Cassie and the Bobs showcase Patsy Cline [UPDATED]Published 9:35am Tuesday, June 11, 2013 Updated 11:40am Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Historic Roosevelt Hall in Barrett will host familiar guests this June when a local favorite returns for a little honky-tonk music.
Cassie and the Bobs will play three shows during Barrett’s Old Settlers Reunion on June 21, 22 and 23. In their fifth year at the venue, the group will raise money for both the Barrett Old Settlers Reunion and the local theatre troupe, the Prairie Winds Players.
“Cassie (Wiesner), she just has an amazing voice,” said the Bobs’ piano player Anne O’Flynn of the group’s lead singer. “She is just an incredible singer. I’m lucky to get to be up front listening to her while I’m playing piano.”
Cassie and the Bobs have created a great deal of regional success, playing a number of prestigious venues from Duluth, Detroit Lakes to Yankton, S.D.
The group plays renditions of old standards by famous country-western singer Patsy Cline. Wiesner’s talent will be front and center as she sings such hits as “Walkin’ After Midnight,” “I Fall to Pieces” and “Sweet Dreams.” The tribute group was started during Prairie Winds’ production of “Always, Patsy Cline” in 2008.
“They’re songs that everyone knows,” O’Flynn said. “It brings people back to a time when they were young or maybe they were in love.”
The band’s popularity has continued to grow in the area over the past five years. The show owes some of the popularity to Roosevelt Hall and its wonderful acoustics and visibility, according to O’Flynn.
“I’m getting phone calls from a lot of people who are bringing their mom or bringing their parents,” O’Flynn said. “The theater seats just over 200 people, so we want everyone to be conformable. Really, there isn’t a bad place to sit.”
The group has printed 200 tickets for each night and O’Flynn said they hope to sell-out the shows. Tickets are available at Star Banks in Barrett and Elbow Lake and the Grant County Herald. Tickets will also be available at the door if shows are not sold out.
Performances on Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22 begin at 7:30 p.m. On Sunday, June 23 a matinee will begin at 2 p.m.
For O’Flynn, the three nights of music are a great way to support two great causes.
“We’re looking forward to this event, to give back to our community where we got our start,” O’Flynn said. “If you want to bring back some memories or just hear some great singing, come on out.”
This article includes information provided by the Grant County Herald