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Country music ‘stars’
come to Scottsburg Jamboree

Ben Fronczek
Staff Writer


(December 2001) Scottsburg, In – Bill and Phyllis Duke have spent the last 15 years promoting new talent in the music industry. Six years ago they turned it into a full-fledged company titled Rising Star Promotions.

The Legends

The Legends

Now with this mission of showcasing rising stars, they are opening a new Scott County concert hall called the Scottsburg Jamboree. The building, which in the past has housed live bluegrass music and clog dancing, is located at 1366 Zion Rd., just five miles from the I-65 exit in Scottsburg.
The Dukes plan to play host to live entertainment every Saturday night.
“We have a house band, but we’ll bring in new talent each week,” said Bill. “We book three guests per week. We do traditional country, new country, gospel, old time rock ‘n roll and occasionally we’ll put in some bluegrass, too.”
The Dukes, originally from Louisville but now residing in nearby Salem, Ind., plan to bring one of the specialty shows that made Rising Star Promotions famous to the new Scottsburg Jamboree. The particular show is titled “Legends” and is made up of country singer impersonators who portray legends such as Johnny Cash and Kenny Rogers. They have taken this act and other talent they have booked to places like the French Lick Resort, the Nashville (Ind.) Legends Opry and the Derby Dinner Playhouse in Clarksville, Ind.
“We get out and scout for talent and go to talent contests,” said Bill. “We want to showcase new talent and help them get started in the business.”
He said that the Saturday night concerts will be a combination of rising and existing talent with the possibility of Friday night and Sunday afternoon shows in the future.
The Dukes are currently renting the space for Saturday nights. Clogging still goes on at times during the week. Bill said he was most impressed with the layout of the building when he initially saw it.
“It already had a concession stand and bathroom and parking facilities,” he said. “We put in a new stage and a new mural on the back wall.”
The mural is an 8-foot-high, 14-foot-wide painting of an old gristmill. The Dukes are trying to maintain a family filled atmosphere at the Scottsburg Jamboree with no alcohol or smoking allowed. Community and tourism officials are excited about the new venue’s appeal.
“I think this will potentially be very positive and have a significant impact,” said Scott County Tourism Director Bob McAdams, who attended the second concert at Scottsburg Jamboree. “I am really impressed with the quality of the live entertainment. The fact that he has different entertainment coming in is just really great. It gives us one more thing to offer people from out of town.”
One of the upcoming concerts will be by Amanda Hill, a Sellersburg, Ind., resident who has had recent success with her first recorded single and originally written song “Coming Home.” The song was inspired by the East Coast terrorist tragedies on Sept. 11 and has had been playing on various Louisville radio stations and live performances on WAVE-TV, WHAS-TV and FOX 41 in Louisville.
At 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 22, Hill will perform approximately six songs at Scottsburg Jamboree, including “Coming Home.”
“I’m really excited because I’ve never really actually had a performance where I’ve sung a lot of songs,” said Hill, whose past performance experiences have been in talent competitions at places such as Nashville. “It will be my first big performance of singing more than one song.”

• Tickets for the Saturday concerts are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $4 for children. For general or ticket information, call (812) 896-1952.

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