Christ­mas Back Home com­ing to CPAC ahead of hol­i­day

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Tick­ets are on sale now for a night of fun at the Cedar­town Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter just in time for Christ­mas be­ing pre­sented by an area mu­si­cian who just wanted a show that fit him, and he thought oth­ers would love too.

Scott Thomp­son is be­ing joined by a group of area mu­si­cians to bring Christ­mas Back Home to the CPAC on Satur­day, Dec. 22 start­ing at 7 p.m. It’ll cap off a sea­son of per­for­mances in Rome, Dal­las and Du­luth be­fore com­ing to Polk County with a mix of rock, jazz and coun­try in­ter­pre­ta­tions of hol­i­day fa­vorites.

Thomp­son, who cre­ated the show with Brent McDon­ald, said that he wanted to pro­vide some­thing for ev­ery­one in the show, and play hol­i­day hits that he’s al­ways loved and wanted to see him­self.

“I wanted to see some­thing that wasn’t there yet,” Thomp­son said.

He said many of the tunes in the show take dif­fer­ent in­ter­pre­ta­tions for the show, but that oth­ers like Nat King Cole’s clas­sic “The Christ­mas Song” keep in line with the orig­i­nal.

“It’s kind of hard to im­prove on that,” Thomp­son said.

Christ­mas Back Home opened its in­au­gu­ral sea­son in De­cem­ber 2017 to rave re­views.

“We wanted to switch things up a bit,” McDon­ald said. ”We cover styles from jazz and coun­try to rock, blues and soul. There’s a bit of tra­di­tional mu­sic mixed in with great new ar­range­ments and some orig­i­nal Christ­mas songs you won’t hear any­where else. We cre­ated the Christ­mas show we wanted to see, but just wasn’t avail­able.”

Thomp­son added that some orig­i­nal songs are also part of the show, and they also don’t stick to sec­u­lar mu­sic ei­ther.

The group does more than just play great Christ­mas mu­sic. In the spirit of the sea­son, they also use the show to help the com­mu­ni­ties where they play.

“Our idea was to cel­e­brate the Christ­mas sea­son while also giv­ing back to the com­mu­ni­ties in which we per­form,” Thomp­son said. “Last year we do­nated $1,000 to Hey­man HospiceCar­e of Rome and this year we have plans to ex­pand our giv­ing even fur­ther.”

This year, Christ­mas Back Home will be invit­ing mid­dle school choirs to open each show. A group from Cedar­town Mid­dle School will be per­form­ing on the 22nd and a por­tion of their tick­ets sales through a spe­cial code will be do­nated back to the school.

Thomp­son said he was also thank­ful to end their tour­ing sea­son in Cedar­town.

“It’s been great to have the sup­port we’ve got­ten from the Cedar­town Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter, and to be able to bring our show to Polk County,” Thomp­son said. “I’ve al­ways ad­mired the Cedar­town Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter, it’s a really nice space.

Any­one who wants to catch the show early can check it out in Dal­las this Fri­day. Tick­ets re­main on sale at Christ­masBack­Home. com for $15 each now, and $20 at the door the night of the show.

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Scott Thomp­son, co-cre­ator of Christ­mas Back Home, is bring­ing his show be­gun in 2017 to the Cedar­town Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter on Dec. 22.

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