The Voice of Franz, Ron­nie Dove & Ron­nie McDow­ell pre­miere in Bal­ti­more

The Avenue News - - FRONT PAGE - By: LISA HAR­LOW

The show is be­ing billed as a “Triple Threat” but it will be more like a triple treat for mu­sic fans! For the first time ever, The Voice of Franz (Franz Goovaerts), Ron­nie Dove and Ron­nie McDow­ell will per­form all in one show on Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 26 at the Charles Ever­ing VFW Post in Rosedale.

Ac­cord­ing to Goovaerts, the show will be per­fect for all ages, as Ron­nie Dove show­cases hits from the 60s, Ron­nie McDow­ell will fea­ture songs from the 70s and 80s, and he will cover Elvis and other songs from re­cent decades.

Dar­lene War­ren, the show’s pro­moter and Goovaerts’ man­ager, said the show has been a long time com­ing.

“I have been work­ing with Ron­nie Dove for 30 years and I have known Ron­nie McDow­ell since 1978. They are both fans of each other mu­si­cally and per­son­ally. Franz is the ic­ing on the cake! I am thrilled that I am able to de­but this show in Bal­ti­more,” said War­ren. “I love these three en­ter­tain­ers and I love Bal­ti­more so it just made sense to do it here first.” Goovaerts, an Elvis trib­ute art

ist who has branched out into other gen­res, has been singing in the U.S. for the past 20 years, com­mut­ing from his na­tive Erquelinnes, Bel­gium, un­til this sum­mer when he and his fam­ily moved to the Mary­land full time. He is well known for his shows dur­ing Elvis Week each Au­gust in Mem­phis, Ten­nessee, where he was crowned the Im­ages of the King World Cham­pion in 2006.

“As al­ways, I re­ally love Amer­ica. Now that I am liv­ing here, I am even more in­ter­ested in the coun­try. Be­fore when I would come to sing, I was just on hol­i­day, but now it is home,” said Goovaerts.

He even sang for Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump when he was in Bal­ti­more cam­paign­ing at a Na­tional Guard event prior to the elec­tion. Goovaerts re­turns to Bel­gium every three or four months to keep his Euro­pean fans happy.

“It’s a real plea­sure to be on stage with these le­gends,” said Goovaerts. “I am re­ally hon­ored. Ron­nie McDow­ell and Ron­nie Dove are real artists. Per­form­ing with them now, I feel like I have come full cir­cle.”

Ron­nie McDow­ell’s band, which in­cludes his son, Ron­nie McDow­ell, Jr. and his nephew Jody McDow­ell, will be back­ing up both McDow­ell and Dove for the show. They will also play a few songs with Goovaerts.

McDow­ell rose to fame fol­low­ing the death of Elvis Pres­ley in 1977, when he wrote and recorded his trib­ute song “The King Is Gone” on the in­de­pen­dent Scor­pion la­bel. The record took off on coun­try and pop sta­tions world­wide, and to date it has sold more than 5 mil­lion copies.

McDow­ell started off per­form­ing mainly Elvis cov­ers, but then branched out. He writes much of his own mu­sic and also writes for other artists such as Ge­orge Strait.

Stay­ing true to his love of Elvis, he has been the voice of Elvis in hun­dreds of shows and movies. He con­tin­ues to tour all year long with his band.

Na­tion­ally ac­claimed record­ing star Ron­nie Dove emerged on the mu­sic scene more than 50 years ago, and he has strong roots in Bal­ti­more. Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from high school in Vir­ginia, Dove joined the U.S. Coast Guard and was sta­tioned in Bal­ti­more, where he started his ca­reer singing Elvis cov­ers in lo­cal pubs on his nights off.

He headed to Nashville In the fall of 1964, and went on to pro­duce 23 con­sec­u­tive na­tional and in­ter­na­tional top ten records and all over tour North Amer­ica. He guested on many ra­dio and tele­vi­sion shows in­clud­ing Mike Dou­glas, Merv Grif­fin, Amer­i­can Band­stand and the Ed Sul­li­van Show.

Still tour­ing to­day, Dove en­joys com­ing back to Bal­ti­more, and long­time fans con­tinue to flock to his shows. Adding McDow­ell and Goovaerts to the mix makes for a full af­ter­noon of live mu­sic and en­ter­tain­ment.

Triple Threat: The Voice of Franz, Ron­nie Dove and Ron­nie McDow­ell

Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 26 from 2 to 6 p.m.

Charles Ever­ing VFW Post 6506, 8777 Philadelphia Rd, Rosedale, MD 21237.

Tick­ets: $40. Re­served seat­ing.

For tick­ets and more in­for­ma­tion, call Dar­lene at 443-922-7879 or Donna at 443-942-1234.

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