The evening entertainment for FMCA's Redmond Rocks convention includes music from Texas to Margaritaville to Motown.
Movie Night in South Sister, Monday, Aug. 9, at 7:30 p.m.
Join your friends and make new ones at the "Monday Night At The Movies." Complimentary refreshments will be available while supplies last. The feature presentation will be the 1954 classic romantic comedy, The Long, Long Trailer, starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Introduction by Todd Fisher, CEO, Debbie Reynolds Hollywood Motion Picture Museum. Lucille Ball’s costume in The Long, Long Trailer also will be on display this evening, courtesy of the Debbie Reynolds Hollywood Motion Picture Museum.
Debbie Reynolds: A Lifetime of Laughter and Love in the High Desert Activity Center, Tuesday, Aug.10, at 7:30 p.m.
Mary Frances Reynolds, better known to her admirers as Debbie Reynolds, has captivated audiences since 1948 when she made her film debut as a teenage extra in June Bride. Her motion picture career took off in earnest when MGM officials expressed interest in her work and signed her to a seven-year contract in 1950, casting her in the role of Helen Kaye in the musical Three Little Words. Her performance in two subsequent films convinced legendary movie mogul L.B. Mayer to cast her in Singing in the Rain with Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor. She made a rash of pictures throughout the early and mid-1950s, most notably The Affairs of Dobie Gillis, Give a Girl a Break, Susan Slept Here, and The Tender Trap with Frank Sinatra. Her favorite film is the 1964 hit, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, for which she received a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination.
Although Debbie continued to make movies during the late 1960s and 1970s, she also began doing more theater and nightclub work, earning a Tony Award nomination in 1974 for her work in "Irene." She was nominated for three Golden Globes, including the award for best actress in a musical/comedy in the 1996 movie Mother; was the voice of Charlotte in the animated film Charlotte’s Web; starred in her daughter Carrie Fisher’s movie, These Old Broads, with Shirley MacLaine, Joan Collins, and Elizabeth Taylor; and received an Emmy nomination for playing the mother of title character Grace Adler in Will and Grace.
Debbie recently completed a tour in the United Kingdom and has several future engagements in Hollywood; Toronto; Las Vegas; Laughlin, Nevada; Atlantic City; and Biloxi, Mississippi. But, her dream of preserving the history of the motion picture industry came to life with the opening of the Debbie Reynolds Hollywood Motion Picture Museum in 2008.
Please join Debbie through a special multimedia presentation as she recalls 60 years of laughter and love through music, dance, and film.
The Texas Tenors, Thursday, Aug. 12, at 8:00 p.m.
This is the top vocal group from the 2009 edition of NBC’s hit show “America’s Got Talent.”
Friends John Hagen, JC Fisher, and Marcus Collins were following a dream when they walked onstage in Houston, Texas, to audition for the TV show. They found stardom a few months later as millions of people from around the world tuned in to see and hear them perform. The trio finished fourth overall, but in the process gained the respect and admiration of countless viewers who embraced their distinctive sound and artistic renditions of songs ranging from country and classical to pop and gospel.
Each individual brings something different to the group. John Hagen shows his vast classical music experience, having performed in numerous national operas and Broadway shows. JC Fisher, who was raised on a cattle ranch, adds the country and gospel influence. And Marcus Collins infuses the group with raw emotion and a contemporary pop sound.
Since their whirlwind rise to stardom, The Texas Tenors have performed throughout the United States. The group has appeared at the Starlite Theatre in Branson, Missouri, and will make a 21-stop tour of the United Kingdom in the fall. The trio also released its debut album, The Texas Tenors: Country Roots – Classical Sound.
Live Bait, Friday, Aug. 13, at 8:00 p.m.
Live Bait, one of the top Jimmy Buffett tribute bands, will transform Juniper Arena into Margaritaville.
The five-member band, which has been together since 2001, will take the audience on a musical cruise around the Caribbean, reprising many of Jimmy Buffett’s most popular songs such as “Fins,” “Cheeseburger In Paradise,” “Come Monday,” and “Son Of A Sailor,” to name just a few. The group includes Al Spohn (guitar and vocals), Tom Lapp (keyboards, brass, steel drums, and vocals), Bill VanAllen (lead guitar and vocals), Gino Pehota (bass guitar and vocals), and Hank Wansaw (drums and percussion). Through their nine-year run, the band has developed a cohesive act that features tight vocal harmonies and expert musical skills to create an exciting event for all.
Besides the standard Parrot Head fare, the group will perform favorite beach and party tunes from artists such as Bob Marley, Alan Jackson, Kenny Chesney, and even KC & The Sunshine Band. The show also will include plenty of audience participation with a snaking conga line, a chance to show how low you can limbo, leis for all, beach balls to bat around the stands, and plenty of giveaways. So get ready to have your “latitude” adjusted during this tropical excursion.
Forever Motown, Saturday, Aug. 14, at 8:00 p.m.
Prepare for a trip down memory lane with some of the great rhythm and blues songs from yesteryear as Forever Motown delivers the hits many of us have listened to for decades.
During the 1960s and 1970s, the Motown record label featured an all-star lineup of the top R&B musicians in the world, including Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, Gladys Knight and The Pips, The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, and many more. During Forever Motown, the audience will hear hits such as “My Girl,” “Reach Out,” “Shop Around,” “Stop! In The Name Of Love,” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” while the costumed cast glides across the stage in a precisely choreographed performance.
The group includes Dave and Sonia Revels, who deliver incredible performances of the Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell hits “Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing” and “You’re All I Need To Get By.” Sam White will captivate the crowd with his rendition of Lionel Ritchie’s “Three Times A Lady,” and Fran Baltzer will electrify the audience with Gladys Knight and the Pips’ “I Heard It Through The Grapevine.” Joining them will be Cliff Dawson and Traci Robinson, both outstanding artists with a sound and personality that will take you back to early days of rock and roll.
So whether you want to hear a little Texas country with a splash of classical mixed in, are searching for a tropical beach party, or want to groove to the soulful sounds of yesteryear, the “Redmond Rocks! Feel The Excitement!” convention surely will provide plenty of opportunities for fun in the evening hours.