A picture is worth a thousand words: you can see this Dolly and Kenny are working hard to present fans with a really special experience. (Submitted)

A picture is worth a thousand words: you can see this Dolly and Kenny are working hard to present fans with a really special experience. (Submitted)

Column: Tribute acts are top notch entertainment

If you haven’t noticed that the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre has included quite a number of tribute acts in their fall/winter lineup, you should check the schedule again.

And make note of those dates. And get those tickets ordered. And get ready for some great entertainment.

These performers are not just wannabes, they don’t offer just a trip down memory lane for oldsters, they are dedicated professionals who enjoy what they are doing and do it very well.

They are usually drawn to the music they play because they love it. They’ve always admired that band or that performer and want to present those songs in a genuine tribute.

They offer great nights out because they’ve done their research, studied the singer or group, watched how they moved, how they sang, how they interacted with the audiences: all those things that pleased crowds back then and continue to please audiences today.

And they know you want to hear your favourite songs, so they make sure to perform them, rather than just presenting a token few before moving on to newer material.

A good song is a good song and it will continue to attract new listeners as time goes by.

Their determination to bring their act to life shines through and adds buoyancy to every performance as well.

So, when you attend a show featuring a tribute act, expect what you came for: all the hits you loved, all the attitude, the true-to-the-time clothing, and more.

It’s been exciting to see such Vancouver Island acts at Zachary Stevenson’s Buddy Holly show and Eagle Eyes tribute to the Eagles out there on the circuit, succeeding in keeping the dream alive.

Now, what’s on at the Cowichan Valley’s biggest stage this fall?

First up is Louisiana Hayride, (Sept. 15), with country music hits from the past, followed closely by TIME: the Pink

Floyd tribute (Sept. 23).

On Oct. 4, there’s the Kenny and Dolly Tribute, with the songs of Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton.

Next up is A Tribute to Elvis in Concert (Oct. 12), with two Elvises for the price of one.

Right after that, there’s Abbamania and The British Legends, also including The Bee Gees and Cher, too.

Whew! This troupe is always fun and has been a crowd-pleaser in Duncan for years. Now they’re back (Oct. 18) with an updated show.

By Sunday, Nov. 12, it’s time for a musical shoot-out in one concert. Yes, it’s The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones. They’re calling it “the good guys and bad boys in One Spectacular Show!”

Sorry for the hysteria but these shows are just good fun, as well as great entertainment.

Finally, the always-popular Legends of Rock’n’Roll series presents A Rock’n’Roll Christmas with Killer, Cash &The King (Dec. 12) where they’ll be pulling out all the stops for a pre-holiday show of shows.

Ask the folks at the Cowichan Ticket Centre at 250-748-7529, go online at cowichanpac.ca, check out the Cowichan Performing arts Facebook page, pick up a brochure: whatever you do, get going and enjoy this very special group of shows.