Youth Fair officials have announced one of the 2020 Berrien County Youth Fair grandstand entertainment acts for Berrien County’s premier summer youth showcase! The BCYF entertainment committee along with welcoming station B100 and presenting sponsor Indiana Michigan Power – Cook Nuclear plant is excited to bring you the legendary country group, The Oak Ridge Boys. That’s right, the whole gang, Duane, Joe, Richard and William Lee, will perform on Wednesday, August 19!
Theirs is one of the most distinctive and recognizable sounds in the music industry. The four-part harmonies and upbeat songs of The Oak Ridge Boys have spawned dozens of Country hits and a Number One Pop smash, earned them Grammy, Dove, CMA, and ACM awards and garnered a host of other industry and fan accolades. Every time they step before an audience, the Oaks bring four decades of charted singles, and 50 years of tradition, to a stage show widely acknowledged as among the most exciting anywhere. And each remains as enthusiastic about the process as they have ever been.
“When I go on stage, I get the same feeling I had the first time I sang with The Oak Ridge Boys,” says lead singer Duane Allen. “This is the only job I’ve ever wanted to have.”
“Like everyone else in the group,” adds bass singer extraordinaire, Richard Sterban, “I was a fan of the Oaks before I became a member. I’m still a fan of the group today. Being in The Oak Ridge Boys is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream.”
The two, along with tenor Joe Bonsall and baritone William Lee Golden, comprise one of Country’s truly legendary acts. Their string of hits includes the Country-Pop chart-topper Elvira, as well as Bobbie Sue, Dream On, Thank God For Kids, American Made, I Guess It Never Hurts To Hurt Sometimes, Fancy Free, Gonna Take A Lot of River and many others.
The group has scored 12 gold, three platinum, and one double platinum album – plus one double platinum single – and had more than a dozen national Number One singles and over 30 Top Ten hits.
Their career has spanned not only decades, but also formats.
The Oak Ridge Boys have appeared before five presidents. And they have become one of the most enduringly successful touring groups anywhere, still performing some 150 dates each year at major theaters, fairs, and festivals across the U.S. and Canada.
They did it with a consistently upbeat musical approach and terrific business savvy.
“We always look for songs that have lasting value and that are uplifting,” says Allen, who co-produced many of the Oaks’ recent studio albums. “You don’t hear us singing ‘cheating’ or ‘drinking’ songs but ‘loving’ songs, because we think that will last. We also don’t put music in categories, except for ‘good’ or ‘bad.’ When we get through with it, it’s probably going to sound like an Oak Ridge Boys song no matter what it is.”
The Oak’s high-energy stage show remains the heart and soul of what they do, and they refine it several times a year, striving to keep it fresh well into the future.
Tickets for this concert go on sale FRIDAY, December 20, 2019 at 9:00 am at the Fair office, online at www.bcyf.org or by phone at 269-473-1500 (ticket fees do not include gate admission). Ticket prices will be $38, $27 and $12.
The Berrien County Youth Fair is celebrating 75 years in 2020 with the theme “Diamonds are Fair-ever”. The 2020 Fair will run from August 17-22, 2020.