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Folk music legends for over 50 years, the world famous group, The New Christy Minstrels® will be performing, Saturday, October 29th at the Apple Valley Conference Center. This will be a rare opportunity for folks of all ages to experience the magical and timeless music of the 1960s and 70s in a live setting.
NCM was founded in 1961 by singer/songwriter Randy Sparks. His Los Angeles-based group launched the career of Kim Carnes, Barry McGuire, Kenny Rogers and other music stars.
In its heyday, NCM scored a number of hits, including "Green, Green,” "Saturday Night,” "Today,” "Denver,” and "This Land Is Your Land.” The ensemble’s 1962 debut album, “Presenting The New Christy Minstrels,” won a Grammy Award and remained on the Billboard charts for two years.
NCM is still going strong today, especially in the touring arena, Sparks said. The group travels the world, performing songs that span over five decades of American music.
"We're still alive, we're still creative and still eager to please,” said Sparks. “We do all the old songs and some newer ones, too. For over fifty years, we have been the best talent show ever.”
Along with Sparks, NCM’s lineup includes Tholow Chan, Becky Jo Benson, Sue Harris, Greg O’Haver, Dave Rainwater and Dave Deutschendorf (uncle of the legendary John Denver).
In 2013, NCM released a CD titled “Nice Time to Be Alive,” which features originals songs written by Sparks.
Tickets are $35 per person and group rates are available. The Apple Valley Conference Center is located at 14975 Dale Evans Parkway in Apple Valley. For more information, please call (760) 240-7000, x 7071 or visit www.AppleValleyEvents.org.