The captivating music of Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Patsy Cline and Hank Williams will fill the Chilliwack Cultural Centre theatre on Feb. 8 with The Louisiana Hayride, in Story and Song.
The event is a musical extravaganza performed with a live band that re-creates the ambiance of those early days of country music and features over 30 songs made famous by some of the greatest country music stars of the 1940s and '50s.
Spellbinding vocals arise as the magical voice of Patsy Cline resonates through the theatre and young Elvis appears to come back to life before your eyes. You'll be mesmerized by the uncanny resemblance this group has to the original stars. Hank Williams, a crowd favourite, and Roy Orbison also take to the stage accompanied by multi-talented musicians in a show that will take you back to a time when stars were born at The Louisiana Hayride.
"I'm really excited, because this show brings old music back to the public," says Gil Risling, who produces the show and performs as Orbison. "We want to keep this music alive."
Instrumental in launching the careers of some of the greatest names in music history, The Louisiana Hayride was a live radio show that ran from 1948 to 1960. During its heyday, the Hayride was broadcast nationwide and, for a time, was even heard overseas on Armed Forces Radio. Known as the cradle of the stars, The Louisiana Hayride was incredibly popular in its day, much the same way shows such as American Idol are today.
The Louisiana Hayride, in Story and Song draws you back in time with their fascinating stories about these famous artists and the beautiful music they created.
Accompanying the fantastic music, audience members will be privy to lots of historical bits of trivia as well, such as where the phrase, "Elvis has left the building" came from and why Roy Orbison wore dark glasses.
"People love this type of music and they love the stories we tell," says Risling.
For tickets call the centre box office at 604-391-SHOW (7469) or visit in person Monday to Friday, 9: 30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 9: 30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are also available online at www. chilliwackculturalcentre.ca.