovers her Aunt Lily’s hidden garden, locked away and overgrown, stubborn Mary is determined to revive the beauty that once was. Mary begins to peel away the layers of sadness that cover the house and the garden, showing us the power that “one small girl” can have when she “wants things to grow.”
Production by UVA Wise
40th Anniversary Concert
Kevin Prater: Mandolin, Guitar, Banjo, Bass, Lead and Harmony Vocals
Born in Grundy, VA., currently resides in Belcher, KY. Kevin Prater's love of music began at age four, with the encouragement of his Uncle, Boone Estep. He quickly mastered the Guitar, Mandolin, Bass and Banjo. At age seven Kevin was playing in a touring band. Kevin, along with life long friend David Adkins, they formed "Elkhorn Grass", touring for eleven years. Upon Graduation Kevin had secured a regular gig at Dollywood, where he remained for three years.
In 1998, Kevin was asked to audition as mandolin player and vocalist for The James King Band. That audition led to a 12 career that would take him around the world, entertaining in 24 Countries and 49 States. They recorded two, "Album of the Year" a "Song of the Year" and a "Recorded Event Of The Year" award winning projects. Kevin has played the Grand Ole Opry many times with James King Band and Melvin Goins and Wendy Mountain. Upon leaving The James King Band Kevin toured with Mark Phillips and Third Generation, and spent three years with The Bluegrass Brothers, during which he earned a nomination for "Banjo Player of the Year".
After much encouragement from friends and fellow musicians, Kevin stepped out of the Sideman position to begin Leading his own band. Fast forward 12 years, Kevin has created one of the most respected bands on the circuit. Not only for their "Coal Fired, Pure Kentucky Bluegrass', but also for their Acapella and Four Part Harmony Gospel songs that brings people to their feet, moves them to tears or to their knees at the Cross.
Kevin has won awards and recognition throughout his career, including twice being named a Kentucky Colonel. He has also been recognized by the House of Representatives of the great State of Kentucky, twice, for Preserving and Promoting Kentucky's treasured Bluegrass Music.
In addition to leading The KPB, Kevin has Owned Sound Makers Recording Studio and Sound Company in Belcher, KY. He has recorded over 1,000 projects in all genres of music and has provided sound for hundreds of events around the world. Kevin is a highly sought and respected Studio musician and sound engineer working at studios surrounding states.