American Idol ‘Golden Ticket’ recipient plays the CEPA stage Feb. 27

On February 27, American Idol 2018 contestant Brandon Elder will perform for CEPA’s singer/songwriter series, Local Sounds.

According to the Times Daily, Elder auditioned for American Idol in September 2017 at the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in Tuscumbia, where he received a Golden Ticket, which guaranteed him a trip to Hollywood to perform for the popular TV show. Out of around 1,200 auditions that day, only a few dozen golden tickets were handed out, with Brandon being one of the lucky few.

American Idol premieres March 11 at on ABC, but you have the chance to see this Idol contestant first at the Center for Education and Performing Arts in Pell City. The show on Tuesday, Feb. 27 begins at 7 p.m. and features a special performance by Abby Hufnagle.

Local Sounds Tickets are on sale now. Prices are $7 prior to the event. On the day of the event, tickets will be sold at the door for $10. Kids under 12 attend free.

To purchase tickets, visit You can also call the center at (205) 338-1974 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on weekdays or visit us during the same times at our office next to Pell City High School (25 Williamson Drive, Pell City, AL 35125).



Funeral Services set for CEPA Board Member Randy Mason

Randy Mason


Services for Randy Mason, a member of the Board of Directors for CEPA Management Corporation since 2014, will be held Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 at New Hope Baptist Church in Eden.

Visitation will take place from noon-2 p.m. with the funeral set to begin at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Zachary Mason Memorial Scholarship Fund at Metro Bank.


Run Through the Jungle is coming back March 24!

CEPA’s most popular performance from the past two years, a Veterans Day Tribute show featuring The WingNuts called Run Through the Jungle, is returning to the CEPA stage on March 24. The performance in November was the highlight of CEPA’s Fall Season, and fans demanded its return as soon as possible.

Tickets Available Friday, Feb. 22 at 10 a.m. – Click Here!

“So many people told us they wished they could have been there,” said Donnie Todd, lead guitarist for The WingNuts. “Others told us right after the first show that we needed to make it an annual event. We decided an encore was definitely in order”. 

The show is titled “Run Through the Jungle” after the iconic Creedence Clearwater Revival song. It featured a collection of popular songs from the Vietnam War era performed while images from that time period scrolled on the screen in the CEPA theater.

The November performance served as a fundraiser for local veterans, raising more than $7,000 for St. Clair County Veterans Outreach. A primary goal for sponsors of the November show was to be sure all veterans who want to attend had an opportunity, and CEPA will again seek sponsors to cover tickets for local veterans.

If you or your business would like to support tickets for veterans, or if you’d like to know more about the show, contact CEPA at or call (205) 338-1974. Tickets will go on sale first to our email subscribers, so be sure to sign up and stay informed.

The Wingnuts have been making music together since 2011 and play throughout the southeast. They include a District Judge, a Commercial Pilot, an Engineer (not the train kind), a farm equipment salesperson, a retired police officer, a real estate mortgage specialist, and a retired domestic goddess.

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Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee returns March 8

On March 8 at 7 p.m., the biggest fundraiser of the year for the St. Clair County Chapter of The Literacy Council of Central Alabama returns to CEPA. It’s time again for the Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee!

Last year, the team “IB4E” composed of Ann Hamilton, Joan Wright and Donna Hogan. Hamilton, took home the top prize in a hard-fought contest against the “SPELLICANS” form Jefferson State Community College, whose members were Jacob Melvin, David McRae and Amanda McDaniel.

The event raised more than $2,000 for the Literacy Council, which uses the funds in its mission to end illiteracy in St. Clair County by offering one-on-one tutoring and provides reading materials. Continue reading