|Bryant, Carter, Santana Hope & Sidewalkers To Perform|
Clifton Forge, VA (Jan. 29 2018) - The Virginia Opry will open its 27th performance season with its band and vocalists sharing the Historic Masonic Theatreâs stage with special guests Keith Bryant, Mike Carter, and Santana Hope and the Sidewalkers on Sat., Feb. 17, at 7:00 p.m.
William R. Nicely, director and vocalist, remarked, âThe âSweetheart Showâ will be a good opportunity for couples to celebrate Valentineâs Day on the weekend, and I promise it will be a great experience.â
Bryant, a Nashville recording artist who has had âBillboardâ hits such as âRiding with a Legendâ and âWaking Amy,â will make his return to The Virginia Opry after a 2017 guest performance.
Mike Carter, a multi-instrument musician and vocalist, has performed with such bands as The Moonshine Express. He has been billed as âThe Local Cowboy.â He will make his debut on The Virginia Opry.
Santana Hope and the Sidewalkers will also make its debut on The Virginia Opry that was honored by the Virginia General Assembly in 2017 via âResolution 397â for presenting 25 years of country music shows in the Alleghany Highlands.
The Virginia Opry features its own vocalists: Kim Cahoon, the lone original member; Mike and Laura Snead, a husband and wife duo that performs as âMilk and Honey,â and Holly Nicely, Williamâs wife.
The band members who perform as vocalists are Charlotte Ivy, âthe Token Texanâ who plays rhythm guitar; Billy Berberette, bass; Dave Aiken, lead guitar; Bobbi Jo Huffman, mandolin; and Stephen Peery, keyboard.
Band members not performing as vocalists in the âSweetheart Showâ are B.T. Ross, drummer; and Denny Fitzgerald, banjo and dobro.
The Virginia Opry was founded by Appalfolks of America Association, owner of the Historic Masonic Theatre from 1991 till 2003 when the non-profit organization donated the theatre to the Town of Clifton Forge, the current owner. The late Dan Seals, The Lonesome River Band, The Farm Hands and Michael Hoover are some of the guest performers on past opry shows.
Tickets may be purchased in advance for $10 general admission for all except box seats. Box seats are $25 per seat. Tickets are $2 more the day of the show. The box office number is (540) 862-5655. The theatre is located at 510 Main Street in Clifton Forge.
M. Ray Allen, founder and executive director of The Virginia Opry, said, âThe Virginia Opry has drawn country music lovers from a wide area of Virginia and from out of state, and I recall a couple from Charleston, West Virginia, sitting in the balcony swaying to âAkey Breaky Heartâ that Joey Robinson, our rhythm guitarist at the time, was singing.â
He concluded, âA tour bus from Fort Payne, Alabama, brought 35 country music fans to the theatre for one of our Virginia Opryâs shows, and the tourists gave our performers a standing ovation and stood and clapped earlier while âSweet Home Alabamaâ was being performed.â