Performances under the stars…
The DeSoto Amphitheater for the Performing Arts is an expression of the Ned Smith Center’s mission to merge the worlds of nature and the arts. At the DeSoto Amphitheater, the arts have a home surrounded by the tranquil beauty of the Ned Smith Center lands. Please join us as we celebrate the exciting 2018 season of this beautiful venue!
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., performances begin at 7:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Tickets for all shows are $10 per person, unless otherwise noted.
Please bring your favorite outdoor seating. We also allow picnics and BYOB. Our friends at Max’s Grille and Sportsbar will be selling food at all shows.
Saturday, May 19 – Ann Kerstetter – Take a woman with a voice reminiscent of the velvet of Etta James and the gravel of Janis Joplin. Add extremely talented musicians who blend as a single unit with her to bring it all back home to you, the Ann Kerstetter Band is one hard act to follow.
Saturday, June 2 – Pennsylvania Regional Ballet – Join the Ned Smith Center’s cultural partner, Pennsylvania Regional Ballet for a showcase performance of selected pieces in varying styles. Let them jeté right into your heart! Please note, as to not put our dancers in danger this show may be altered due to weather. Sponsored by Jim and Becky Ulsh
Saturday, June 9 – Pentagon – Rich Clare Pentagon Band is a six-piece show band that plays rock ‘n’ roll and R&B. Formed in 1971, the band showcases music from Wilson Picket, Smash Mouth, Buddy Holly, U2 and much more. The band plays a full schedule year-round including casinos, dances, fairs, fundraisers, carnivals and more. Two original members of the band Rich Clare and Jim Colestock still perform with the band – and do it well! Sponsored by the Enders and Susquenita High School Class of ’68.
Saturday, July 14 – Cruise Control – Enjoy rock, pop and soulful jazz music with Erin Cruise and her band. Sponsored by Carole DeSoto.
Saturday, July 20 & 21 – Shakespeare in the Woods – “Something wicked this way comes…” Gamut Theatre, the combined theatre of Harrisburg Shakespeare Company and Popcorn Hat Players Children’s Theatre, presents its highly acclaimed educational outreach production of Macbeth. One of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedies, Macbeth follows the rise and fall of a Scottish lord-turned-King, whose ambition turns him into a brutal murderer consumed by the dark arts. Recommended for ages 12 and up. Keep the smaller print “Bring your own price, any size….” Sponsored by Kyle Kauffman.
Saturday, August 4 – After Hours Big Band – After Hours Big Band is a 17 pc. swing orchestra playing anything from the traditional big band arrangements of Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, and Les Brown to the modern era sounds of big band artists such as Maynard Ferguson and Brian Setzer, The After Hours Big Band covers it all. Sponsored by BB&T Bank
Saturday, August 11 – Kilmaine Saints – This Explosive, high energy Celtic rock band from Central Pennsylvania will lift your hearts, your spirits and your pint when you’re not looking. With several hundred shows up and down the east coast, two critically acclaimed releases under their belts, national and international airplay and an ever-expanding and extremely loyal fan base, it’s no wonder the world is starting to stand up and take notice. Sponsored by the Nancie M. Beinhower Trust.
Saturday, September 22 – Shotgunn – Last show of the season! Shotgunn got its start in the 1970s, playing gigs all over the Lykens Valley. They reunited in the early 2000s, playing benefit concerts for organizations all over the place. Shotgunn plays rock and funk hits from the ’60s and ’70s, anything from Chicago, and Blood Sweat and Tears to Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Jefferson Airplane. There’s something for everyone. Sponsored by Fred and Anne Meckley.