Grand Ole Civic To Become Country Capital For A Night

May 17, 2017
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If you like both kinds of music – country and western – this show’s for you.

The cast of the Grand Ole Civic show are calling it the “countriest country show in the country”, and when they take to the stage at the Civic Theatre this week they’ll be bringing a little bit of Nashville to Invercargill.

The Grand Ole Civic show is based on the famous Grand Ole Opry radio concerts which have been staged in Nashville, Tennessee, since 1925. The greatest names in country music have performed live at the Opry, including Hank Williams, Dolly Parton, Marty Robbins, Johnny Cash, Tammy Wynette, Jim Reeves and George Jones.

Songs by all of those artists and many more will feature in the Grand Ole Civic show, performed by a string of top Southland country singers, including 2017 Southland Entertainer of the Year Jenny Mitchell, 2016 winner Steven Hayes, Bryan and Jack Townley, Bonnie Turner, Brendan Mason, Simon Thompson and Dene Allen.

Allen, who is organising the concert, says the traditional country theme proved extremely popular when the cast performed their tribute to The Johnny Cash Show at the Civic Theatre last year.

“They’re great old songs, and there’s definitely an audience out there wanting to hear them,” Allen says. “We want to recreate that classic country vibe for a couple of hours and take people to another time and place.”

  • Grand Ole Civic
  • Civic Theatre
  • Friday, May 19, 2017
  • 7.30pm

Tickets: $40 (plus booking fee) or $35 (plus booking fee) for senior citizens

Available from TicketDirect – Invercargill City Council Booking Office

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