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Dottie West Music Fest

Dottie West Music Fest

Posted: Thursday, August 28, 2008 10:04 am

The 2008 Dottie West Music Fest will be held on Saturday, October 11. Event organizers Bill Myers and Thomas B. Vaughn said in a joint statement We picked that date because it s the anniversary of Dottie’s birthday. It’s a wonderful way to honor Dottie s myriad contributions to music, recognize and reward emerging musical talent, raise money for Dottie West Scholarships, and have some fun, too. This year, the Dottie West Music Fest will be held in downtown McMinnville. The decision to return to our roots, so to speak, was based on a groundswell of popular demand, particularly among the downtown business and professional community , said Myers. And this is where it all began , added Vaughn. Highlights of the 2008 Dottie West Music will include an amateur Singer/Songwriter Contest and a Karaoke Contest. Various vendors are expected to have their wares for sale as well. The main attraction will be the return of a galaxy of award-winning professional singer-songwriters, including Jackie Jack White, Wood Newton, Karen Staley, and George Teren. This group was a big hit with fans last year. Joining this bevy of talent will be Jim McBride, who has written number one songs for Alan Jackson and Waylon Jennings. Also sitting in will be local and area favorite singer-songwriter Jeremy Stone, whose debut CD Tall Tales From Big Pond has received rave reviews from a variety of fans, including those who attended his recent Bluebird Cafe. performance. Also, multi-talented singer-songwriter and Warren County native Naomi Morrison will be a very special guest of Jackie Jack White. Now headlining shows in Dollywood, Naomi performed to an enthusiastic audience last year and is looking forward to gracing the Dottie West Music Fest stage again this year. The 2008 Dottie West Music Fest will start at 12 noon and run until 7 p.m. or so. Admission is a mere $5.00 for the entire event. To see even one of our premier performers would cost four or five times that amount at the Bluebird Cafe, plus gasoline, so this is a real bargain , said Vaughn. We’re hoping Dottie’s legions of friends and fans will take advantage of this bargain and help us make the Dottie West Music Fest reach its tremendous potential as a “go to event” for this area, added Myers. Net profits from the Dottie West Music Fest will be used to fund Dottie West Scholarships for nontraditional students at Motlow in McMinnville.

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