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Country icon Martina McBride returns to F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on May 1

Country icon Martina McBride returns to F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on May 1
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From a press release:

It was announced today that award-winning powerhouse vocalist and country icon Martina McBride, known for hits like “Independence Day,” “A Broken Wing,” and “Concrete Angel,” will return to the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Friday, May 1 at 7 p.m.

McBride previously performed at the Kirby Center in 2017 with Lauren Alaina on her Love Unleashed Tour, promoting her latest studio album of original music, “Reckless.”

Tickets, which are $39.50, $66.50, and $96.50, plus fees, go on sale this Friday, Feb. 7 at 10 a.m. and will be available at the Sundance Vacations Box Office at the Kirby Center (71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre), online at, and by phone at 570-826-1100. A Kirby Member pre-sale begins Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 10 a.m.

Martina McBride’s incomparable vocals have kept her at the top of the charts, garnering six No. 1 hits and 20 Top 10 singles. Selling more than 18 million albums to date, McBride has earned 14 gold, nine platinum, three double platinum, and two triple platinum certifications.

Most recently, McBride released “It’s the Holiday Season,” a nine-song holiday album. For this record, McBride collaborated with the late Patrick “Pat” Williams, who arranged a set of classic Christmas songs with accompaniment from more than 35 world-class musicians at the famed Capitol Studio in Los Angeles and Blackbird Studio in Nashville. This release follows her 1998 multi-platinum “White Christmas.”

On Oct. 30, 2018, she released her second cookbook, “Martina’s Kitchen Mix: My Recipe Playlist for Real Life.” The new collection includes nearly 300 pages of family recipes and new creations from her own kitchen. In 2014, McBride released her first book, “Around the Table,” a full-color illustrated collection of her favorite recipes, hosting tips, practical menu planning advice, and themed décor inspiration.

2018 also saw the debut of McBride’s Food Network show “Martina’s Table.” She shares recipes from her cookbooks, what life on the road is like, and hosts inspirational gatherings for friends and family. “Martina’s Table” can currently be seen on the Food Network every Sunday and through most streaming providers.

McBride has been honored with more than 15 major music awards, including four wins from the Country Music Association and three Academy of Country Music Awards for Female Vocalist of the Year. When Martina isn’t in the studio, she focuses her time on charitable causes dear to her heart.

Through her Team Music Is Love charity initiative, McBride partners with nonprofit causes to help many of the communities she’s performing in. She also invites fans to join her team in making the world a better place through the power of music. Since 2011, Team Music Is Love has been responsible for many successful fundraising and volunteer projects helping causes, such as hunger relief, cancer research, combating domestic violence, and helping children in need. McBride has been awarded the Covenant House Beacon of Hope Award and Music Business Association’s prestigious Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award for her philanthropic efforts on behalf of domestic violence.