Staff Report

Country music superstar Clint Black will make his first appearance at Solvang Festival Theater in three years when he headlines a show on Thursday, Oct. 3.

The concert is a benefit for the nonprofit theater, with all proceeds going into maintenance of the iconic 45-year-old outdoor venue.

Black is appearing in Solvang while he’s on tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of his groundbreaking triple-platinum debut album, “Killin’ Time.” Music critics and millions of fans consider it one of the finest country music albums ever produced. It included five consecutive No. 1 singles and changed the face of modern country music.

“Killin’ Time” was followed by the triple-platinum “Put Yourself in My Shoes,” and a string of platinum and gold albums throughout the ’90s. During that time, he wrote or co-wrote every one of his more than three dozen chart hits.

More albums followed in 2004, 2005 and 2007, after which he took a break from recording new music and moved into acting and producing children’s songs. In 2015 Black released “On Purpose,” an album dedicated to his late father.

“My dad was a huge country music fan and is the first reason I listen to country music,” Black said. “He is probably the reason I’m a songwriter today.”

Black has a Grammy Award and numerous Country Music Association, American Music, and Academy of Country Music awards to his credit. He also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and the music starts at 8 p.m. The show is sponsored in part by Firestone Walker Brewing Company.

For sponsorship information, email Tickets for this fundraiser range from $155 to $65. To purchase tickets, visit or call 805-686-1789.

Solvang Festival Theater is at 420 2nd Street, Solvang.

For more information, call Mary Ann Norbom at 805-686-1789.