WSCC virtual concert series to present Kenny Rogers Band.

February 8, 2021

Struble, left, with the late Kenny Rogers during a performance at Interlochen Fine Arts Academy in 1991. Photo by Rob Alway.

WSCC virtual concert series to present Kenny Rogers Band.

On Thursday, Feb. 11, West Shore Community College’s Performing Arts Living Room Series will feature The Kenny Rogers Band, an event organized by former Kenny Rogers Band director and Scottville native Edgar Struble. The performance will feature guests Rudy Gatlin and Linda Davis.

Performed by the band that backed Rogers for more than 40 years and featuring new lead singer, Don Gatlin, the concert will bring back fond memories of Rogers’ hits, and will entertain audiences unfamiliar with his music. Rogers passed away in March 2020.

Hosted by Rudy Gatlin and Edgar Struble, the show includes memorable musical performances and behind-the-scenes commentary between Struble and his former band mates.

Scottville native Struble worked with Rogers and his band from 1976 to 1991, and although Rogers passed on in 2020, and the lineup has changed through the years, Struble has remained close to the band.

In a recent interview from his California studio, Struble said, the concert was recorded live from a soundstage in Nashville in late August 2020, and the Oceana County Fair Board commissioned the taping. “The fair, like most others across the U.S., was shut down due to the COVID pandemic. However, Paul Erickson and the fair board were bound and determined to have an event, even if it meant doing it online.”

Struble added, “It was certainly a joy to travel to Nashville and spend a couple of days with old friends while producing this video. We had so much laughter and even some tears as we rehearsed and rolled through this show. And I was so grateful to our dear friends, Linda Davis who showed up to sing a couple of duets, and Rudy Gatlin who came in to help me with the emcee duties. It was a family reunion that I’ll never forget.”

All of the performances in the Living Room Series are free of charge and more information and links to the performances can be found on the college’s web site:  www.westshore.edu/performingarts

Unique to this concert, Struble will be available, via Facebook chat, to field any questions throughout the performance.

The performance will also be archived and available for viewing following the livestream event.

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