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Uptown Opry Adjusts Schedule


Citing an overall downturn in the economy, Hap Strunk announced that McCreary County’s Uptown Opry, located on Main Street in Whitley City, will be cutting back from its traditional weekly Friday night performances.  Instead, the Opry will offer top of the line classic country music performances on the first and third Friday of each month.

“In talking with other musicians, attendance is down all over,” Strunk commented.  “I think it is due to the overall economy.  We don’t want to leave here all together because we’ve had a good run, and this is home.  Hopefully, things will pick back up.  In the meantime, with performances on the first and third Fridays, we’re still here but can explore the option of relocating in Somerset.”

The Uptown Opry, which opened in 2006, specializes in classic country music.  Strunk is quick to explain his love of the classic sound of legendary performers such as Haggard, Jones, Strait, and other traditional country singers.

“Today’s country music takes the same tune and just rearranges it,” Strunk commented.

Strunk is proud that he has never had a negative incident with the Uptown Opry during the past nine years.  As a non-smoking, non-drinking venue, the Uptown Opry provides its patrons with a family friendly location to enjoy classic country music.

The Opry’s new schedule will begin this first Friday of the month on June 5 with a potluck dinner and special guest, Claude Davis.

“Starting this month, we’ll be having a potluck dinner on the first Friday,” Strunk said with a grin.  “People always like that.”

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