AVON PARK — Exile kicked off its 60th anniversary year with several projects, including a new record, a documentary, and the current tour aptly named “A Million Miles Later” which comes to the Alan Jay Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts at South Florida State College (SFSC) on Friday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m.
The tour will highlight Exile’s hits like the four-week No. 1 song “Kiss You All Over,” “Woke Up in Love,” “Give Me One More Chance,” “I Can’t Get Enough,” and “Super Love,” as well as new songs from the upcoming record “A Million Miles Later.” The performance is part of the AdventHealth Trending Now Series which includes performances by Country Music Association (CMA) Award winners Thompson Square, Rumours (Fleetwood Mac tribute), and The Brothers Doobie. The Exile concert is sponsored by the Olympic Restaurant in Avon Park.
“Exile has toured with Aerosmith, Fleetwood Mac, The Oak Ridge Boys, Kenny Rogers, and The Judds,” said Cindy Garren, director of cultural programs. “We’re thrilled that they are coming to South Florida State College. We’ve got the best big city entertainment with small town prices. Tickets start at $18 and groups of 12 or more can save 50% on admission. Subscriptions packages to the AdventHealth Trending Now Series start at $94 — that’s less than $25 per concert.”
On Sept. 30, 1978, the award-winning band that had initially set out to play small clubs in Richmond, Ky., back in 1963, skyrocketed to worldwide fame with a multiweek chart-topper “Kiss You All Over.” In fact, it made Billboard’s Year End Hot 100 Singles of 1978 (Top 5) and later placed in Billboard’s The 50 Sexiest Songs of All Time (Top 10) category. The iconic song has been showcased in feature films such as “Happy Gilmore,” “Employee of the Month,” “Zookeeper,” and “Wildhogs.”
In the early 1980s, Exile began to focus on country music. During its run on the country charts, Exile had 10 No. 1 singles including “I Don’t Want to Be A Memory,” “Give Me One More Chance,” and “She’s A Miracle.” The band members wrote their own songs, played on all their recordings, and also proved to be prolific songwriters composing hits for other artists such as Alabama, Restless Heart, Huey Lewis, Diamond Rio, Janie Fricke, and many more. During this country phase, Exile received 11 nominations including Vocal Group of The Year and Best Instrumental Performance for the Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music awards.
The five original Exile members re-formed in 2008 with J.P. Pennington, Les Taylor, Sonny LeMaire, Marlon Hargis, and Steve Goetzman. The Kentucky Music Hall of Fame members continued to perform for legions of fans on the 2018 No Limit Tour and have appeared over 100 times on the Grand Ole Opry. Exile recently released their latest project “Hits” and the album contains 11 No. 1 songs spanning three decades, along with four additional top 10s. The ultimate, crossover band has sold over 8 million records worldwide, with three gold albums.
The Alan Jay Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts is located on the Highlands Campus of SFSC at 600 West College Drive in Avon Park. Since 1984, the 1,460-seat theater hosts international tours, Broadway tours, Grammy award winners, music concerts, and free performances. Funding is provided in part by the Florida Department of State, Division of Arts & Culture.
Tickets can be purchased online at sfscARTS.org, by phone at 863-784-7178, or by visiting the SFSC Box Office Monday to Friday, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Upcoming shows include: a musical version of “A Christmas Carol” on Nov. 28; “Daybreak – The music of Barry Manilow” on Jan. 9; New Orleans Nighthawks on Jan. 14; “Yesterday: A Tribute to the Beatles” on Jan. 16; Thompson Square on Jan. 20; “Croce Plays Croce” on Jan. 27 and more. To view videos and see the complete schedule, visit sfscARTS.org.