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Donk’s to host Talent Search

Uncle Jimmy Wickham

On Saturday, August 31, Donk’s Theater, Virginia’s Li’l Ole Opry in Mathews, will host the third open-mike Talent Search of 2013.

Each year Donk’s hosts four Talent Searches that enable talent and production manager Lynda Smith to view talent available to be future performers with the Li’l Ole Opry. 

On Talent Search nights, Donk’s opens its microphones to talent of all ages. The contest spotlights talent hopefuls in the country music arena who wish to compete with a live band. Contestants may accompany themselves with an instrument or they may use the “Shades of Country” band for their presentation.  Because of space and time limitations, the competition does not include bands. 

Each person wishing to be a contestant must pick two well-known country songs. A list of possible songs the band knows is posted on the donk’s website at After meeting with the band, one of those songs will be selected to present to the audience and the judges. 

Contestants must report to Donk’s Theater between 6-7 p.m. on the night of the show (August 31) to register. The price of admission is the registration fee. After registering, each contestant will have a few minutes with the musicians to make sure the song is presented in the right key.

This Saturday’s show also will feature The Opry Regulars, Uncle Jimmy Wickham and the Shades of Country.

Admission is $12 for adults; $5 for children. Show time is 8 p.m. Doors open to the public at 7:30 p.m. Call 725-7760 or visit

posted 08.28.2013

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