By MARK EVANS
STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD
After getting rave reviews on the inaugural Ste. Genevieve Chamber of Commerce Winter Music Series last year, organizers opted to expand it for this year.
The Second Annual Winter Music Series will feature six Friday nights of live music, rather than the four of 2022.
“Our first winter series was so successful, we just decided to expand it a little bit,” Dena Kreitler, executive director of the chamber of commerce, said. “We’re going to do six shows this year and see how that goes.”
Four of the groups are familiar to local patrons. The two additional bands are new, but are not strangers to the area.
“We added two new groups this year, based off recommendation of concert-goers,” Kreitler explained.
The series kicks off Feb. 10 with Saints Til Friday again leading off the series. Southern Gypsi plays Feb. 17, followed by Sweet Water Holler Feb. 24.
The three March concerts will be Crossroads on March 3, The Outsiders on March 10 and Ear Candy March 17.
“Our first four are very familiar, Kreitler said.
The two new additions are also from nearby. The Outsiders are from St. Francois County, while local artist Chuck Trollinger leads Ear Candy.
“I think they’re all great entertainers,” Kreitler said. “I know the first four, for sure, bring in a large group of followers. I’m hoping that the last two shows will draw people wanting to get out and listen to some new music.
“I feel that the whole series as a whole should be very successful.”
All sponsorships have sold out.
“We can’t do it without the sponsors,” Kreitler said. “I do appreciate their continued support year after year for all our projects – especially the Summer and Winter Music Series. We’re pretty excited about it.”
Of course the venue will continue to be the historic Orris Theatre. The old movie palace received some upgrades in the last couple of years and continues to shine in its own right.
New new drum risers and new banners have been added this year.
“Everything else is good to go,” Kreitler said. “Our sound is perfect; our lights are perfect. We’re just looking forward to another solid series.”
Tickets are $10 and may be purchased in advance or at the door.
Once again, the Herald will give away two tickets to each concert.