Boot City Opry Calendar
|August 1, 2015|
Mike Porter and sister Marsha Banning have been performing and harmonizing their way to the hearts of audiences from TN to the Midwest states of Indiana, Iowa and Illinois, where they are active members of the Illinois Country Music Association. They grew up on Traditional/Contemporary Country, and the 50′s and 60′s songs that could be heard at the town square on Saturday night, as well as the upbeat Southern Gospel favorites they sang every Sunday morning in church. Growing up on Panther Creek Lane, the two became dubbed the “Panther Creek Duo”. Mike also began to excel in the art of Yodeling and performing legendary Rockabilly artists like Elvis, Roy Orbison and Jerry Lee Lewis.
The Panther Creek Duo has won various awards, and performed on the same stage as Joe Diffie, Confederate Railroad, & Clay Walker, to name a few. They are currently the 2008 Illinois Country Music Association’s Duo of the year (for the 4th consecutive year in a row), and their album, “Panther Creek Duo”, has been named 2007 NACMAI Country Music Album of the Year. Mike was also named The 2005 International Grand Champion Yodeler, so yodeling songs are always a unique favorite at his shows. He has opened for Loretta Lynn, Ronnie McDowell and Phil Vasser, to name a few.
Mike currently has 10 albums total, the most recent being, “Nashville Ain’t Gonna Come To Me”. This self written album has already earned 2 International awards and was named the 2008 Illinois Country Music Association’s Album Recording of the Year. In March 2007, Mike was awarded NACMAI Songwriter of the Year, for the title track, “Nashville Ain’t Gonna Come To Me”, and 2007 NACMAI Songwriter of the Year (Holiday), for “It just Don’t Feel Like Christmas”, featured on the album. He also has albums featuring his Classic Country, 50′s and 60′s and Yodeling favorites.
Mike has earned the title of Illinois Country Music Association’s Songwriter of the Year, Entertainer of the Year and the 2008 Male Vocalist in an Opry for his creation and performances in the “Gym Bob’s Jamboree Show”, www.GymBobs.com.
In March of 2009, he earned the title of “The 2009-10 Prairie Thunder Country Idol” winner, (finals were held at the U.S Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, IL).
|August 8, 2015|
The Retro Band:
During the mid-1950’s four young men, who would become four of the greatest entertainers of all time, launched their careers in a small recording studio in Memphis, Tennessee called Sun Records. These four entertainers toured together and became best of friends as much as rivals. They would create the ‘rockabilly’ sound, revolutionize ‘rock & roll’ and have a major influence on other genres such as ‘country’, ‘pop’ and ‘rhythm & blues’. The four entertainers are….Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis; collectively referred to as the ‘Million Dollar Quartet’.
Join the Retro Band at the Boot City Opry on Saturday August 8th as The Retro Band pays tribute to the ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ and follows their careers from their humble beginnings in the 1950’s to their legendary icon status throughout the ‘60’s & ‘70’s.
|August 15, 2015|
Brian Shartzer started his musical career in 2007 with no musical background “He sang in his truck”, from llliopolis starting from scratch. He just started going around to all the local bands asking if he could join, Fast forward to 2013 Shartzer heads his own band, a Garth Brooks tribute act, becoming a respected performer in his own right.
|August 29, 2015|
Christy Miller, from Hudson, KY, was born into a musical family. Growing up, family functions were always full of various members of her family sitting around singing and playing every instrument made. Her love for performing started in high school and has become her passion. Her heart is in Country Music but with her soulful voice she is no stranger to Blues, Rock, R&B, Bluegrass and Gospel.
|October 17, 2015|
A name that is recognized worldwide in any genre of music, The Statler Brothers. First performing at local churches until fate brought them together with Country giant Johnny Cash in 1964. Entering that relationship as the backup vocals for Johnny on stage, records, and T.V. During their eight and a half years with the Man in Black, they recorded their first hit record, “Flowers on the Wall”, and became regulars on the weekly Johnny Cash Show, seen on ABC T.V.
