By CHERIL VERNON
The Hall Brothers will headline the Dogwood Jamboree’s show scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Palestine Civic Center.
“The autumn show is one of my favorite each year,” Dogwood Jamboree Producer Dan Manuel said. “The October production will feature the singing quartet The Hall Brothers from Houston. If you like The Statler Brothers, The Oakridge Boys, The Gatlin Brothers and Alabama, you will the evening immensely.”
The Hall Brothers will perform songs like “Dream On,” “Elvira,” “Broken Lady,” “Dig A Little Deeper In The Well,” “Do You Know You Are My Sunshine?” “Oh, Play Me Some Mountain Music” and other hits, including classic country Christmas songs.
“They really do sound like the original artists and their performance will really bring back memories of a few years ago when these groups were leading the country charts with No. 1 hits,” Manuel said. “They were with us last year, and the people loved them and asked that we bring them back, so that we have done.”
Also performing during the October show will be local singing group “Southern Connection Band,” as well as Todd Allen Herendeen of Panama City, Fla.
“Herendeen has one of the top patriotic songs in the country right now, titled ‘My Name Is America,’” Manuel said. “He is an impressionist and will thrill the audience as he performs several great hits.”
Joe Hancock, Hal Roper, “Flo” Sissy Perry, George Leste and Manuel also are schedule to perform.
Three young artists under the age of 18 will compete in the Dogwood Jamboree talent search contest. The winner will be selected by a panel of judges and audience vote.
“These kids are super talented and will help make the evening an enjoyable experience,” Manuel said.
The winner from October’s show will move up to the finals on Dec. 7 to compete for “Artist of the Year.” The “Artist of the Year” will receive a large cash award, a $500 photo opportunity from Lee Loveless Photography and a plaque.
“Our winner last year was Taylor Heard of Omaha. She has gone on to bigger venues in country music, as well as previous winners in the contest,” Manuel said. “There are a number of talented young people in the East Texas area and many of them never get a chance to perform on venues like the Jamboree, so we have taken the liberty to allow them to do so.”
Doors to the civic center will open at 6 p.m. for the October show. At intermission, door prizes donated by local merchants and businesses will be given away. The show is sponsored by local businesses and is designed as family entertainment.
“Some of the best classic country songs and hits will live in our memory and the performers that night will try to recreate some of the sounds and music that country music fans have listened to through the years,” Manuel said.
For those out of town wanting additional information about the show or for those wishing to purchase advanced tickets at a discounted rate of $12.50 can call 903-729-7080 or 903-724-2556. Tickets at the door are $15 per adult and $6 for children ages 6 to 10. Children under age 5 get in free.