Omnova Theater Shows

Join us for a variety of great events, upstairs in the Omnova Theater!

We have concerts, theatrical plays, writer’s talks, lectures, and more! 

Unless otherwise noted, all events are the following price:

Members: $15 advance | Non-members: $20 advance | $20 Day of show

DAN PENN - Saturday, October 8th

Dan Penn is a singer-songwriter, producer and musician who is perhaps best known for being the co-writer (with Lincoln “Chips” Moman) of such hits as Aretha Franklin’s “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man” and James Carr’s “The Dark End of the Street.” He is also famous for his partnership with Spooner Oldham, which produced James and Bobby Purify’s “I’m Your Puppet,” Percy Sledge’s “It Tears Me Up,” and other pop-soul classics. As a songwriter for FAME and its predecessor, SPAR Music, during the early 1960s, Penn played a significant role in the development of the Muscle Shoals music scene.

ADAM HOOD- Friday, October 21st

Solo artist. Frontman. Behind-the-scenes songwriter. For more than a decade, Adam Hood has left his mark both onstage and in the writing room, carving out a southern sound that mixes equal parts country, soul and American roots music. It's a sound that began shape in Opelika, Alabama. Raised by working-class parents, Hood started playing hometown shows as a 16 year-old, landing a weekly residency at a local restaurant. He'd perform there every Friday and Saturday night, filling his set list with songs by John Hiatt, Hank Williams Jr, and Vince Gill. As the years progressed, the gigs continued — not only in his home state, but across the entire country. Eventually even landing himself a three-year nationwide tour opening for Leon Russell.

LITTLE FREDDIE KING - Friday, December 2nd

Born in McComb, Mississippi in 1940, Fread E. Martin grew up playing alongside his blues guitar-picking father (Jessie James Martin), then rode the rails to New Orleans during the early fifties where he crossed paths with itinerant South Louisiana blues man such as "Poka- Dot" Slim and "Boogie" Bill Webb whose unique country-cum-urban styles would influence his own. Honing his guitar chops at notorious joints like the Bucket of Blood (which he later immoralized in song), he jammed and gigged with Bo Diddley and John Lee Hooker, and also played bass for Freddy King during one of the guitarist's stints in New Orleans. People began comparing the two musicians' styles, hence Martin's nome-de-plume. While well-vested in a variety of styles, nowadays Little Freddie sounds a lot more like his cousin Lightin' Hopkins - albeit after a three day corn liquor bender! Nevertheless, the King sobriquet if fitting, as Freddie is undeniably the monarch of the Crescent City blues scene.

A WINTER'S EVENING WITH RYANHOOD- Wednesday, December 14th

An evening of songs and storytelling, heartstrings and laughter, A Winter’s Evening with Ryanhood is a live holiday touring show based on the duo's record, On Christmas, that showcases the high-energy, big-harmony, dueling acoustic guitar approach that Ryanhood fans across the country have come to expect. Featuring a blend of original holiday compositions, wintry covers, and reworked classics woven together with holiday stories and memories, Ryan David Green and Cameron Hood invite you to experience the joy, depth, intimacy, and excitement of the holiday season.

"I feel so grateful to have had the opportunity to come into a community for the first time and have every seat taken with kind, attentive people that are happy to listen to every song and every story. It was truly an honor, a pleasure, and a very memorable evening for me."
Adam Hood, after his performance in the Omnova Theater on January 24, 2020
Singer-Songwriter
"We had such a fun time playing the Columbus Arts Council's upstairs theater. Great sound, stage and an engaged and lively audience. We felt welcomed into the community right away by the kind and helpful staff. We can't wait to return!"
The Rough & Tumble, After their gig in the Omnova Theater on October 18, 2019
Self-described dumpster-folk, thriftstore-Americana duo

ANNUAL EVENTS

Young People's Artists Series

Educating and entertaining children through the magic of music and theater- to inspire imagination, challenge minds, and enrich a child’s life.