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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • 'Group and Gospel' round of Grand Awards Show series set for Saturday

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  • Ada-based performers and bands including Ken Hancock, Deborah Butcher, Jimmy Tignor, Tom Schultz, A Servant's Heart, From the Heart, Heartland Sweethearts and Red River will all be a part of McSwain Theatre's Grand Awards Show preliminary "Group and Gospel" competition, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
    Part of the Grand Award Show series, this competition showcases the best local talent and gives the audience the power to choose their favorites via ballot voting. Jae L. Stilwell and the Crossover band will serve as hosts of the evening.
    Gospel act Vondi Harding, of Pauls Valley, and duos Gary McCarter and Carlee Eaton, of Tishomingo and McAlester; Lori and Ray North, of Seminole; Deana Jo and Mike Vaughn, of Moore; Wiley Winters and Missy Rude, of Paoli and Pauls Valley; Lauren Lee and Liberty Road, of Holdenville are also set to take the stage during the "Group and Gospel" competition.
    In the preliminary competitions, participants vie for awards in five categories; best gospel and group performers, male and female performers, and best 16-and-under performer. The 16-and-under round was conducted May 18.
    The top-five artists in each preliminary will be determined by audience vote and advance to compete for top overall honors.
    Dates for the Preliminary Rounds:
    Saturday: Gospel and Group Category
    Aug. 17: Female Performer Category
    Sept. 21: Top 5 Show
    Overall winners, as well as an Entertainer of the Year, will be named during the Oct. 19 finale. The recipient of the Mae Boren Axton Award, the highest honor given by the McSwain, will also be revealed. The 1993 McSwain Theatre Grand Awards Show honored the "Queen Mother of Nashville" Mae Boren Axton for her influence on the music scene.
    Tickets for the Grand Awards Show and all remaining preliminary rounds are now available.
    Each concert ticket includes an Awards Show ballot, allowing ticket-holders to vote for their five favorites as well as a write-in choice for Entertainer of the Year.
    For ticket information, contact the McSwain Theatre at (580) 332-8108 or online at www.McSwainTheatre.com.
    The McSwain Theatre, owned and operated by the Chickasaw Nation, is located at 130 W. Main St.

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