Entertainment Kenny Rogers

WEG entertainment for Oct. 7: Kenny Rogers

rcopley@herald-leader.comOctober 7, 2010 

Kenny and Jim

Kenny Rogers

JAY FLETCHER

  • IF YOU GO

    Alltech Fortnight Festival: Kenny Rogers

    When: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7

    Where: Lexington Opera House, 401 W. Short St.

    Tickets: $79-$150. Available by calling (859) 233-3535 or through Ticketmaster, 1-800-745-3000 or Ticketmaster.com.

    other events

    Eastern Kentucky University Chautauqua: Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore, folk and bluegrass. 7:30 p.m. EKU O'Donnell Theater, Richmond. Free. (859) 622-8667. www.chautauqua.eku.edu.

    Gorey Stories, play. By University of Kentucky Theatre. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7-9, 14-16; 2 p.m. Oct. 17. UK Guignol Theatre, 465 Rose St. $15; $10 seniors, students, UK faculty and staff. (859) 257-4929. Singletarytickets.com.

    Punch Brothers, bluegrass. 8 p.m. Norton Center for the Arts, Danville. $35, $40, $45. 1-877-448-7469. Nortoncenter.com.

    Monte Montgomery. 9 p.m. Cosmic Charlie's, 388 Woodland Ave. (859) 309-9499. Cosmic-charlies.com.

Kenny Rogers' heyday was in the late 1970s and '80s, and what a heyday.

You picked a fine time to leave me, Lucille,/ With four hungry children and a crop in the field ...

Rogers already had been a working musician for nearly two decades in groups such as the New Christy Minstrels and Kenny Rogers and the First Edition before 1977's Lucille hit No. 1 on the country and pop charts.

You've got to know when to hold 'em,/ Know when to fold 'em

A year later, Rogers delivered his icon, The Gambler, a 31/2-minute piece of Western noir. With his gravelly tenor, it was an ideal marriage of song and singer.

His star was established, and he spent many years bringing others into its glow.

Lady, I'm your knight in shining armor,/ And I love you

His producer collaborations included Lionel Richie, who wrote and produced his 1980 hit Lady. And then there were his duets with pop stars Kim Carnes (Don't Fall in Love With a Dreamer) and Sheena Easton (We've Got Tonight) and country favorites Dottie West (numerous hits) and Dolly Parton.

Islands in the stream,/ That is what we are

It has been quite some time since Rogers, 72, has sent a song to the top of the pop charts. But it shouldn't be hard to fill the Opera House with people who know his songs by heart.

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