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