Ultimate Oldies Rocks Labor Day Kickoff

Thursday, September 8, 2016
Shannon Freeman as Elvis.(TD photo)

Elvis' rendition of the gospel classic "How Great Thou Art" brought the audience to their feet Friday night, as the Ultimate Oldies Show returned to the Rector Community Center. The first standing ovation of the night came midway into first part of the popular show, which served to usher-in Labor Day Weekend events. Shannon Freeman performed as Elvis, and continued to rock the house with multiple numbers filled with his usual mad-cap energy including "I Feel Good."

Chandler Gill's priceless sound was highlighted with a performance of Whitney Houston's chart topping "I Will Always Love You" which brought the second ovation as her pure voice tones made the high octaves seem easy to reach. Sam Morris who, along with Chandler, is one of the youngest performers, thrilled the audience with multiple solos and duets with sister Savannah.

Both the Ultimate Gals and the Fabulous Guys got hands clapping and toes tapping with features such as "Dancing Queen" by ABBA and "I Get Around" by the Beach Boys. Closing the concert was the raucous "Shout!" which took the performers to the lobby where they greeted audience members as the crowd exited, still swinging, swaying, and singing along.

The Ultimate Band was in fine form and Rector's Joey Pruett on bass guitar, providing the backbone for the concert's musical numbers. Fabulous keyboard artist Ken Wadley, along with Mark Owen, lead guitarist and musical director, and Pruett wowed the Rector audience.

Groups of friends recalled great memories and held their cell phones aloft as they kept time to familiar 50s, 60s and 70s tunes in what audience members remarked "was the best concert we've seen."

Producer Joe Wessell served as master of ceremonies and played along with the cast in their ad-libs and one-liners.

"This is the kind of show that brings people together with smiles on their faces from the first note to the last Shout," a spokesperson noted. "Labor Day Weekend in Rector begins best with a ticket for the Ultimate Oldies."

Procceds from the popular annual offering benefits the community center, and their continuing efforts to upgrade and maintain the facility.

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