Space cleared to dance at honky-tonky Hootenany

Historic Everett Theatre does not expect you to sit still while listening to honky-tonk music.

The theater has removed several rows of seats in the main floor auditorium so visitors to the “Honky Tonkin’ Hootenany” on Saturday can kick up their heels right in front of the stage.

This dance-hall ambience will come alive when the red-headed Marcia Kester performs solo. Her powerful voice has been compared to the savory texture of Patsy Cline and Bonnie Raitt and her arrangements add a modern flavor to classic songs, according to her website.

Visitors will also hear the authentic honky tonk sounds of Liam Fitzgerald and The Rainieros.

The theater’s Hometown Band will perform songs that include “Play Something Country” by Brooks and Dunn, “Bob Wills Is Still the King” by Waylon Jennings and “Honky Tonk Man” by Dwight Yoakam.

The showcase artist is Kate Olson who will join the band to perform “Jolene” and LeAnn Rimes’ hit “Don’t Worry (About Me).”

This toe-tapping evening salutes the styles of two-stepping honky tonk music made popular in southern dance halls and West Texas honky tonks and by the likes of Western swing musicians like Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys.

Today, modern-day honky-tonkers include Dwight Yoakam, Garth Brooks and Joe Diffie.

The “Honky Tonkin’ Hootenany” starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Historic Everett Theatre, 2911 Colby Ave., Everett.

Advance tickets are $16.50, $13 and $5 for kids 12 and under, at or 800-838-3006. Tickets are available at the theater box office during regular hours or by calling 425-258-6766 or at the door one hour before show time.

Herald staff

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