For 10 years the Louisiana Hayride Show has paid tribute to classic rock ‘n’ roll and country singers, like Roy Orbison and Willie Nelson (from left). (Photos courtesy Ronald Cartier)

A decade of classic country and rock ‘n’ roll

Louisiana Hayride Show returns to the Port Theatre

Lori Risling didn’t know what to expect when she debuted the Louisiana Hayride Show in Salmon Arm 10 years ago, but the classic country and rock ‘n’ roll tribute revue was a success from before Day One.

“We booked three nights and we sold tickets for the second and third night and the first night was going to be dress rehearsal,” she explained. “And when the second and third night sold out we decided to put the first night on sale, too. Technically, we’ve never had a full dress rehearsal.”

The show, featuring nearly all Okanagan musicians, has since toured across Western Canada. New for this year’s Nanaimo show at the Port Theatre on May 21 are songs by Willie Nelson, Jerry Lee Lewis, Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn.

Risling said it’s “heartwarming” that audiences have made the show a success.

“It’s just very rewarding that after 10 years the same people still want to come and see the show,” she said.

WHAT’S ON … The Louisiana Hayride Show at the Port Theatre on Tuesday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m. $49.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Beefs & Bouquets, May 23

To submit a beef or a bouquet to the Nanaimo News Bulletin, e-mail

Nanaimo Timbermen want to keep trending upward

Senior A lacrosse team, coming off a 2018 playoff appearance, about to start 2019 WLA season

Bookfest helps fill school library shelves leading up to next week’s event

Vancouver Island Children’s Book Festival is June 1 at downtown Nanaimo venues

Students get a look at some of the City of Nanaimo’s inner workings

Hundreds of students participate in Public Works Day

Young Nanaimo man dies after losing control of ATV

Accident claimed the life of a 23-year-old south of Nanaimo over the long weekend

Trudeau touts economic record at Liberal fundraiser in Vancouver

The Prime Minister was in B.C. for much of this week

Thunderstorms to bring heavy rain, risk of flash floods in the Okanagan

Ten to 30 millimetres of rain to fall over the early weekend

Nanaimo astronomers can hear about ultraviolet telescope’s galactic calculations

Canada’s space telescope to look at blue end of light spectrum to unveil mysteries of the universe

UPDATE: Suspected drunk driver crashes into line-painting truck on the highway in Nanaimo

Crash happened at 1 a.m. Wednesday on the Trans-Canada Highway near Duke Point Highway

Unbe-leaf-able: Agassiz man finds more than 200 four-leaf clovers in a month

Walt Hardinge has found more than 219 four-or-more leaf clovers this spring alone

Crews fight fire with fire to keep blaze from northern Alberta town

The wildfire now covers some 920 square kilometres

Man in B.C. charged with murder and arson in 2016 New Brunswick death

He is charged in the death of 71-year-old Lucille Maltais, who was found inside a burned down home

Improve your life and theirs, adopt a cat from the BC SPCA

The BC SPCA holds an adult cat adoption promotion

RCMP probe if teen was intentionally hit with ski pole by mystery skier on B.C. mountain

The incident happened on March 20 on Grouse Mountain. Police are urging witnesses to come forward

Most Read