- Liberty Opry will be closing its doors with one final show -
On June 26, the final show will be held at the Liberty Opry. The 50s and 60s specialty show starts at 6 p.m. and will feature Shake, Rattle and Roll, a unique female East Texas tribute show group — LeAnn Bemis, Debi Comis, Brenda Spencer and Tavie Spivey. The magical music of the 50s and 60s is reborn through this show group. It will be an unforgettable evening of “Music, Comedy, Memories and More,” backed by Jay Cantu, the Liberty Opry Band and comedy with "Booger Lee." A show not to be missed. Tickets are $25.
A special note of thanks and acknowledgment from the owners of Liberty Opry, Jay and Nina Cantu.
“The past few years have been very difficult and with heavy hearts we are announcing the closing of the Liberty Opry. We have tried to keep it going; however, we can no longer operate and maintain the facility.
“We have had the honor and privilege to sing, play and laugh alongside some truly gifted musicians and vocalists and a great comedian. We have met and become friends with so many wonderful people. We thank you all for your support and friendship. Most of all, we want to thank the Liberty Opry Band for their incredible talent and unwavering loyalty. You simply amazed us with your music on each show,” Nina Cantu said.
Those Cantu thanked are: Rick Burton, drummer extraordinaire; Jim Cox, amazing lead guitarist and vocalist (the Cox family were the original owners and operators of the Liberty Opry); Michael Garrett, the newest and fabulous bass player; Calvin Gainey, awesome keyboardist, vocalist, sound engineer; Brian Thomas, phenomenal steel guitarist (and a few other instruments); and Larry “Booger Lee” Etheridge — comedian with the greatest antics, facial expressions and delivery.
The Canuts also noted a special mention and thank you to Judy Etheridge and Kathy Sowell, the “ticket booth” ladies., always there and always ready; Ray Sowell — played acoustic guitar, known for his “Ray Price voice,” and emceed for many years at the Opry; Andy and Jimmy Lingenfelter and Mike Loftin — horn players for many specialty and oldies shows; and previous band members Rodney Smith and John Ray Baxter.
“To all of the excellent guest singers and entertainers that have graced our stage — locally and nationally — we thank you and applaud you.
“Even though we are closing, we will still be available to play at other locations and events. We will update you through social media and check our website libertyopry.com for future bookings.
“God Bless you all — thank you for the memories. You will be forever in our hearts,” Nina said.