Sunday, November 25, 2012

Look Alike, Sound Alike Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Kenny Rogers to Take Stage at Downtown Cabaret

Marty Edwards (Kenney Rogers); Philip Bauer (Johnny Cash); Marion Deaton (Willie Nelson). Photo courtesy of Rochard Pheneger
Kings of Country, an evening with three of America’s top artists Philip Bauer, Marion Deaton and Marty Edwards performing the music of Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Kenny Rogers is on tap for Bridgeport's Downtown Cabaret.

Kings of Country will take the stage for two performances only Friday, Nov. 30 at 7:30 pm and Saturday, Dec. 1 at 8 pm. 

They look like the real thing and sound like them too. Bauer has been recreating the music and live performances of Johnny Cash since 1985 and has developed a massive following in the U.S. and Europe. Bauer’s uncanny looks and stage presence take his audience back to when Cash was the king of country music. Selections include such top hits as “Get Rhythm”, “Man in Black”, “I Walk the Line”, “Ring of Fire.”

As the band vamps the familiar intro to "Whiskey River," Deaton steps onto the stage, takes the microphone and begins to sing, "Whiskey River take my mind....." Almost immediately the audience’s whispering builds to a crescendo with such comments as "He Looks Just Like Willie!" "Darn, He Sounds Just Like Willie!" 

As a country singer in a band, people began mistaking Edwards for Kenny Rogers back in the 1990s. Since then, he has traded in his country band to become the premier Kenny Rogers tribute performer in the world. 

Doors will open 30 minutes prior to each scheduled performance (The Downtown Cabaret Theatre is located at 263 Golden Hill St,. Bridgeport.) Tickets are: $39-$55: 203-576-1636 downtowncabaret.org; by mail to  Kings of Country, c/o Downtown Cabaret Theatre, 263 Golden Hill St., Bridgeport, CT 06604. Theatre seating begins 30 minutes prior to performance times.

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