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Orpheum hosts The Kay Brothers during Holiday Stroll

The Kay BrothersThe Orpheum Theater Center will host a performance by The Kay Brothers on Saturday, Nov. 23, from 7 to 9 pm during the annual Holiday Stroll. This folk music concert will be held in the Orpheum Theater Center’s Black Box Theater at 220 E. Main St. in Marshalltown. Admission is $12.50 per person.

“These fantastic musicians play what is known as ‘Ozark Stompgrass,’” says Bob Untiedt, Orpheum Theater Center Director. They’re excellent folk musicians, and this will be a lively and entertaining show. I encourage everyone to listen to their Find Your Love video on YouTube … you won’t want to miss them when they’re in Marshalltown!”

Missouri brothers Pat and Bryan Kay have formed a band that salutes music traditional to their Ozarks homeland: old-time fiddle music meets foot-stomping country blues. Pat Kay plays banjo, guitar, harmonica and kick drum and Bryan Kay plays dog house bass. According to their Facebook page, the band’s songs are “a collection of stories, often ancient in verse but timeless in meaning, delivered with sunny reverence for this forgotten music bred to uplift from the tangle of struggles in a bygone era.”

In 2018, the band released its Self-Titled Debut Album and a companion video for their song, “Find Your Love,” recorded in an abandoned auto garage in Callaway County. Joined by Molly Healey and Roger Netherton on fiddles as well as “Shakin’ Jake” Allen on percussion, the Kay Brothers boast sibling harmonies, upright bass, guitar, tenor banjo, fiddle, harmonica, cello, washboard, congas, shakers, and an array of foot percussion. Their self-proclaimed mission is “to preserve the rural music of our forefathers and mothers that used to fill the wooden barns that once dotted countryside on Saturday night and the small family churches on Sunday morning.”

The IVCCD Orpheum Theater Center is owned and operated by Iowa Valley Community College District and demonstrates IVCCD’s vitality and commitment to partnering, educating and building our communities.

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