The Oak Ridge Boys will bring their “Boys Night Out” album tour to the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts.
The Oak Ridge Boys have a long tradition of visiting Portsmouth to perform a Christmas show. But they have an even longer tradition of performing together. Now in their 41st year together, the four members of the Oak Ridge Boys will bring their “Boys Night Out” album tour to the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts on Wednesday, December 10 at 7:30.
The Oak Ridge Boys’ Christmas show has long been a favorite in Portsmouth. Last year in celebration of their 40th years together and their decades long relationship with the Vern Riffe Center, the Oak Ridge Boys presented Vern Riffe Director Joe Patti with a plaque on stage in front of a sold out theater.
“When we knew the show was going to sell out last year, we made sure we had a good date for 2014,” commented VRCFA Director Joe Patti. “Before the Oaks even stepped on stage last November, we already had a contract signed and were able to announce the 2014 concert date. We are constantly amazed at the support the Oaks get from the tri-state area year after year.”
While the four current members have been together for 41 years, the Oak Ridge Boys as a group is far older and has had a number of members. Originally called the Georgia Clodhoppers in the 1940s, the group was often asked to play at the then secret nuclear facilities at Oak Ridge, TN. The Clodhoppers were more of a comic country band, but started playing gospel for the families in Oak Ridge. At one point, they would perform the first part of the show as the Georgia Clodhoppers and return dressed in suits and perform gospel as The Oak Ridge Quartet.
While the Oaks have been performing their beloved Christmas show in Portsmouth for over a decade, it has been a brief moment in the rich history of this enduring group.
The Oak Ridge Boys work more than 150 personal appearances each year, ranging from giant state fairs to select theaters in the round and including symphony halls, auditoriums, festivals and arenas nationwide.
Their visit to Portsmouth has always been special. They express their pleasure backstage before and after the show as well as when they are performing onstage.
Tickets are $39 for adults, $36 for seniors, $29 for students, $22 for children age 12 and under and $35 each for a group of 20 or more.
Tickets on sale at the Vern Riffe Center's McKinley Box Office at (740) 351-3600 or online at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.