Eric Brown and Jenn Cristy rock out on stage.
Originally published Friday, March 2, 2018 at 06:00a.m.
When putting on shows, there are a lot of requests from the audience for a little bit of everything and Khris Dodge Entertainment is answering those requests with one show, according to Khris Dodge, the owner and artistic director.
It all worked well as far as being able to highlight the best of four genres: pop, country, rock and R&B, Dodge said, and do it collaboratively.
“You have, much like you see out in the world, you’ve got your country singers singing along with your pop singers, and the R&B folks belting stuff out together,” Dodge said. “One style that may be outside of their norm, which makes it even more fun.”
The show takes audiences on a ride spanning four decades and presents songs by such artists as Chuck Berry, Janis Joplin, Tina Turner, Tom Petty, Patsy Cline and Prince. The show is set for 7 p.m. Friday, March 2, at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center, 117 E. Gurley St., Prescott.
Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors and $30 for opera-box seats and can be purchased online at www.prescottelkstheater, by calling 928-777-1370 or at the door one hour prior to the performance.
Dodge said the biggest challenge of the show was deciding what to leave out, but the best part is seeing the smiles on the faces of the audience members.
“The night is just full of requests that we’ve heard from audiences over the years,” he said. “You take the talents of the people that you have in place and use them to the best of their abilities … it just becomes a really fun night.”
The show has been touring through Arizona for the last couple weeks and has been received well, Dodge said. However, even though the repertoire covers four decades, changing costumes to reflect each decade would slow down the flow of the show too much, he said.
He spoke of the “aha” moment when listening to songs. It’s the moment where a person listens to a great song, gets a warm feeling and says, “oh, yeah,” Dodge said. The show is going to produce a lot of those “aha” moments, he said.
“You hear it in the audience as you play,” Dodge said. “You hear that ‘oh yeah’ moment when songs come up. That’s kind of nice.”