Deborah and Richard Popovich, performed on Thurs., April 12 at the Golden Age Club Drop-In Centre located in the Big Knife Villa in Forestburg.
Richard and Deborah Popovich, performed on Thurs., April 12 at the Golden Age Club Drop-In Centre located in the Big Knife Villa in Forestburg.
The duo entertained to a full house as they incorporated humour and 1950’s-1970’s rock’n roll music in an interactive style program.
They performed songs that topped the radio music charts of the day.
Coffee and goodies prepared by the ladies of the Golden Age Club and Marj Lunty was the winner of the 50/50 draw.
The Popovich duo kicked off the evening with an old song called, “Sentimental Journey,” which indeed set the stage for the evening’s festivities!
Doris Day was credited for making the song, Sentimental Journey, a hit in 1945; however, when Deborah sang her rendition of this old favourite it was her classical training that infused each note and left the audience riveted and wanting more.
Deborah Popovich regaled the audience with her melodic voice and her keen ability to play the straight man or rather woman to her husband’s antics!
“I am good with Richard being the comedian,” said Deborah. “We love to entertain and enjoy the audience’s responses.”
From the Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy to Rock Around The Clock, Johnny B Goode, Blue Suede Shoes through to Calendar Girl and a little Jailhouse Rock and onto Let It Be, the crowd indeed got to experience that ole sentimental feeling.
The time flew quickly as they sang each song-stopping only for Richard to tell a few jokes or tease select audience members in some light-hearted banter and wit.
He has a keen ability to remember names from the audience amazes them with this knack.
They ended the concert with a 1960’s medley of: Cover of the rolling Stone, (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, and Proud Mary.
The crowd requested an encore and The Battle of New Orleans was sung.
The Popovich’s have entertained audiences throughout Western Canada for well over 30 years.
The duo has performed 27 years and 3,000 plus shows on the Alberta Prairie Tourist train out of Stettler which carries over 30,000 riders annually.
The couple dedicate “a portion of every year to entertaining seniors throughout Western Canada in Lodges, Drop-In Centres and Long-Term Care facilities.
They offer several presentations including a nostalgic Roaring 20’s show which features famous old songs and slapstick comedy, states their brochure.
“We especially enjoy it when the audience plays along and commits to the experience,” said Richard.
by Jamie Geddes