Leaving Cash in 1972, they continued with such hits as “Bed of Roses”, “Class of ’57″, and “I’ll Go to My Grave Loving You.” The original harmonies, sense of humor, and lyrical style of writing highlighted a career that led them to the top of the music charts countless times and to a concert touring success that packed arenas and theaters.
From 1990 to 1998, they hosted The Statler Brothers Show, their own weekly top-rated variety show on the Nashville Network. With more than forty albums to their credit, The Statler Brothers have been honored with three Grammy Awards, nine Counrty Music Association awards for vocal group of the year, and two Academy of Country Music awards. They have also been inducted into The Country Music Hall of Fame, and have been awarded more than any other Country Music act. Their songs have been featured on several movie soundtracks, such as “Charlotte’s Web” in Smokey and the Bandit II, and “Flowers on the Wall” in Pulp Fiction. Legends Radio, to this date, favors The Statler Brothers. They have been called America’s Poets.
Today you can relive the musical memories of The Statler Brothers through American Pride. They have captured the true aunthenticity of The Statler Brothers sound, keeping the legacy alive and promoting traditional Country Music, which is generational, yet crosses age boundaries.
Just as The Statler Brothers had two members who are actually brothers, Harold and Don Reid, so does American Pride, as Mike and Jimmy Whetsel are also brothers. Both the Reid brothers and the Whetsel brothers have a life-long love for Southern Gospel quartet music, and still find that audiences at all venues cannot help but clap their hands and pat their feet to “I’ll Fly Away” or “Heaven’s Jubilee.”
|October 24, 2015|
|October 31, 2015|
Fiddle player and vocalist, Dennis Stroughmatt, will perform
a tribute to Country Legend Ray Price at the Boot City Opry on
April 12th. Stroughmatt has strong credentials in the music field,
having played at the Kennedy Center and the Library of Congress.
Recently, Stroughmatt completed a tribute CD to Ray Price with
the accompaniment of Price’s band, the Cherokee Cowboys. The
Ray Price CD will be officially be released when Stroughmatt
hosts the Earnest Tubb Midnight Jamboree on April 19th. Copies
of the CD will be available prior to the official release at the Boot
City Opry on April 12th.
If you like the Music of Ray Price you will thrilled with
the performance of Dennis Stroughmatt and his band. You will
revisit some of the greatest music of all times including, For the
Good Times, Burning Memories, Danny Boy, and many others.
|November 7, 2015|
The Lloyd Wood show- a perennial favorite of the Boot City Opry. Wood and his band never fail to present an exciting country western show with the greatest country music of all times. Additionally, Lloyd is an accomplished impersonator, mocking characters from Walter Brennen to Bugs Bunny. Woods is an extremely seasonal and personable entertainer that operated his own show in Nashville, Indiana for many years.
|November 14, 2015|
Not just a Rockabilly revival…It’s a retro-Rock n’ Roll Evolution!
Experience the fiery energy of The Neverly Brothers live performances as they rock out
classic hits of 1950s American Rockabilly and early 1960s British invasion acts -
- it’s a retro-sonic joyride from Elvis to The Beatles!
The Neverly Brothers are not an “oldies cover band,” nor are they a tribute act. They are a unique and exciting NATIONAL TOURING CONCERT THEATER HEADLINE retro-rock revue – in a league of their own…AND ABOVE ALL THEY ARE TRUE ENTERTAINERS! During their high energy live shows their song sequence & selection, accompanied by narrative historical footnotes, will illustrate how the music and energy of the 1950s American Rockabilly & Rock n’ Roll pioneers set the stage for the adventurous young bands of the 1960s British Invasion movement. Their repertoire consists of show-stopping renditions of early hits by Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Buddy Holly, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Dave Clark Five and more!!! and many other artists who shaped rock n’ roll from 1955 through 1965.