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On tap: Krazy Kats, Bobby Flores, Rainmakers and 3 Dave Night

The area’s favorite musical artists are returning to the historic Farris Theatre for the third Farris Concert Season.

“We’re bringing back performers who’ve wowed our audiences before,” said concert season organizer Sara Seidel. “We’ve invited the musicians back because they’re sure-fire crowd pleasers, and we’re inviting their fans to return to our venue to enjoy the shows.”

The line-up features The Krazy Kats, Bobby Flores and Kevin Carter, along with Harry Ritchie, his band and Sarah Craven, 3 Dave Night, and The Rainmakers.

The Krazy Kats open the season Oct. 29. Local favorites, the band has been rockin’ together for decades with its versions of 1950s and ‘60s classics. The trio includes Lee Dresser, Willie Craig and Freddie Fletcher. In the ‘50s, they were teenagers in Moberly and joined together to play rock and roll, inspired by their idols, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Fats Domino.

Flores returns for an encore performance Nov. 19. After first appearing at the Farris last fall, the Texas musician this year is bringing his lead fiddle player, Kevin Carter. Together, they’ll perform Western swing, country pop-rock, jazz, blues, Latin and classical tunes.

Ritchie and his back-up band will accompany Flores and Carter. The show will also feature Sarah Craven, a powerful vocalist who represented the area as Miss Ray County in 2010.

On April 21, 2012, it’s 3 Dave Night. Two local newsmen, David Knopf of The Richmond News and David Blythe of The Lawson Review, will take the stage with Dave Haken, a singer/songwriter known as the backbone of the Kansas City songwriting scene. Together and separately, the trio of Daves will perform original compositions and covers of folk and pop tunes.

Rounding out the season, The Rainmakers are including the Farris on their reunion tour. Best known for the pop hit “Let My People Go Go,” The Rainmakers feature Norborne native Bob Walkenhorst. The band is set to perform at the Farris in Spring 2012, with the date to be announced.

All shows are scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.

Season tickets are available now for $36 for all four performances.

Seidel said the low season ticket price is made possible because sponsors underwrite many of the costs of bringing the acts to the Farris.

This year, those sponsors include Shirkey Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, a major benefactor for the season. Also contributing are the Ray County Community Arts Association, the Richmond Rotary Club, Richard Bidding/Edward Jones, Mike and Vickie McCalley, Tom Bowman and Sara Seidel, Harry Ritchie, Westbrook & Co., Taber Printing, Richmond Super 8, The Richmond News, The Lawson Review and KMZU 100.7 The Farm.

Reserved seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Because The Rainmakers’ date is pending, the Farris is offering two options to season ticket buyers.

Fans may select season tickets for the three dated shows for $27. Then, when The Rainmakers’ date is announced, season ticket holders may purchase individual tickets for The Rainmakers for $10 each.

Or, fans may select season tickets for all four shows for $36.

“If you can’t attend The Rainmakers’ show, the Farris will exchange your Rainmakers’ ticket for two tickets for any movie shown at the Farris throughout 2012,” Seidel said.

Season tickets are available now by calling the Farris at (816) 776-6684. Log on to www.farristheatre.com for more information.

– For The Richmond News

 

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