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Paul Thorn - 8pm Headliner

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239-245-9910

11515 Bonita Beach Road SE

Bonita Springs, FL 34135

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“This is the culmination of my whole life in music, coming back to my gospel roots,” says Paul Thorn about his newest album, Don’t Let the Devil Ride. “My message on this record is ‘let’s get together’—I want to help lighten your load and make you smile.”

The son of a preacher man, Mississippi-raised Thorn spent much of his childhood in church, participating in multiple weekly services with his father as well as at neighboring African American congregations, where he became entranced with the music whose infectious spirit is captured on the new album.

Don’t Let the Devil Ride collects soulful songs originally cut by black southern gospel groups, and features guests Blind Boys of Alabama, the McCrary Sisters, the Preservation Hall Jazz Horns, and Bonnie Bishop.

The album was recorded at three temples of sound: the Sam C. Phillips Recording studio, whose namesake gave another son of Tupelo his start; at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, where Thorn worked as a songwriter for legendary producer Rick Hall early in his career; and at Preservation Hall, where horn players from the celebrated jazz venue lent songs a New Orleans vibe.

The new release marks Thorn’s first time recording gospel music, after a dozen albums in roots-rock mode, though his upbringing has previously been reflected in his creation of a body of strikingly original songs. In his own songwriting, Thorn often addresses the foibles of human relationships, although he doesn’t favor the sacred over the profane.




Venue opens at 5:30pm for cocktails and dinner in our front room**

Theater doors open at 6pm, dinner service begins for all table seating

Opening artist, Bonnie Bishop - 7pm

Paul Thorn - 8pm

If a ticket is purchased for a table seat (including counter tops), each seat must purchase a minimum $15 of food. If the $15 minimum food purchase is not met, the remaining balance may be charged to the customer.

**If you have a general admission ticket and make a reservation for dinner in our front room at least one day before the event, we will allow you to reserve your seat on the day of show when the theater doors open. Dinner service is available in our front room beginning at 5:30pm by reservation. Regular dinner service for sections table seating ticket holders begins in the theater at 6pm.


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