After darkening the stage for the month of August, the Port Theatre Arts and Cultural Center will have the marquee lit up again in the coming weeks.

First, on Sept. 14, comes a special concert as The Krickets celebrate the release of their second album, “Red Bird.”

The following week, Sept. 20, the “Thursdays at the Theatre” series returns with a performance from Billy Dean, known as “The American Troubadour.”

The Krickets came together to play a cancer benefit and are now releasing their second studio album.

The album was recorded in Nashville with producer Sam Ashworth, the group recording 12 songs (of 20 written for the album), including a music video song series for Scenes Media.

The group described the “whirlwind” experience on their website, calling it “crazy wonderful.”

“Red Bird” is the follow-up to the 2016 release, “Spanish Moss Sirens.”

That debut, produced by Ben Tanner of the Alabama Shakes, showcased the “folk-harmony-driven” songs with “earthy acoustic instrumentation” that was labeled by Paste Magazine “a truly stunning one-of-a-kind sound.”

The band was named the 2016 IMEA Folk Artist of the Year and received the 2016 Folk Singer/Songwriter Song of the Year at the Independent Music Awards.

The Krickets, as group, emerged from a benefit concert the four played to honor Cristina “Cricket” Russell, who passed away of breast cancer at a young age.

The group donates a portion of all album sales to The Cricket Fund and Beyond which provides women’s health services to the uninsured.

Those who supported the new album, “Red Bird,” at $100 or above during the Kickstarter campaign will receive two free VIP tickets to the release concert next week at the Port Theatre.

Doors open for VIP tickets at 6 p.m. ET with a meet-and-greet and a free drink ticket.

Doors open for general admission at 6:45 p.m. with The Krickets taking the stage at 7 p.m. ET.

Tickets are $25 for general admission, $50 for VIP.

Dean was born in Quincy and now lives there with his wife.

Discovered on “Star Search” and signed by Columbia Records, Dean has released multiple gold records.

His first gold record, “Young Man” in 1990, included the song “Somewhere in My Broken Heart” which was nominated for a Grammy for Song of the Year and was the Song of the Year at the American Country Music Awards.

Dean won a Grammy in 1996 for “Amazing Grace, A Country Tribute to Gospel” which featured Martina McBride, Allison Krauss, the Charlie Daniels Band and others.

He was inducted in the Florida Artist Hall of Fame in 2017 and has performed with stars such as the Judds, Kenny Rogers, Clint Black, Alan Jackson and Wynonna Judd.

Tickets to see Dean Sept. 20 are $15 for general admission, $30 for VIP.

As with The Krickets, VIP entry is at 6 p.m. ET and includes a meet-and-greet and free drink ticket.

Doors open for general admission at 6:45 p.m. with Dean taking the stage at 7 p.m. ET.

For tickets and more information about the upcoming shows visit