Oak Ridge Boys set to return to Portsmouth

By Wayne Allen

November 11, 2013

Wayne Allen

PDT Staff Writer

The Oak Ridge Boys Holiday Concert is becoming quite the tradition for the Portsmouth area. It’s so much of a tradition Portsmouth, is one of two cities the Oak Ridge Boys are returning to from the 2012 tour.

The Oak Ridge Boys concert will be held this year at the Vern Riffe Center For the Arts on the campus of Shawnee State University on Monday, Nov. 25 at 7:30 p.m.

“Our schedule is so full this year that we could not do the show in Portsmouth around the date we normally do it. We had to move the show up to before Thanksgiving,” Richard Sterban, a member of the Oak Ridge Boys. “The Oak Ridge Boys coming to Portsmouth has become a tradition and we did not want to break the tradition. I was glad we were able to work it out.”

He said the people of Portsmouth have embraced the Oak Ridge Boys concert as a holiday staple.

“I think some people in Portsmouth plan their holiday season, this year it will be more like Thanksgiving season around spending time with the Oak Ridge Boys,” Sterban said. “We love that and try not to disappoint the people of Portsmouth.”

Sterban said this year show will be similar to the show of last year that was revamped.

“This year we have two dates that were similar to last year and Portsmouth is one of them. Since this is a new show and we are for the most part bringing it to new cities. This years show will be similar to last year’s,” Sterban said.

Sterban described the Oak Ridge Boys holiday show as two shows in one.

“We come out in the beginning and for about 45 minutes we do our regular stuff. Even though it’s a Christmas show we feel people still want to hear some regular Oak Ridge Boys music. We will do some of the hits you would expect to hear,” Sterban said.

He said people can expect to hear such Oak Ridge Boys hits as “Elviira,” “Thank God For Kids” and many others.

After an intermission, they will do a complete Christmas show, he said.

“We try to find a balance of traditional Christmas music and then some new songs that tell the Christmas story in a new and different way,” Sterban said. “I think we’ve been able to find a nice medium. We cover the romantic side of Christmas and we certainly cover the fun side of Christmas along with many others.”

Sterban said after all of the years they have been on stage, the group is still having fun.

“I think that’s (still having fun after 40 years of touring together) one of the main reasons we’re still around. This is our 40th anniversary tour. We work hard and stay very busy. We love doing what we do and hopefully that’s reflected in our music and in our shows,” Sterban said. “I think if you asked anyone of us 40 years ago, if we would still be together 40 years later, I don’t think any of us would have believed it. We are still going strong and still having fun. We still look forward to getting on that stage every night and bringing our music to various audiences.”

As for upcoming projects, Sterban said the group just finished work on their first live album. The live album is expected to be released in 2014.

The Oak Ridge Boys include Richard Sterban, Duane Allen, William Lee Golden and Joe Bonsall, who have been together since 1973. The group started as gospel singers, became a top act in country music and then crossed over to pop with “Elvira” in 1981.

Tickets are available at TicketMaster.com and at the McKinley Box Office. For more information call 740-351-3600.

For more information about the Oak Ridge Boys, visit oakridgeboys.com.

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