Get ready to rock and roll at the Many Community Center on Saturday, April 28.
There’ll be a whole lotta shakin’ going on starting at 7 p.m. when nationally known entertainer Brandy Roberts performs his tribute show to singer Jerry Lee Lewis.
April 28 is a special date for Roberts because it marks exactly 35 years since he first met Jerry Lee Lewis. Roberts was 14 years old at the time.
“We are thrilled to have a performer of his caliber agree to do a show in our town,” Many Mayor Ken Freeman said. “Frankly I was shocked when he accepted our invitation to return for a second show because he is booked up to a year in advance. One of the reasons we can attract musicians like Roberts is because they enjoy performing in the historic old theatre that is now the Many Community Center.”
Roberts first performed at the Many Community Center in 2017. He was unknown to most of the audience. But the audience fell in love with him and his high energy performance. They gave Roberts a standing ovation. The feeling was mutual.
After the show, Roberts expressed his wish to return and perform again at the old theater. Cultural District Advisory President Mary Brocato quickly began negotiations with Preston Roberts, Brandy’s father and booking agent, to find a suitable date for Roberts to return to Many. The first available date was April 28, 2018, and the talented Roberts was quickly booked.
Brandy Roberts is a high energy performer offering a Jerry Lee Lewis type show. Brandy is personally endorsed by the Killer himself. Brandy Roberts will definitely arouse and please the crowd at the Many Community Center.
Roberts has opened shows for Jerry Lee Lewis and performed at Jerry Lee’s private birthday celebrations from 1995 to 2000. At the gathering celebrating Jerry Lee Lewis’ 40th year in the music business, Brandy performed on stage with Jerry Lee.
Roberts was a member of the Louisiana Hayride in Bossier City, Louisiana from 1985 until it closed in 1987. Bud Christian and his band Homemade Jam will join Roberts on stage. Christian was director of the Louisiana Hayride for 10 years until it closed. He is a talented musician and adds much to the popularity of Roberts’ show.
Roberts has also performed at the world famous Reo Palm Isle in Longview, Texas from 1997 to 1999. There he opened shows for performers such as Gary Stewart, Johnny Rodriquez, and Eddie Raven.
When recording his first CD in Memphis, TN, Roberts used Jerry Lee Lewis’s All Star Road Band. Now many CDs later, he has sold numerous CDs across the United States and around the world in Europe, France, Germany, Australia, and Sweden to name a few.
For years Roberts lived and performed primarily in Branson, Missouri, and on the road across the United States. He returned to his hometown of Shreveport recently and uses Shreveport as his base.
Jerry Lee Lewis had this to say about Roberts, who performs every year at Lewis’s birthday party, “Brandy Roberts has been a personal friend of mine for many, many years. He is extremely talented in his field and I highly recommend Brandy for any upcoming performances he may encounter.”
Roberts is Jerry Lee Lewis through and through. Roberts was smitten with Lewis’s style of music at an early age and from then on that’s how he wanted to play.
However, rock and roll and boogie-woogie are not his only talent. He is a fine country singer as well. For his April 28 show in Many, he has chosen a mix of upfront rock’n’ roll, Jerry Lee Lewis songs, blues and ballads, and Southern gospel music.
Roberts has recently released a gospel music album, and he will be performing some of these gospel songs as well. There will be songs to please every member of the audience.
He sounds and plays the piano very similar to Jerry Lee Lewis. Critics say that of all the Jerry Lee Lewis imitators, Brandy Roberts is the closest thing to Jerry Lee Lewis on the planet. His stage act is like the Jerry Lee Lewis of the 50s-60s. This piano rockabilly is considered to be the clone of Jerry Lee Lewis.
He will play much of the Killer’s material along with the hits of Carl Perkins, Mickey Gilley, Chuck Berry, Charley Rich, and others. His repertoire consists of rockers, blues, and ballads. His stage performance is considered to be “Wild”!
Roberts has been awarded “The Entertainer of the Year” Award for best rockabilly CD.
Doors to the Many Community Center will open at 6 p.m. on April 28. The show will begin at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12.
The Brandy Roberts Show is sponsored by Many Mayor Ken Freeman, the Many Cultural District Advisory Committee and the Town of Many. It’s their mission to bring Music in Many, Movies in Many and other activities to enrich the community with music, art,and entertainment so that people can stay home and enjoy activities in Many and Sabine Parish.
Concessions will be available and Brandy Roberts cds will also be for sale, including his new gospel album.