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Opera House announces upcoming performance

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012 11:34 a.m. CDT

SANDWICH — The Redhead Express and The Walker Family, a large family band playing music from the 1950s and 1960s as well as country, traditional, bluegrass, old-time songs, and original music, will perform at 7 p.m. Nov. 4 on the Opera House stage.

They are originally from Alaska but now live in Tennessee. They’ve played in Branson, Mo., as well as performing at festivals, churches, opry houses and more.

This large, talented family includes Brett and Apryll Walker, the parents, who have been married for more than 20 years. Brett sings as well as drives the family’s RV bus. Apryll grew up in a musical family, playing piano and violin. She sings and plays rhythm guitar. Like her mom, she always wanted a family band and is living her dream.

Kendra, 20, sings, plays lead guitar and writes music. LaRae, 19, plays banjo and sings, plus is famous for her smile. Alisa, 17, sings and plays mandolin and a hot fiddle. She can also yodel. Meghan, 14, is the steady bass player for the band and sings. Sean, Joseph and Ammon, ages 11, 9, and 7 respectively, are known as “The Walker Boys” — they sing harmonies and play fiddle, mandolin, banjo and bass.

They have played across the country, from California to Florida, doing 200 shows a year at performing arts centers, fairs, festivals, churches and schools. Having performed two seasons in Branson, and now pursuing a country career in Nashville, the Redhead Express has become a sought after show filled with variety, literally a song for everyone.

Tickets are $25, $20 for seniors 65-plus and $15 for students and may be purchased at the Opera House box office Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. at 140 E. Railroad St. in Sandwich. You may also reserve tickets with a credit card by calling 815-786-2555 during those hours. The box office will also be open at 6 p.m. the evening of the show.

Programs at the Sandwich Opera House are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. The Opera House is fully handicapped accessible.

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