News Flash


Posted on: July 23, 2018

The Robinson Grand Performing Arts Center Releases GRAND OPENING Acts as Jay Leno and The Guess Who

RGPAC Grand Opening

Clarksburg, WV – The Robinson Grand Performing Arts Center announces its GRAND OPENING event on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. featuring acclaimed comedian and talk show host, Jay Leno, with after-party entertainment by the internationally-acclaimed Canadian rock band, The Guess Who.

Jay Leno began his career in night clubs doing stand-up comedy and moved on to late-night television appearances and guest hosting before hitting it big in 1992 with his own late-night talk show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. After being named to the Television Hall of Fame in 2014, he began starring in his own primetime series on NBC, Jay Leno’s Garage. The iconic comedian will be the headliner for the evening and will have audiences laughing and enjoying their time in the newly renovated and restored performance hall.

“Jay Leno is a good fit for our Grand Opening Event because he is a blue collar comedian at heart and enjoys entertaining down-to-earth and hard-working folks like those we have here in West Virginia. We know he will be engaged in our project here and his performance will become a landmark memory for the theatre,” remarks Executive Director, Ryan Tolley.

After the main act, patrons will be entertained with a high-energy after party featuring The Guess Who. The band formed in 1965 and quickly became successful throughout the late 60s and 70s with many hit singles including their #1 rock anthem “American Woman.” With over five decades in show business, The Guess Who promises an ear-pleasing arsenal of music for the ultimate rock-n-roll sing-a-long experience.

Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. with a start of show at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 20, 2018. Get your tickets at Tickets will go on sale on Tuesday, July 24 at 8:00 a.m. This event is made possible by partnership efforts on behalf of The Cultural Foundation of Harrison County and the Barbara B. Highland Fund for the Arts.

As the multi-million-dollar project comes to a dramatic close with the GRAND OPENING event on the horizon, Clarksburg City Manager, Martin Howe, reminisces over the four years of hard work and dedication and the City of Clarksburg’s aspirations in regards to what the Robinson Grand Performing Arts Center will become. “This announcement is such an honor, as these national headliners really place an exclamation mark on a very significant community and regional project that will allow for a wide range of use. The cooperation and support from the entire development and construction team to get to this pinnacle Grand Opening has been exceptional.”



Editor’s Note: Attached is a high-resolution photo which features the two grand opening artists.


Renovation and restoration of the Robinson Grand Performing Arts Center is a public-private partnership
of the City of Clarksburg, the North Central West Virginia region and The Cultural Foundation of Harrison County.
Get project updates on Twitter and Facebook.

Facebook Twitter Google Plus Email

Other News in Home


2018 Milling Route

Posted on: September 12, 2018
road closed 2

Lowndes Hill Slip Repair Project

Posted on: August 28, 2018

Fall Clean-Up

Posted on: August 21, 2018
statue of man holding rifle in front of brick building

City Manager's Report

Posted on: November 22, 2016
historic mansion with lawn and trees

Sign up for Notifications

Posted on: November 22, 2016
close up of column arch brickwork with another building in distance

Keep in Touch

Posted on: November 22, 2016
historic mansion with lawn and trees

Stay connected!

Posted on: November 22, 2016