2019-03-13 / News

Burke Apollo Nights ready for round two

DIANA ROYAL

It’s time for another series of Apollo Nights in Burke County, and $2,000 is up for grabs.

Cohosted by Waynesboro natives Tommy Ingram and Bobby Mathis and headlined by Mary Sumpter, the event, which serves as a fundraiser for the Veterans Community Center, is set to begin Friday, March 22. For four weeks contestants will go head to head, and the top performers from each week will advance to the semifinals where they’ll compete again for a chance in the finals and a shot at the cash.

Ingram says last year’s event was a huge success. “We were able to showcase the great singing talents of not just local artists, but others from neighboring counties,” he said. “This year, we want to expand our reach. We want to continue spotlighting these amazing singers, but like a true show at the Apollo, we know there’s more talent and we want to see that, too.”

Ingram says Apollo Night Season 2 is open to all acts – singers, dancers, spoken word performers, comedians and musicians. “Come see what we’re all about, while helping support your community, your veterans,” he said, adding that contestants will be surrounded by actors and professional entertainers from The Big Show, including Sumpter, Mr. World Famous, Belinda “B-Flat” Gordon and Olivia “Cookie” Pontoo, all of Mahasa Production, as well as Trina Gordon, Andrew “Boo” Jeffers as the Sandman, Mary Scott, Pam Ervin, Mike Mathis and Shondell Crumbley.

Each show will be held at the Veterans Community Center, 808 Davis Road in Waynesboro. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Shows begin at 9 p.m. and doors open at 8.

For additional information or to become a contestant, contact Mathis at 706.513.3434.

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