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Roxy Theatre announces schedule for summer

Plenty is planned in the coming weeks for the Historic Roxy Theatre stage, and members of the Franklin County Arts and Humanities Council want to make the community is “in the know” when it comes to live entertainment available in Russellville.

In light of Mother’s Day Sunday, the Kerry Gilbert Band has a special show planned at the Historic Roxy Theater recognizing mothers this Saturday for Rockin’ at the Roxy. The music will include a blend of gospel along with many of the crowd’s favorites. There will be drawing for some special mother to receive a $100 gift certificate to Doe’s Eat Place. The recipient must be present to win.

The KGB’s special guests for this month are Andrew and Avery Guinn. They will be making their debut at the Roxy as the Guinn Brothers.

“We hope many of their friends and supporters will come out to support them,” said Susie Malone of the FCAHC.

June is a busy month for the Arts Council, Malone added, as many entertaining activities are planned at the Roxy.

The KGB will do a special ’50s and ’60s repertoire of songs June 8 for Rockin’ at the Roxy. Plans also include the Cotton Flat Cruisers and other local antique car clubs bringing their antique cars to the June show to add to the theme.

Chris Stewart has been a broadcaster since 1988 and is in his 17th season as the University of Alabama’s men basketball play-by-play announcer for the Crimson Tide Sports Network.  He also serves as broadcast host for the “The Nick Saban Show” and “The Avery Johnson Show.”  He will present a fun and entertaining evening on his experiences and inspirations as a broadcaster.

Malone said the UNA Starlighters Jazz Band will present an entertaining evening at the Roxy June 21. Dr. Terrance Brown, UNA Performing Arts Department chairman, will present a program on a new project at UNA called CREATE.

Whisperin’ Bill Anderson will be in concert at the Roxy June 22. “He is a renowned American country music singer, songwriter and television personality and has been on the Grand Ole Opry radio program in Nashville, Tenn., since 1961,” Malone said.

Anyone who likes drama and comedy might want to plan on attending the “Wooden Nickel Man” June 29. The Blues Stage Play about love and forgiveness of a family is produced by Miz Barbie Dolle Productions of Montgomery and will feature Franklin County’s Larry Freeman.

“Mark these dates to plan on coming out for some good entertainment,” said Malone, “and supporting the Roxy Theatre.”