Poker Alice, Brenda George play at Gayville Hall Nov. 5

Poker Alice, Brenda George play at Gayville Hall Nov. 5
The Poker Alice Band returns to Gayville Hall with its vast repertoire of country, western swing, old time, and popular standards for an 8 p.m. concert on Saturday, Nov. 5, with South Dakota country-western singer Brenda George of Avon.

George was a "sensation," according to Gayville Hall proprietor Doug Sharples, in classic country concerts he produced last summer at Gayville and Okoboji, IA.

She sang with the Poker Alice Band in the late 1980s before heading off to Nashville and was reunited with the band two years ago for a concert at Gayville Hall that was recorded for a CD, as yet unreleased.

Nick Schwebach, of rural Wakonda, who sings and plays lead guitar, founded Poker Alice about 20 years ago. Fiddler Owen DeJong of rural Wakonda joined the band after returning from Nashville, where he had performed several years with The Travelin' Band.

Bassist Larry Rohrer, a Sioux Falls native, joined Poker Alice in 1989 after moving to the Vermillion area to be program director at South Dakota Public Radio.

The other band members are Dennis Jensen of rural Beresford on guitar and keyboards and Al Remund of Lennox on drums. The group has performed widely in the Comfort Theatre Company's production of Always ? Patsy Cline.

Gayville Hall is at 502 Washington Street in Gayville. Reserved seats cost $12.50. Call the box office at 605-267-2859. Tickets are $10 at the door.

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