Legendary country band The Oak Ridge Boys will perform during the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival on Aug. 9 in Orkney Springs.
Richard Sterban, bass singer for the group, said that the band is excited about performing at the festival.
“We’re sincerely happy to be coming to the Shenandoah Valley,” he said. “We plan to have a great time.”
The Oak Ridge Boys formed in 1947 and has played with such talent as Johnny Cash and the Statler Brothers. Sterban joined the band in 1972 after serving as a back-up vocalist for Elvis Presley.
“There were people who questioned my decision to join the Oak Ridge Boys, but I guess I ended up making a good decision,” he said.
The Oak Ridge Boys went on to win five Grammy and two Academy of Country Music awards and have been inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. The band’s success culminated with being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2015.
“I’m still finding words to explain it,” Sterban said. “It was a tremendous honor that I never dreamed of.”
Sterban said the Oak Ridge Boys will perform a mix of their classic hits, including “Elvira,” along with some new songs from the band’s latest album,” “17th Avenue Revival,” which focuses on country gospel.
“It’s meaningful stuff,” he said. “It’s the type of music that has helped people through some tough times.”
The Oak Ridge Boys concert will begin at 8 p.m. Sterban encouraged everyone to come out for the concert.
“It’ll be a good night of country music and family entertainment with the Oak Ridge Boys,” he said.
If You Go
When: Aug. 9
Where: Shrine Mont, Orkney Springs
Tickets: $44 for adults, $10 for children under 18. Pavilion tickets for the event are sold out, but lawn tickets are still available. Purchase tickets online at https://musicfest.secure.force.com/ticket#/instances/a0F1Y00000aJuSZUA0