By Steve Guntli
The Haynie Opry, the county’s local venue for quality country music, opens its 11th season on Saturday, March 12.
The Opry has previously held shows that paid tribute to classic country acts such as George Jones, Hank Williams and Johnny Cash, while also giving talented local musicians a welcome opportunity to play in front of appreciative music lovers. Matt Audette, a career musician who has toured in Nashville and Dallas, founded the Opry in 2004 as a place for families to gather and listen to the music he loves.
Audette and his band, the Circle of Friends Band, will kick off the latest season with a tribute to the music of the ’50s. The band will play hits from legendary artists like Buddy Holly, the Everly Brothers and Elvis Presley.
The Opry has two more shows scheduled for the first half of the 2016 season. On April 9, Bob Storms’ Dixieland All-Stars will stop by to play their brand of southern jazz and zydeco music. On May 14, the Circle of Friends Band will perform a tribute to Roy Orbison, with help from local musicians Bill de Groot and Ava Sakowski.
As an added bonus, the Opry will host special Gospel matinee performances at 2 p.m. before each show. Tickets for the matinees cost $5, while tickets for the regular shows go for $10. The doors open for the evening shows at 6 p.m., and the performances start at 7 p.m.
For more information, call 360/366-3321.