This time a year ago, Kerry and Tracy Cole of “The Lefty Brothers” came to Seymour’s historic Owen Theatre to play a benefit concert for the downtown venue.
Attending the show was their good friend and fellow performer, Tony Orlando.
Orlando joined them on stage.
The event was sold out with more than 160 in attendance.
More than $2,500 was raised for the Owen.
This weekend, the Cole brothers return to the Owen to play for two days, again to assist the Seymour Area Arts Council, which owns the building built in 1941.
They will be joined on stage each night by several guest performers.
Kerry and Tracy Cole will perform on Friday and Saturday at the Owen Theatre for a pair of 7 p.m. shows.
Doors for each concert open at 6 p.m.
Admission is $20.
Season-ticket holders can use their free passes for either of the shows.
“Kerry and I found a small break in our schedule, and we wanted to show the Owen our support,” Tracy Cole said.
“We feel this venue is a wonderful thing for Seymour and want to do all we can do to support it. Hopefully, we’ll have a great crowd both nights.”
Currently, the Cole brothers perform nationally and worldwide with Orlando, as they’ve done for more than two decades. Tracy Cole is a Seymour resident.
All proceeds raised at the July 26 and July 27 concerts will directly benefit operations for the Owen, which has nearly 20 shows scheduled this year.
“Operating the Owen Theatre isn’t cheap, and we can’t say thank you enough for what Kerry and Tracy have done for us,” said Charlie Haywood, treasurer for the local arts council. “Last year, they played three times for us, once in August and twice in the fall. All three shows had capacity crowds. And all three shows were simply outstanding.”
In total, the Cole brothers’ efforts netted nearly $6,000 for the Owen Theatre.
Tickets for Friday's and Saturday's concerts now are on sale at the Webster County Citizen office, located on the west side of the Seymour square.
Tickets also can be ordered with a credit card by calling the Citizen office at 417-935-2257.
As of Monday, more than 180 tickets for the two shows had been sold. Capacity at the Owen is between 150 and 160, organizers said.
Tickets also will be available at the door.
“We love playing in Seymour,” Tracy Cole said.
“Kerry and I love the venue, and we love the cause. We also love seeing lots of familiar local faces when we play in Seymour. We see lots of people from our old Townhouse days and just have a great time the entire show.”