Herbie Russ

Herbie Russ, seen here performing during a downtown Marion celebration last year, will host the Marion’s Got Talent show this Saturday at the Lincoln Theatre.


Herbie Russ has come down with the flu, so the show has been postponed. Tickets will be refunded at Lincoln box office or can be used at the show when it’s rescheduled. 


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Best known for his appearance on “America's Got Talent” and a favorite from last year’s Summer of Love celebration in downtown Marion, Herbie Russ will host “Marion’s Got Talent” on Saturday at the Lincoln Theatre.

The show begins at 7 p.m. with five musical performances from area contestants competing for the first prize of $500 and a chance to appear as a headliner at the Lincoln.

Herbie Russ is a soulful performer who wears many 'musical hats' - including that of singer, saxophonist, keyboardist, producer and songwriter. They’ve heard his saxophone, but millions of people have also heard Russ sing, they just don’t know it. He has lent his vocals skills to commercial work for such clients as AT&T, The Ford Motor Company, General Motors, and the Fox Network.

Contestants in this year’s local talent program are:

Michael Karnes of Marion, math teacher at Marion Senior High School and Dip Dog Eating Champion, singing, playing guitar, parody writer.

Jarid Reedy and Curtis Shupe of Marion, singing and playing guitar. Reedy is a family services specialist and Shupe is a cardiovascular nurse.

Levi Gilley of Chilhowie, fifth-grader at Chilhowie Elementary School, playing banjo and singing.

Alyssa Maiden of Abingdon, Virginia Highlands Community College student, travel volleyball coach, singer/songwriter.

Christina Druen of Abingdon, graphic designer for K-VA-T, singing.

Nick Dennis of Abingdon, music teacher at Russell County High School, singing.

Each contestant will have three to seven minutes to complete their performance. Rehearsal and sound check are at 5 p.m.

Contestants will be judged in the follow categories: Overall Performance, Stage Presence, Level of Talent, Adherence to Time Limit, and Judges Choice.

Tickets for the show are $20 each. For more information, call 276-378-5038 or 276-783-6092.

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