SHIPPENSBURG, PA (April 23, 2013) - The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents SARA EVANS, Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 8 p.m.  Brent Cobb will open for Evans.  Reserved tickets are $65, $59, $55 & $49 and are now on sale.  A group discount is available for groups of 20 or more.  Tickets can be purchased by calling the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or online at luhrscenter.com. 

Sometimes the best way for an artist to move forward is to take time to be still. There's nothing that feeds a creative soul like taking time to soak up life and marinate in the moments that matter. Sara Evans embraced that philosophy, and now, six years after her last studio album, she's back with Stronger, a landmark record filled with the kind of gutsy explorations on life and love that have made Evans one of the most compelling female vocalists of her generation.

If people are surprised to hear that Evans is back, it's because it didn't seem as though she'd ever gone away. She continued to tour and maintain close contact with her active fan base. She became an author, signing a three-book deal with Thomas Nelson Publishers, which has already published two of her novels - The Sweet By and By and Softly and Tenderly. She released a greatest hits collection that included four new tunes, and she's continually remained a favorite at Country radio thanks to such hits as "Born to Fly," "Suds in the Bucket," "I Keep Looking," "Perfect," "No Place That Far" and "A Real Fine Place to Start."

Find more information about Sara Evans at www.saraevans.com.

Opening for Sara Evans is Country newcomer, Brent Cobb.  Cobb is one of Nashville's most promising singer-songwriters and hails from Georgia.

His songs are sung by stars such as Luke Bryan, David Nail, Kellie Pickler and the Eli Young Band. He writes for one of Music Row's top publishing houses and has just completed his first Nashville recording as an artist. Brent said he never intended to be known much beyond his hometown, but fate, family and his fellow Georgians conspired to change that plan.

Brent has also opened for artists such as Blake Shelton and in 2012 released his EP collection Brent Cobb, which captures his gripping, passionate vocal style.

"It's all sort of happened at the same time," the singer-songwriter marvels. "I feel like I'm rockin' right now. I'm glad that these songs are feeling right to people. I'm just thankful that it's working. This has been the coolest experience."

Find more information about Brent Cobb at www.brentcobb.net.

For additional information about the Sara Evans performance, or other performances within the 2012-2013 Luhrs Center series, please call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or visit the Luhrs Center website at luhrscenter.com. 

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University

The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University's role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center's 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.