On a continuous exploration of great American music, the Small Town Concert Series is mining the motherlode of real country music. They’re off and rolling to the honky tonk beat with a Tribute to the Grand Ole Opry — with an emphasis on the “Ole”. Featured songs will almost unanimously be from 1964 or before; the songs are chosen from featured country music greats, including Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, Sr., Kitty Wells, and others.
The Grand Ole Opry is a weekly American country music stage concert in Nashville, Tennessee, that has an illustrious history. It has presented the biggest stars of the genre for nearly 85 years. Broadcast by WSM-AM, it is also the longest-running live radio program in history since its beginnings in 1925 as a one-hour showcase for rural music. Considered an American icon, the Grand Ole Opry show attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world and millions of radio and Internet listeners. Today part of the American landscape, it is “the show that made country music famous.”
At Old Saybrook’s premier music and arts showcase venue, the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, the Small Town Concert Series is presenting two and a half hours of great American music (with an intermission) on Friday, March 5th, 2010. All this for only $20 a ticket! Fans of music and music history will surely jump at this amazing offer. The performers are some of the area’s best singers and musicians: Lauren Agnelli, Rodney Maxwell, Clayton Allen, Joell Jacob, Rose Bengston, Brian Wolfe. . . producer Matthew Male is rightly proud of this upcoming event, stellar by virtue of the pedigree of the music:
Real country, real songs, real emotion: March 5, 2010. Don’t you dare miss it! (This is their 26th production since the inception of Small Town Concert Series in 2007. . . )