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Branson-style performers share holiday spirit Saturday

WORTHINGTON -- Branson lovers, unite! Saturday at 7 p.m. is your chance to get a dose of the Ozarks right here on the southwestern Minnesota prairie, complete with a generous dollop of holiday flavor."Branson on the Road: Holiday Concert" will ap...

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WORTHINGTON - Branson lovers, unite!

Saturday at 7 p.m. is your chance to get a dose of the Ozarks right here on the southwestern Minnesota prairie, complete with a generous dollop of holiday flavor.
“Branson on the Road: Holiday Concert” will appear at Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center (MAPAC) this weekend, and Managing Director Tammy Makram thinks the presentation will be a great fit for the season.
“This group performed here last spring, and everyone who came had a great time,” said Makram.
“So we’re bringing them back for Christmas because they’ve got a terrific holiday show, too.”

The group features Debbie Horton, who has the distinction of being the only female to ever play lead guitar for Johnny Cash, as well as versatile veteran musicians Donnie Wright and Brian Capps.
Among them, the trio covers instruments including guitar, fiddle, mandolin, banjo and upright bass - and don’t forget vocals.
“We realized there are many people who will never have a chance to visit Branson or experience a pure traditional, American, folk, roots and comedy show performed in a genuine way,” commented Horton about the group’s motivation for taking their show, literally, on the road.
“With the economy the way it is today, we decided to bring our Branson stage show directly to them.”
Makram mentioned the show will be in the “Branson style,” including some storytelling, comedy, running gags and “lots of music,” according to Makram.
The “Branson on the Road” performers have made a name for themselves in a niche market. They are regular performers on an RFD-TV program titled “Midwest Country,” for which they perform the theme song, and they are also seen on the PBS show “Kelly’s Kountry Junction.”
“We’re looking forward to a great evening of entertainment,” said Makram.

“Branson on the Road: Holiday Concert” is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center,714 13th St., Worthington. All seats are reserved; visit the box office from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays, call 376-9101, or visit friendsoftheauditorium.com. There is a slight discount for advance purchase, though tickets will also be available at the door. Local performers Allen and Nancy Jensen will provide live entertainment in the lobby from 6 to 7 p.m. Saturday.

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