Nashville singer-songwriters hit the CLC stage | Characteristics

KENDALLVILLE — “Hits & Grins,” an award-winning trio of singer-songwriters from Nashville, Tennessee, will perform the second in a three-concert series presented by the Community Learning Center Performing Arts Committee.

Singer-songwriters Steve Dean, Victoria Venier and Bill Whyte perform their great stories, hit songs and comedies in the CLC Auditorium on Thursday, April 28 at 7 p.m. as “Hits & Grins.” The acoustic and intimate “in the round” performance is a one-of-a-kind musical experience.

Dean and Venier are Grammy-nominated songwriters and Whyte is a member of the Country Radio Broadcast Hall of Fame as well as a talented songwriter and comedian. They perform songs originally written for country music royalty like George Strait, Ray Stevens, Reba McIntire and Alabama, among others.

Hits and Grins audiences can expect to hear number one hits like George Strait’s “Round About Way”, Lee Greenwood’s “Hearts Aren’t Made to Break”, “Don’t Your Memory Ever Sleep Tonight?” by Ronnie Milsap, “Rodney Atkins” Watchin’ You,” Alabama chart-topper, “Southern Star” and LeeAnn Womack’s “The Preacher.”

Plus, the cast of Hits & Grins will share stories about how and when these familiar tunes were written.

Tickets are $20 per person at the door for each concert. A season ticket for all three concerts costs $50 per person.

The other two performances in the concert series are “Sultans of String” on Tuesday, March 29 at 7 p.m. and “Heartland Karaoke” with Fort Wayne’s Heartland Sings on Thursday, June 30 at 7 p.m.

Season tickets are available in advance at the Community Learning Center by calling 260-544-3455; email,; or by mailing the form and check for payment to the Community Learning Center, 401 E. Diamond St., PO Box 98, Kendallville IN 46755.

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