Gordy Pratt continues his tour of historic opera houses Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Dakota Theatre in Yankton. The 90-minute concert, a combination of classical guitar, original and favorite songs and stand-up musical comedy, begins at 7 p.m. Cost is $13 in advance and $15 at the door. To purchase tickets, contact the Theatre at (605) 665-4711 or by e-mail at LCTCyankton@yahoo.com.
Called the "Victor Borge of the Guitar," Gordy mesmerizes audiences with his unique blend of world-class guitar playing and stand-up musical comedy. His fingers fly as he plays Bach and Bluegrass in the same breath, Mozart on "12 cups of good, strong cowboy coffee," and a foot-stomping turn of "Classical Gas." In Gordy's character-driven comedy, you'll meet Orville T. Saddlesore, "a chewed up old cowboy" who offers up words of Western wisdom; Joe California, a cool dude struggling to survive his first winter; Joe Prosciutto, a New Yorker suffering culture shock; and, of course, a good dose of Gordy's "Baby Boomer Humor." His family friendly shows engage and delight audiences of all ages.
The Dakota Theatre opened in 1909 as the Yankton Opera House. In 1921 it was renamed the Hess Theatre by its new owners; it became the Dakota Theatre in 1929. The Theatre closed in 1987 and was purchased in 1990 by a nonprofit organization. It reopened in 1993 and houses the Lewis and Clark Theatre Company. The theatre is undergoing restoration.
Gordy spent many summers at the Black Hills Playhouse in Custer State Park in South Dakota where he fell in love with theater and music. It is his "love of old theaters" that led to the Historic Opera House Tour, he said. "I imagine music and laughter filling the halls of these great buildings for so many years. From Vaudeville acts to community theater shows, these houses continue to offer a great atmosphere in which people can perform."
Gordy has appeared on ABC's "Good Morning America" and shared the stage with Kenny Chesney, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Beach Boys and many others. For nearly 20 years, Gordy has performed his unique style of stand-up musical comedy as "The original Fabulous ONE GUY" for hundreds of corporations and organizations around the country. He studied at Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY; the Royal College of Music, London, England; and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
In addition to his most recent CD, "rusty old american dream," Gordy has produced a classical solo guitar album, "String Theory," and a historical CD, "Seth Bullock: Spirit of the West," among others. Gordy's music is available for sale on CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon.com and at Gordy's Web site, gordypratt.com.