Boom­town Opry re­turns Satur­day

Show to fea­ture com­edy, live mu­sic

El Dorado News-Times - - Front Page - By the News-Times staff

The Boom­town Opry will re­turn to the El Do­rado Mu­nic­i­pal Au­di­to­rium on Satur­day, bring­ing an­other round of en­ter­tain­ment to the lo­cal area.

Known as a Bran­son, Mis­souri style va­ri­ety show fea­tur­ing live mu­sic, com­edy, danc­ing and other fam­ily-friendly en­ter­tain­ment, the Boom­town Opry be­gan pre­sent­ing monthly shows in the area in May.

The Boom­town Opry fea­tures a house band led by BJ Kyle, who has toured pro­fes­sion­ally with Colt Ford, Craig Mor­gan, Tracy Lawrence, Kel­lie Pick­ler and oth­ers. Lo­cal ac­tor/ singer Steve Har­rell is the em­cee and lo­cal coun­try duo South­ern Koast (Keith Owens and Su­san Tolin) pro­vide back­ground vo­cals.

Satur­day’s show will fea­ture La­cie Car­pen­ter, Jesse Mid­dle­ton, Carl Jack­son, Bruce Mur­ray, Re­becca Rain­wa­ter, the Sil­ver Kick­ers dance group and the com­edy of Mike Means and Charley Hank­ins.

Car­pen­ter was born and raised in Texas and now re­sides in Nash­ville, Ten­nessee. The fiddler is able to use ei­ther her four-string acoustic or her seven-string fret­ted, Mark Wood Viper elec­tric vi­o­lin. Ac­cord­ing to a re­lease, she has been called “the artist to watch out for in Texas.”

Mid­dle­ton has opened for artists such as Mel McDaniel, Vern Gos­din and Ray Price and was a reg­u­lar in the Oak­lawn Opry in Texarkana, Texas, as well as a for­mer mem­ber of the staff band for the Franklin Opry in Winns­boro, Louisiana, and the Delta Mu­sic Show­case in Fer­ri­day, Louisiana.

Jack­son is from Hope and per­forms Charley Pride songs. Mur­ray and Rain­wa­ter, both from El Do­rado, au­di­tioned for the show back in July and are mak­ing their first ap­pear­ance with the Opry. The Sil­ver Kick­ers are a lo­cal line dance group and Means and Hank­ins are mem­bers of the lo­cal im­prov com­edy troupe Gimme A Sec­ond.

Any aspir­ing singers may au­di­tion for fu­ture shows be­fore re­hearsals on show day around 2 p.m.

Tick­ets are $10 at the door of the El Do­rado Mu­nic­i­pal Au­di­to­rium, with chil­dren ages 12 and un­der ad­mit­ted free. The Boom­town Opry is a fam­ily-friendly event with no al­co­hol sold dur­ing the show.

The Boom­town Opry is part­ner­ing with the El Do­rado Boys & Girls Club, with a por­tion of show pro­ceeds ben­e­fit­ing the club. In re­turn, the club pro­vides vol­un­teers to staff each show.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Boom­town Opry, fol­low their Face­book page at face­ Boom­townOpry .

Hank­ins, Means





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