Boykin Series 27

Since 1996, the Boykin Series has hosted a variety of professional performances, including a cappella, bluegrass, classical, classic rock, dance, comedy, country, easy listening, jazz, and rock and roll. The Boykin Series Committee and our staff have worked diligently on events for this season, which will include an amazing and eclectic assortment of professional entertainment that will allow us to provide exciting and enjoyable cultural experiences for our community!
This season showcases a diverse array of genres, from traditional country and classic rock to Gullah music and folk rock.  All performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be held in the Edna Boykin Cultural Center at 108 Nash Street NE in Wilson, NC. Sales tax will be added to all ticket purchases.
It’s going to be a GREAT season – and we can’t wait to see YOU at the Boykin Center!
Season tickets for Boykin Series 27 will go on sale Tuesday, July 2, 2024 at 10 a.m.

Purchasing season tickets before Friday, August 2 guarantees "same seat" preferred seating for all new performances. Previous season ticketholders will have the first opportunity to keep their legacy seats if they purchase Boykin Series 27 season tickets by this deadline. Season ticket pricing will remain available until September 19; however, after August 2 "same seat" availability is not guaranteed.

Season tickets - all 8 shows: $276 per person plus tax ($294.63 total)
Fall ticket package: $142 per person plus tax ($151.59 total)
Spring ticket package: $134 per person plus tax ($143.05 total)

For more information on purchasing season tickets, call Wilson Arts at 252-291-4329 or stop by the reception desk at the Wilson Arts Center. Current season ticket subscribers should watch their mailbox for a renewal notice.

Individual show tickets for all Boykin Series 27 shows will be available for purchase beginning August 2, 2024 at 10:00 a.m.
Please note: All ticket sales are final. Refunds are only given in the event that the organizer cancels the event.

To request accessibility accommodations, please contact Office Manager Amy Wahl at 252-291-4329 x 103 or email Please request at least 10 days in advance.

Tre Twitty and Tayla Lynn photo

Twitty and Lynn: A Salute to Conway and Loretta (Traditional County, Tribute)
Thursday, September 19, 2024 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $65 Adults, $60 Seniors/Students plus tax

Tre Twitty and Tayla Lynn, grandchildren of Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn respectively, perform a heartfelt country music tribute show celebrating their grandparents’ legacy without resorting to impersonation.  Through their genuine chemistry and timeless country melodies, they evoke nostalgia while also forging their own artistic path within the country music genre, aiming to entertain audiences while honoring their family’s rich musical heritage.

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The Petty Thieves (Classic Rock, Tom Petty Tribute)
Thursday, October 3, 2024 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $25 Everyone plus tax

Experience the electrifying energy of a Tom Petty tribute band, bringing classic rock hits from the 60s to today to life.  Get ready for a night of nostalgic tunes and unforgettable performances that capture the essence of rock ‘n’ roll’s golden era.

Ranky Tanky

Ranky Tanky (Gullah Music, Jazz, Roots Music)
Friday, November 8, 2024 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $40 Adults, $35 Seniors/Students plus tax

The Grammy Award-winning quintet from Charleston, SC, delves into the timeless music rooted in the Gullah culture of the southeastern Sea Islands.  Their debut album gained recognition on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross and the TODAY show, topping the Billboard, Amazon, and iTunes Jazz Charts.  Their latest release, “Good Time,” features a mix of playful game songs, ecstatic shouts, heartbreaking spirituals, and their first original songs inspired by the Gullah tradition, showcasing the group’s musical diversity and cultural heritage.

This performance is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the North Carolina Arts Council.

Katie Deal's Holly Dolly Christmas

Katie Deal’s Holly Dolly Christmas (Holiday Music, Country, Tribute)
Friday, December 20, 2024 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $40 Adults, $35 Seniors/Students plus tax

Katie Deal embodies the essence of Dolly Parton and her music during the holiday season, performing a collection that includes Dolly’s Christmas classics and beloved duets.  A Gainesville, Georgia native, Katie Deal has earned critical acclaim for her classic country sound. She was awarded the 2016 Georgia County Artist of the Year, the 2016 Atlanta Society of Entertainers Recording Artist of the Year, and is an Atlanta Country Music Hall of fame honoree.

Mystic Bowie's Talking Dreads

Mystic Bowie’s Talking Dreads (Reggae)
Saturday, January 11, 2025 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $30 Adults, $25 Seniors/Students plus tax

Mystic Bowie’s Talking Dreads reimagines the Talking Heads’ classic songs with a vibrant mix of roots reggae, ska, and lover’s rock.  Since debuting in 2015, the Jamaican-born singer has energized audiences across North America, blending his musical heritage with the iconic band’s hits.  Mystic’s passion for the Talking Heads began in his youth, later developing through a close relationship with band members Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth.  Recorded in Jamaica, the album “Mystic Bowie’s Talking Dreads” features legendary reggae artists and delivers a fresh, joyous take on beloved songs.  Beyond music, Mystic Bowie is dedicated to enriching Jamaican communities through his cultural and educational initiatives.

Bee Gees GOLD

Bee Gees GOLD (Disco, Tribute)
Friday, February 7, 2025 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets:  $60 Adults, $55 Seniors/Students plus tax

Bee Gees GOLD is a tribute band dedicated to honoring the iconic music of the Bee Gees.  They recreate the sound and energy of the legendary group, known for their timeless hits and signature harmonies.  Bee Gees GOLD has gained popularity for its authentic performances and faithful renditions of classic Bee Gees songs, captivating audiences with the nostalgia and magic of the disco era.

Celtic Angels Ireland

Celtic Angels Ireland (Irish Traditional Music, Dance, Celtic)
Thursday, March 20, 2025 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $50 Adults, $45 Seniors/Students plus tax

Celtic Angels Ireland is a captivating theatrical experience that transports audiences to the enchanting realms of Irish culture and music.  Led by an acclaimed creative team from Ireland, including award-winning singers, dancers, and musicians, the show promises a mesmerizing blend of traditional and contemporary Irish tunes performed live by the talented Trinity Ensemble, Heavenly Celtic Angels, and Dynamic Celtic Knights Dancers.  With rich storytelling, vibrant choreography, and infectious rhythms, Celtic angels Ireland offers a theatrical feast for all ages, celebrating the Land of Saints and Scholars in a magical and unforgettable way.

The Malpass Brothers

The Malpass Brothers (Honky-Tonk, Classic Country)
Thursday, April 25, 2025 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $40 Adults, $35 Seniors and Students plus tax

The Malpass Brothers, hailing from North Carolina, are celebrated for their authentic honky-tonk style and tight harmonies, evoking the classic country sound of icons like Merle Haggard and Hank Williams Sr.  With their timeless storytelling and engaging live performances, they continue to captivate audiences who appreciate the traditional charm of country music. Mentored and credentialed by the biggest legends of bluegrass and country music, the brother duo continues to deliver new, yet traditional music in modern times.

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Information will be available mid- to late-April for Boykin Series 27. If you would like more information as soon as the next season's information is available or if you have questions, please contact Stephanie Pridgen at (252) 291-4329 x107 or by email at

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