BOONVILE–Join the River Rats for their annual musical valentine featuring country love songs, old and new. Love Notes Opry will be presented Friday, February 14, Saturday, February 15 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, February 16 at 2 p.m. in historic Turner Hall, which is located at 518 Vine Street.
This year the cast will be under the musical direction of local folk favorites Cathy Barton and Dave Para. Cathy appeared on the Grand Ole Opry years ago with Grandpa Jones and is delighted to share some of her country favorites with the ensemble and the audience. Classic country love songs by artist such as the O’Kanes, Johnny Cash, Randy Travis, Patsy Kline, Dolly Parton, Emmy Lou Harris, Garth Brooks and the Everly Brothers will be on the program as well as some contemporary offerings. The singers include the usual cast of characters and a couple new comers. The format of the show will mimic the Grand Old Opry and one of the hosts bears a close resemblance to Minnie Pearl.
Cathy and Dave will be on stage with their impressive array of instruments and will be joined by Mike Dulak, another mid-Missouri professional musician. You may have enjoyed some of Mike’s mandolin, guitar and fiddle playing through the years in a variety of local bands such as the Rank Sinatras, often alongside another regional favorite the late Forest Rose. In 1993, Mike opened Big Muddy Mandolins now based in Rocheport. Mike is the main craftsman of the instruments and says the look isn’t the most important thing in an instrument. It’s the sound that matters. According to the testimonials on his website, bigmuddymandolin.com, Mike’s mandolins sound powerful and sweet and only get better as they age.
The Love Notes Opry band will be rounded out by Kathy Howard on keyboard, David Oswald on bass and Donnie Lee Romine on drums. The evening is sure to be one of great music and entertainment, and if you are so inclined you can sing along. Tickets at $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and students and are available at the Family Shoe Store on Main Street and at the door. For more information direct your questions to RiverRatArt@gmail.com.