New­born Opry re­vived, re­named Dixie Ju­bilee

The Covington News - - Local news - By Gabriel Khouli gkhouli@cov­

Lo­cal mu­si­cian Steve Big­gers has re­vived the New­born Opry, the semi­monthly coun­try and gospel mu­sic show at the Old School­house, and re­named it the New­born Dixie Ju­bilee. The Dixie Ju­bilee held its first con­cert Satur­day, fea­tur­ing gospel acts Den­nis Hyde, Halls of Glory Re­newed, Drew Parker and the house band, the Dixie Ram­blers.

The Opry ended its orig­i­nal 10-year run in De­cem­ber with a Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tion, but Big­gers plans to keep the group go­ing as long as he can.

“So many came and en­joyed the show. It was only twice a month, but it gave peo­ple a chance to see lo­cal en­ter­tain­ment. So many peo­ple asked me to keep it go­ing,” said Big­gers, a mem­ber of the house band. “It’s not a money mak­ing thing, just some­thing we wanted to for ev­ery­one… it’s a good fam­ily place.”

The Dixie Ju­bilee will main­tain the same sched­ule as the Opry, a gospel con­cert on the first Satur­day of the month and a coun­try gospel on the third Satur­day of the month. The doors open at 5 p.m., and the con­cert takes place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. There is a kitchen that ser­vice hot dogs, bar­be­cue sand­wiches, snacks and drinks and a din­ing room.

The show now re­quires a $3 do­na­tion, to cover rent and food costs, but chil­dren 15 and un­der re­ceive free ad­mis­sion. Any money above the rent and food costs will be given to vis­it­ing acts to help cover gas costs. Big­gers said 200 to 250 peo­ple at­tend on av­er­age.

The next show is on Jan. 15. The Old School­house is lo­cated just south of New­born’s main in­ter­sec­tion on Ga. High­way 142.

Dif­fer­ent bands will at­tend ev­ery per­for­mance and the Old School­house is al­ready booked up through Fe­bru­ary, Big­gers said.

The house band will take re­quests and wel­comes peo­ple to join them in sing­ing dur­ing the per­for­mance. The house band in­cludes acous­tic gui­tars, bass gui­tars, do­bros, drums and a key­board.

To see a sched­ule for the Dixie Ju­bilee view the Cov­ing­ton News cal­en­dar or friend Steve Big­gers on Face­book. TO get more in­for­ma­tion or get a book­ing, e-mail Big­gers at steve­ or call him at (770) 786-8662.

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