Live Music

23 Years of Little Oprey

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Staff Report

A unique brand of music has been taking place every Saturday night for over 20 years at The Little O’ Oprey, where musicians and music fans have enjoyed a family-friendly musical environment of country gospel, bluegrass and ’50s style Rock ‘N Roll.

The Oprey will celebrate its 23rd anniversary on Oct. 13, with a special show at 7 p.m. The following week, Oct. 20, will be youth night, highlighting young performers throughout Northwest Arkansas.

Dan Wiethop founded the show in its present location on Oct. 13, 1989, and it has become the longest-running show of its kind. Young people particularly have an opportunity to gain experience performing with a live band, and several who have played have gone on to Nashville with successful musical careers.

Recently, 12-year-old Braydon Roller, who has been playing the steel guitar for only five weeks, surprised the audience by playing the “Steel Guitar Rag.” He received a standing ovation by the audience, including his grandfather, Jerry Roller, who has been playing steel guitar and dobro for 21 years.

Join the celebration, enjoy the special show, and learn more by visiting www.littleoprey.org

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