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Live Music in Olalla welcomes Ronny Cox in Concert

(OLALLA) If you saw the movie “Deliverance” you’ll remember Ronny Cox from the “dueling banjos” scene. Cox was the guitar player in that legendary movie moment.

Since then he has played in more than 125 movies and TV shows but, to hear him tell it, what he loves most is singing and playing guitar.

On May 7, Cox will bring his band and his stories to the Olalla community hall in the May edition of the Mostly Monthly Concert Series.

“The truly great thing about music is that it’s like a double-edged sword,” Cox said. “Songs can be frivolous or sad but they can trigger an emotion almost immediately. It’s that sharing … of silliness or sadness or mutual understanding that I find so compelling.”

Cox’s music is perhaps best described as eclectic. Some call it a friendly, southwest kind of folk music “…but it’s hard to define it in a single genre,” said series producer Nolan Pepperdine. “It’s like a beautifully woven tapestry of songs and stories that are funny, sad, tender and very memorable.

“We’re incredibly fortunate to have Ronny make an appearance in Olalla,” Pepperdine said. “He’s making a special stop on his Northwest tour to play for us.”

As always, the May 7 show begins with an all-invited potluck at 6pm. Music starts at 7pm.

“Everyone who’s interested is invited to bring a dish to share and meet Ronny and the band,” Pepperdine said. “Ronny says he’s very much looking forward to getting to know his Olalla audience and sharing in the potluck.”

The monthly concerts are presented by the Olalla Community Club, a non-profit organization that has been serving the community since 1937. Suggested donation is $20, but nobody is ever turned away, Pepperdine said.

The final concert of this year’s Mostly Monthly Series will take place June 18 with a performance by Ian McFerrin.

For information visit olallahouse.org or contact Pepperdine at nolan@wavecable.com.

WHAT: A rare Northwest concert with singer/storyteller Ronny Cox

WHEN: Saturday, May 7 – potluck at 6pm; music at 7pm

WHERE: Olalla Community Hall – 12970 Olalla Valley Road

COST: Suggested donation $20

INFO: olallahouse.org or call 253-437-0078

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