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October 27, 2016 12:00 AM

BIG DRAW Lisa Brokop will be front and centre for the Lloydminster Concert Series.

The Lloydminster Concert Series has returned for a new season, and as always, has six more professional performers for people to check out.
The series, which takes place at the Vic Juba Community Theatre and has been running since the venue opened in 2002, offers performances in a variety of mediums and musical genres as a way to bring awareness and appreciation of the performing arts to Lloydminster.
“The purpose is to present performing arts to our community at an affordable price,” said Gwen Mottram, treasurer for the series.
“When the theatre first opened, the City of Lloydminster said they felt a concert series should be offered to our community, and I was at a meeting and heard that, and went out and asked my friend Anne Townsend if she would be interested in helping me make this move forward.”
Mottram said Townsend, who became chairman for the project, accepted the invitation and promptly started soliciting volunteers to help put with the concert series, eventually becoming the driving force behind its success.
Public reception has been good, Mottram added, giving attendees a variety of acts to see from comedy and theatre to musical genres spanning folk, country, comedy, pop and Latin music.
Some of the bigger names to join in on the fun have been the Canadian Tenors, Bent Butt, the Irish Descendants, Jimmy Rankin and this year’s big draw and first performer of the season, Lisa Brokop.
“I guess what appealed to us (about Brokop) is she’s doing the Patsy Cline Project in this performance that’s being presented on Oct. 29 and she’s also presenting some of her own music,” said Mottram.
According to Brokop’s biography, she’s one of the most nominated and award winning female vocalists in Canadian country music history and the set she’s bringing to Lloyd will take fans back to the hey-day of country music.
Some of the songs she’ll play from Cline’s catalogue will include Walking After Midnight, I Fall to Pieces, Sweet Dreams, and Crazy, along with Brokop’s own originals like Better Off Broken.
Following Brokop in the Concert Series will be Juno Award nominees Sultans of String on Nov. 22, award winning guitarist Eric Harper on Feb. 16, clean comedy and variety act of Bob Cates on March 3, three-time Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Champions—Everything Fitz on March 23, and Canadian Folk Music Award winners Fortunate Ones, who’ll take the stage on April 11.
Anyone looking to catch some of the shows can get a subscription to all six performances for $120 or by single tickets for $30 a pop, except Brokop who’s tickets run for $38.
For more information contact the Vice Juba Community Theatre box office at 780-872-7400.

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