Dreamweaver, music-maker, jack of all trader, and clever never-say-never-er radio talent Billy Block is bringing his Star Search for the finely-tuned set to the stage of the Ryman Auditorium. Cigna-HealthSpring's "Silver Stars", a talent competition for those 60+, brings together a boatload of mothers and fathers (likely grand ones, too) to the Mother Church of Country Music this afternoon. The show is in its sixth year and has collected a wealth of talent and judges. Today's 10 performers were chosen from an original total of 300 artists and will take the stage starting at 4 p.m. to compete for total winnings of $7,500 with a $5,000 grand prize. Seating is on a first-come first-served basis.
"I love Nashville!" said Billy. "Don't miss this heart-warming, all-ages, family-friendly, FREE show. You'll laugh, you'll cheer, you may even shed a tear."
- Ed King from Lynyrd Skynyrd
- Bruce "Hey Baby" Channel
- Country Legend Jim Glaser
In addition to the finalists, other performers who will take the stage include Silver Stars 2012 winner Dianne Hill, a blues singer; 2008 Silver Stars winner Thomas Maupin, a buck dance champion; and two honorable mentions, Don Lee Bloomquist, accordionist, and Ilar Bonds,singer. Watch Billy Block and finalist Sam Cooper discuss the event in this recent informative interview.
The finalists are:
- Leah Bowes: Singer and piano/vox player
- Sam Cooper & Reckless Abandon: Soul singer/band
- Les Fradkin: Z-tar player
- Darleen Meyer: Tap dancer
- Patricia Sonnier: Whistler
- Thelma Wilson: Blues singer
- Hazel Minnick: Ballroom dancer
- Tommy Cravens: Soul singer
- Dare Estok & Swingtime Explosion Band: Big band singer/band
For a bit more on Mr. Block and a peek into one of the many Block "parties" he puts on, look into some of his literal boatload of shows such as Blues Night on Thursdays at Puckett's Boat House in Franklin or watch and have mercy one fine Tuesday night at the Mercy Lounge in Nashville to take in The Billy Block Show live. Plus if you can't make it to town, you can even watch live online. For more information visit BillyBlock.com.
Best of all? You can see these bursts of platinum talent for FREE. And if you show up early, you even get a free CD. But the pluses aren't all kept to the 60+ set. Come one, come all - though there's an age minimum attached to the competitors, the audience is open to anyone - and there's for sure no limit on the talent you'll get to see.
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