McKINNEY (March 3, 2016) — The McKinney Performing Arts Center (MPAC) begins its 10 year celebration with a special performance by Robert Earl Keen. Keen’s non-stop 75-minute show will be on Friday, April 1 at 8 p.m. in the Courtroom Theater at MPAC.

Keen is regarded as one of the Lone Star State’s finest true singer-songwriters with over 30 years of experience. His calling-card anthem “and the party never ends!” is routinely shouted back by his fans in his nightly performances. Keen has over a dozen records to his name and is known for songs like "The Road Goes on Forever,” "Wild Wind” and “Ready for Confetti.”

MPAC was named the best renovation and design project in Texas by Texas Construction magazine in 2006. After several years of painstaking rehabilitation, during which every aspect of the project was overseen and approved by the Texas Historic Commission, MPAC, located at the former Collin County Courthouse, revealed itself as a cleverly configured performance hall and meeting facility to serve the arts, corporations and community at large.

The 23,023-square-feet facility features a 440-seat Courtroom Theater and multiple spaces used as conference rooms and reception halls. It also features an art gallery as well as catering prep space. Throughout the last 10 years, the Courtroom Theater has proven itself a unique and intimate setting for performances from Michael Martin Murphy, Hal Holbrook’s Mark Twain show, the Oak Ridge Boys, Crystal Gayle and Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac to name a few.

The McKinney Community Development Corporation (MCDC), whose mission is to enhance McKinney’s aesthetic, cultural and leisure amenities funded the renovation of the facility, along with the City of McKinney, Collin County and community leaders and area philanthropists who stepped forward as donors.

“It’s a great thrill to have Robert Earl Keen join us as we kick off our 10-year anniversary celebration of this amazing community facility,” said Amy Rosenthal, MPAC/Main Street Program Director. “It’s sure to be an amazing show and we encourage attendees to make an evening of enjoying our vibrant historic downtown’s many amenities from great shopping, to fine dining.”

Tickets go on sale on Friday, March 4 and prices are $55 and $65. Tickets are available for purchase online, at MPAC, 111 N. Tennessee St., or by calling MPAC’s Emerson Ticket Office at 214-544-4630.


About McKinney

McKinney, Texas, is unique by nature. The city is No. 1 on America’s Best Places to Live list published by Money Magazine. As one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States, McKinney has a current population of nearly 162,000. Established in 1848, the city is located 30 miles north of Dallas and is the county seat of Collin County. McKinney offers award-winning schools, a vibrant historic downtown, diverse housing options, a robust economy and a uniquely beautiful natural setting, with rolling hills and lush trees. Visit the city’s website at