LIMA — The Oak Ridge Boys brought their distinctive style of country, gospel and pop music to the stage Saturday night at Veterans Memorial Civic Center.
The nearly sold out concert attracted fans from all over.
Freddie Haugh and her sister Reva Coomer made it up from the Dayton area to hear their favorite group, which they’ve seen in concert more than 100 times. They are members of the fan club.
“It doesn’t matter where they’re at, if they’re close, I’m going to be there,” said Haugh.
“They harmonize great. They’re a lot of fun. They put their family first and then their fans. They’re all for the fans. They’re great,” said Haugh.
“I love them. I’ve been seeing them since ‘75 or ‘76. We go everywhere to see them. It doesn’t matter where they’re at,” said Coomer.
This is not the first time the Oak Ridge Boys have performed in Lima, and bringing quality entertainment to Lima is one of the goals of the Civic Center Foundation.
“We’ve been working hard for a couple of years now, working with agents trying to really build up the reputation that our foundation is going to put together a great season of entertainment, so when that starts happening the agents start reaching out to us. Really the Oak Ridge Boys was one of those shows that the agency, William Morris, contacted us and said, ‘Hey you had them before, it’s been a great show in Lima, Ohio, they want to come back’ and so we worked together and were able to make a good contract and brought them to Lima, Ohio,” said Abe Ambroza, CEO of the Civic Center.
The Oak Ridge Boys performed many of their familiar songs as well as some seasonal favorites.
“I really think the Oak Ridge Boys are for everybody. They sing some gospel. They sing some country. They are four talented artists and they’ll sing their own version of some pretty modern songs but when you look at some of those songs, ‘Bobbie Sue,’ ‘Dream On,’ ‘American Made’ and of course ‘Elvira,’ they’ve got a never-ending list of great songs,” said Ambroza.
The Civic Center Foundation has some big shows coming up.
“Our next show is actually a big show. It’s ‘Cinderella’ (on Jan. 13, 2019). It’s one of our Broadway performances. We’ll expect well over 1,000 people again in here that evening for that show. It’s the touring version of ‘Cinderella.’ It’s just a beautiful production. It’s a timeless story,” said Ambroza.
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