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Dueling Keyboard Boys, season opens August 26

Posted: Friday, July 22, 2016

The new season of shows at Roanoke’s Cottage Event Center kicks off with a spectacular concert featuring a pair of keyboardists each with a long list of credentials, plus a vocalist who has performed with Nashville superstar Martina McBride. The event, the venue’s fifth annual fund raiser for the Roanoke Lions Club, is scheduled for Friday, August 26, with the show beginning at 7:30 p.m. As usual, the Roanoke Lions will be on site grilling burgers for purchase.

The concert will feature a varied assortment of musical styles, including songs made famous by artists like Frank Sinatra, Elvis, Patsy Cline and Michael Jackson.

The Dueling Keyboard Boys are made up of Paul New Stewart and Brian Frushour. Stewart, known to Event Center audiences for his rockabilly piano work with guitarist Kenny Taylor, is a veteran of the music industry both on and off stage. He has performed with national acts including Frankie Avalon, The Coasters, Charlie Rich, Nancy Sinatra and Fats Domino. He appeared on the Mike Douglas TV show and was part of Dick Clark’s original Bandstand program based in Philadelphia. He worked as a stand-in for actor Kurt Russell on the TV movie, Elvis and sang at seven different major league playoff games for the Pittsburgh Pirates, and sang for Willie Mays’ induction ceremony into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

After moving to Fort Wayne in the 1980’s Stewart managed the Pierre’s nightspot, and also joined with singer Chris Worth to form the popular Chris and Paul nightclub act.

Brian Frushour has performed keyboards at Five Star venues throughout China and Japan, and worked as a Promenade Soloist for Carnival Cruise Lines. He performed with the rock band, Mindshank, which recorded two albums. He is a graduate of Saint Francis University with a degree in Music Technology, and currently works for Sweetwater Sound.

Julie Hadaway performed as both a backup singer and opening act for country star Martina McBride at the Memorial Coliseum. Hadaway has performed across the Midwest and in Tennessee. She is an instructor with Ivy Tech Community College and Trine University, and at Wayne High School.

Tickets are $12 and may be purchased by calling (260) 483-3508. They may also be ordered online at cottageeventcenter.com or at John’s Meat Market in Roanoke. The event is sponsored by Bippus State Bank and Larry Elliot Insurance.

Other upcoming shows at the Cottage Event Center include the return of Sinatra style trio The Brat Pack on September 16 for Riley Children’s Hospital, Jimmy Buffet style duo Two Dudes in Flip Flops for the Roanoke Kiwanis on October 21 and Toys for Tots Holiday Concert on December 2 starring Shannon Persinger and The Eric Clancy Trio. On New Year’s Eve, Bower North Productions returns with their popular Comedy Mystery Dinner Theater presentation.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Cash bar and food is available for purchase. The Cottage Event Center is owned and operated by Hamilton Hospitality Group.