The Donk's Band

Welcome to the 2022 Season of Shows from Virginia’s Li’l Ole Opry!!

          • April 2 – ALL STAR OPRY – Welcome back the Opry band and cast for the 47th year!

          • May 14 – OLDIES SHOW – This show is sure to take you back in time to the “good ol’ days” of country and rock and roll at its best!

          • July 23 – AJ MCKEEN – This show will feature a Gloucester native with an amazing raw talent and a voice that rivals Chris Stapleton.  The first half will feature the Opry band and singers.

          • August 20 – MHS –  SOUNDS OF SUMMER/TRIBUTE TO THE EAGLES – Back by popular demand! Due to having to postpone the June show until July, the Opry will NOW offer the BEST of legendary band, The Eagles AS WELL AS the best of beach music, Jimmy Buffett and summertime in the country ALL IN ONE NIGHT!  

          • September 17 – MHS – TALENT SEARCH 2022 – Bring on the new talent!  The Opry will open its stage to the best “unknown” local talent around!  Sign up in advance for a spot on the show!  *Because of time, we cannot accept full bands. See below for more talent search information.

          • October 8 – WILLIAM EARL SADLER’S TRIBUTE TO RICKY HUDGINS – Mathews’ native and lead guitar legend, Ricky Hudgins, passed away in 2021.  This show will honor him and his love of Classic Southern Rock.  The first half will feature the Opry band and singers.

          • November 12 – GOSPEL SHOW – What an uplifting night this will be!  Join the Opry band and singers, along with some wonderful guest stars for an amazing night of inspirational music!

          • December 3 – SMITH FAMILY & FRIENDS CHRISTMAS SHOW

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All shows will be at the Harry M. Ward Auditorium, Mathews High School

Tickets can be purchased at the door on show nights

OR in advance at the Mathews Visitor Center, Main Street, in Mathews and Marketplace Antiques, Route 17, in Gloucester.

 

Harry M. Ward Auditorium, Mathews High School, 9889 Buckley Hall Road, Mathews, VA

Shows start at 8:00 p.m.  –   Doors Open at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under

TALENT SEARCH 2022 INFORMATION:

Open to individuals, duos or small groups (vocalists or instrumentalists) who will perform with their own accompaniment or with our house band. 

Full bands cannot be accepted due to time and space.  Individuals who have performed on a regular show (not a talent search) are not eligible.

Please send your name, email address, and phone number to Lynda Smith at vaopry@gmail.com,

along with two country songs for the Opry to choose from for the performance, in order of your preference.

One song will be chosen by the Opry for the performance on September 17th. 

We will do our best to accommodate your first choice.  The deadline for signing up is August 29th.

 

Accepted applicants will rehearse with the band (should you choose that option) 

or get a sound check with your instrument on the Thursday night prior to the performance.

A group of three judges not associated with the Donk’s band or cast will choose

the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners for the Talent Search.  The first place winner will receive a trophy, $100

and an opportunity to perform with the Opry on an upcoming show. 

Second and third places will receive $50 each.  

 

The Opry reserves the right to ask any performer on the show back to perform with the Opry at any time. 

The Opry also reserves the right to refuse any performer/performance it deems unsuitable for its audience.