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Lennon Brothers to bring Branson magic to Monett chamber banquet

Friday, March 19, 2010

The Lennon Brothers and their sister, Gail, bring their song stylings reminiscent of the 1940s and 1950s to Monett for the Monett Chamber of Commerce annual membership banquet on March 25.
Preparations are complete for the Monett Chamber of Commerce's annual membership meeting, which will be held at the Southwest Area Career Center on Thursday, March 25. The evening will include live entertainment by the Lennon Brothers and their Sister, plus presentation of the chamber's Community Service Award and the Pride and Progress Award.

"Bloom Where You Are Planted" is the theme for the event. The focus will be on having a fun evening, which includes a catered dinner from Maggie Mae's Tea House in Miller. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and dinner will follow around 7 p.m.

Tickets are $22.50 and are available from the chamber office at 200 E. Broadway or from any chamber board member.

According to Suzy McElmurry, chamber executive director, there is still room to adopt a table by supplying a floral or homemade centerpiece. Business materials may be added with the decorations. Themed table settings have be a highlight in past years.

A new game called "Balloon Bouquets" is also offered this year. Guests may purchase a balloon for $10. In each balloon is the name of a prize valued at $15 or more. Everyone who purchases a balloon gets a prize.

The Lennon Brothers, Dan, Bill and Joe, are bringing their show from Branson to Monett for the first time. Their father, Bill, was the lead singer in the original Lennon Brothers, who performed in the 1940s and 1950s. Their sisters achieved national notoriety performing on the Lawrence Welk Show and eventually earning a place in the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2002.

The brothers perform with their sister, Gail. Their act focuses on the glory days of harmony singing on song standards written by masters such as Hoagy Carmichael, Johnny Mercer, Duke Ellington and Irving Berlin. They recreate the sound of the harmony groups like the Modernaires, the Pied Pipers, the Delta Rhythm Boys and the Four Vagabonds.

In 1994, 30 members of the Lennon family moved to Branson to perform at the new Welk Resort. The brothers and Gail opened the resort with a morning show which has been hailed as "the best show in Branson."

The Lennon Brothers and Gail have released three compact discs.

Those attending will also learn who was been elected to the Chamber board for the coming year.

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