Sauder Concert Hall will soon be filled with the acoustic melodies of Lyle Lovett and Shawn Colvin for an evening of original music and storytelling.

The duo, who own seven Grammy Awards between them, are replacing the canceled “Evening with Garrison Keillor” in the 2017-18 Performing Arts Series.

Neither performer is new to the Goshen College stage. Both Lovett and Colvin have been featured in the Performing Arts Series in the past, though separately.

The long-time friends are coming together this Friday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m. to showcase their talents for the Goshen community.

“I think this combination and configuration—no band, just the two of them with their guitars singing songs and telling stories—is going to be very engaging and perfect for Sauder Concert Hall,” said Bryan Mast, Music Center director.

Performers for the series are chosen based on a variety of criteria, including consideration of musical genre and cost.

This show is unusual in that big-name performances are not generally added mid-year.

“We decided to this year because we canceled one of the previously scheduled shows,” said Mast. “We wanted another big show to replace it.”

Lyle Lovett, a singer, songwriter and actor, has produced 14 albums since the start of his career.

The musician, based in Texas, is known to blend elements of country, jazz, folk, blues and swing with expertise.

Lovett released his debut album in 1986 and has since made a name for himself as one of the most captivating musicians in popular music.

Lovett has received four Grammy Awards, was chosen for the Americana Music Association’s Trailblazer Award and was named ‘Texas State Musician.’

Shawn Colvin is no stranger to the spotlight. She was the recipient of three Grammy Awards, including Record and Song of the Year in 1998 for “Sunny Came Home.”

Colvin, a mainstay among singer-songwriters, has released 11 albums, written a memoir and been honored with the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Trailblazer Award by the Americana Music Association.

At the presentation of this award, Bonnie Raitt, singer/songwriter, said of Colvin: “She’s simply one of the best singers I’ve heard—and a truly gifted and deep songwriter and guitarist.”

The show opens at 7:30 p.m on March 23.

Tickets can be purchased online at, in person at the Music Center box office or by phone at 574-535-7566.

Ticket prices range from $45 to $60.