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Bell Theater will once again be opening their doors for the spring and summer concert series starting Saturday

The first concert of the year will be Ma Crow and the Lady Slippers. This bluegrass band has played venues across the Midwest and has been featured on radio stations and online radio programs in the Appalachian area.

Tickets for the season’s first concert will be on sale at the door ranging from $5 to $7. The concert will begin at 7 p.m.

Since the theater is a non-profit organization, it has been closed for the past 2 months which allows operators to save money on heating bills and electricity costs.

“The building is old and hard to heat. It’s just not cost effective to operate it during the winter,” said Darron Nichols, operator and manager of the Bell Theater.

“There is nowhere else. Live performing arts is all we have,” said Nichols. Concerts at the Bell Theater provide people of Bell County with a way to experience different sorts of music from African show choirs to country and bluegrass.

The theater provides not only an outlet for live bands, but the Cumberland River Music Academy and the Children’s Reading Foundation of Appalachia have office there as well. Local children have a place to host birthday parties through the CRFA which include a movie, popcorn and a free book for all children in attendance.

If you are interested in renting out the Bell Theater, contact via Facebook is preferred.

Kelsey Gerhardt may be reached at 606-302-9093 or on Twitter @kgerhardtmbdn.

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