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The Pemberville Opera House will come alive with the sounds of bluegrass Sept. 6 as The Rick Prater Band kicks off the seventh season of Live! in the House concerts series.

A native son of Knott County, Kentucky, Prater deftly combines the sounds of his home with original musical ideas to form a unique yet traditional sound.

After living in Indiana for several years, he returned to Kentucky in 2010. With the move came a reorganization of his band, formerly known as Rick Prater & The Midnight Travelers.

Prater’s strong skills on the rhythm guitar, and occasionally on lead guitar, are the perfect complement to his vocal style. Complementing Prater are Larry Martin on banjo and baritone vocals; Brian Scott on mandolin and tenor vocals and John Arms on the bass fiddle.

The band members come together to provide a wholesome, family show, that doesn’t rely on gimmicks – there is no smoke and mirrors or fancy light shows, just traditional bluegrass music, played from the heart, for real people.

Rick Prater

In addition to his normal bluegrass shows, Prater delivers a Bluegrass Gospel program that has earned him many accolades.

Tickets to the show, which starts at 7:30 p.m. are $10 and are available at Beeker’s General Store in downtown Pemberville, or by contacting Carol at 419-287-4848 or

The series will continue with concerts planned the first Saturday of each month through May.

The performance schedule includes:
• Oct. 4 – Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Barbara Bailey Hutchinson.

• Nov. 1 – Vaudevillian magician and comedian The Great Kaplan.

• Dec. 6 – Holiday music performed by barbershop chorus The Voices of Harmony.

• Jan. 3 – Silent Movie Night featuring some laughs with Charlie Chaplain, highlighted by Lynne Long on the piano.

• Feb. 7 – Ragtime Rick and The Chefs of Dixieland.

• March 7 – Lone Raven providing an eclectic blend of traditional music from the Celtic lands and other areas of the world.

• April 11 – Russian Duo, a collaboration highlighting the sounds of the Russian balalaika underscored by a vast and expansive range of piano music.

• May 2 – Lee Murdock playing music highlighting lighthouse legends and songs of the Great Lakes.

Season tickets are available for $75. Call Bailey at the above number or visit for more information.



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