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November 20, 2012

Shoji Tabuchi Christmas Show coming to Crockett

CROCKETT — CROCKETT — The Pineywoods Fine Arts Association is bringing the world-famous Shoji Tabuchi Christmas Show to Crockett this holiday season.

Shoji Tabuchi, his wife Dorothy and daughter Christina will perform for a Christmas show at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14 as part of Tabuchi’s first tour in more than 22 years.

“We are really excited to bring this show to Crockett. I can’t think of a better way to start the holiday season. This one-of-a-kind spectacular show is not to be missed,” PWFAA Executive Director Bryan Lake said.

Tabuchi is bringing his seven-piece band, each member having one or more degrees in music, to play everything from country/ bluegrass to classical.

“This show encompasses the wholesome, family-oriented values of Christmas; yet rivals the pure excitement of New York or Las Vegas and has been one of the most popular shows in Branson for the past 22 years,” a PWFAA news release said.

Tabuchi learned to play the fiddle in his native Japan at the age of 7. He was always a fan of American country music and vowed to one day play in the United States. He met Roy Acuff, of the Grand Ole Opry, when Acuff was on tour in Japan in the ‘50s. Acuff told young Tabuchi to look him up if he ever made it to Nashville. Tabuchi followed his dream of playing country and bluegrass music in the United States and came to America with $500 and his fiddle. Landing on the West Coast in San Francisco, Tabuchi eventually made it to Nashville and found Acuff. After appearing on the Grand Ole Opry a few times and starting to make a name for himself, Tabuchi decided to dream a little bigger.

In 1980, Tabuchi built his elaborate theater on the strip in Branson and has been performing to sold-out audiences for 22 years.

“His theater is a sight-to-see and has been impressing visitors since its completion. Decorated in the style of the grand theaters  of the 1930s, even the bathrooms are impressive, having been written up in travel magazines,” a PWFAA news release said.

Tabuchi  has never recorded on a major record label but consistently ranks at the top as a fan-favorite.

This show is presented by the PWFAA with KIVY/KMVL Radio, Houston County Life, Houston County Courier and Messenger and sponsored by the Houston County Electric Cooperative and Citizens National Bank.

Tickets for this event start at $32 and are available at the PWFAA office, located at 603 E. Goliad St. in Crockett, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or online at www.pwfaa.org. 

For more information call PWFAA at 936-544-4276, go to www.pwfaa.org or follow on Facebook at Piney Woods Fine Arts Association.

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