By Terry Harpole
For the WPT
Beginning at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, the Choctaw County Karaoke Committee will have its first-ever karaoke contest and concert.
This event is going to be held at Choctaw County Community Center in Ackerman. The committee hopes this will be a yearly event to keep country music alive in the area.
Limited karaoke tryout slots are available for a $20 entrance fee. Each entrant’s selected two songs must pass a panel of judges before one can be selected in the contest, or they will be refunded their entrance fee.
Music must be true country, and one may choose bluegrass, gospel or contemporary, but, true country is the rule.
The panel of judges will select the top five for a sing-off, and from these five, first- and second-place winners will be chosen to perform in the evening’s concert, and will receive their awards by the night’s performing band.
Tickets to watch the karaoke event are $10 each, and various secret musicians will be performing during breaks.
The committee is keeping the names of the panel of judges secret, except one. That one judge will be Marty Gamblin, who is executive director of the Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Center, as well as president and CEO of Nashville Operations of Glenn Campbell Music and GC Management.
Gamblin, in his 40-plus-year career in the business in Los Angeles and Nashville, has promoted artists such as Alan Jackson, Bryan White, Dorothy Moore, Pearl River, South 65 and, of course, Glenn Campbell.
A well-known Willie Nelson impersonator will provide entertainment during the program.
The concert part begins at7:30 p.m. and the featured band will be the Owens Brothers Band from Jackson, of which, Larry and Chuck Bryant, brothers of Gov. Phil Bryant, are members.
Seating will be limited, and tickets can be purchased from Gail Bullard at Bullard Nursery and Gifts in Mathiston, Robert Box, Tom Craig, Marie Sloan, Paula Johnson, Cloyd Halford, Anita Moore or Tracey Breeland.
Concession will be available and this promises to be an evening the public will enjoy.