Photo of New Years Eve: Malpass Brothers, Doug Church & Aaron Wilburn (distanced) for the Shipshewana Event

New Years Eve: Malpass Brothers, Doug Church & Aaron Wilburn (distanced) - (December 31, 2020)

Showtime: 9:00pm
Dinner and Theater Package - $94.95 or $89.95    (plus tax & fees)
Dinner & Concert will be held at the Blue Gate Performing Arts Center

Please Call for Tickets: 888.447.4725
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Malpass Brothers:

As young boys, Christopher and Taylor Malpass soaked up the music of their granddad's phonograph records. Christopher earned his first talent show trophy at age 7, and Taylor was playing mandolin by the time he was 10. Today, they promote the work and music of classic country artists they treasure while creating new music and making their own mark in the lineage of a rich American cultural heritage. With sincerity, honesty and an utter ease on stage that belies their years, their smooth vocal blend and skillful musicianship layer infectiously into the deep respect they pay to legends who have paved the way. Add the funny, off-the-cuff quips between the two 20-something siblings, and the engaging concert becomes a magnetic time-traveling journey to when a calmer rhythm reigned supreme. The Malpass Brothers toured with the late Don Helms, former steel guitarist for Hank Williams, have opened for music legend Merle Haggard on multiple tours and appeared on stages from the Shetland Islands to Ryman Auditorium to Merlefest. Gifted musicians and songwriters, the brothers have shared billing with artists including Ray Price, Willie Nelson, Doyle Lawson, Rhonda Vincent, Marty Stuart, Doc Watson and more. The title cut video from their "Memory That Bad" album hit CMT Pure Country's Top Ten. Their most recent self-titled recording, produced by bluegrass legend Doyle Lawson, was released by Crossroads' Organic Records in 2015. If you like cornbread & hush puppies, you're gonna love the Malpass Brothers. If you like sweet tea, barbecue & collards, you're gonna love the Malpass Brothers. If you like clean fresh air over a freshly-plowed field, if you like a great big ol' corn puddin' at a homecoming covered dish, you're gonna love the Malpass Brothers. That's a promise. (And you don't lie about a covered dish supper.) This is the real deal, folks. There is no pretense. This is music steeped in the legacy of the Louvin Brothers, Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, Hank Williams, Sr. & others. Count on classic, real country. Count on new Malpass tunes. Count on a couple of old-time traditional gospels. Count on their probably coming down into the house at intermission and asking what you'd like to hear. Count on giggles and ribbing between brothers, along with daddy on the bass, who's bound to be thinking, "What the hell are they doing now?" Count on some big, high man hair, and maybe an Elvis twitch or two. Count on lines at the CD table... and count on logging on to see where they'll be next. :)

Doug Church:

Doug began his career in the US Air Force, brandishing a guitar and home-made costume, where he began winning talent contests held annually by the Air Force with his amazing rendition of the King of Rock n Roll. He won 11 First Place trophies in just 4 years of competitions in multiple categories such as Male Vocalist, Comedian and even master of Ceremonies. Shortly after leaving the service, he entered the Worldwide Elvis Impersonators contest at Bad Bob's Vapor's in Memphis Tennessee, walking away with the First Place Crown as, "The World's Best Elvis Tribute Artist".

Subsequently, after a successful audition, he joined the famous Las Vegas tribute Show "Legends in Concert" and worked with them for 7 years s "The King", performing in such sundry locations as The Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, The Virgin Islands, Aruba, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Moscow and many U.S. and Canadian locations! Afterward, he began touring the US and the world, with his own shows.

He has performed in: Denmark, Sweden, Finland, England, Germany, Spain, Chile, Ireland and all over the U.S. and Canada.

He also has an impressive repertoire of 70+ character voices and has done extensive work in the voice over business.

He has awed his audiences for years, leaving them totally mesmerized and shaken, by one of those voices in particular- that of Elvis Presley... Doug's voice has been acknowledged by fellow ETA's as being the closest to "The Kings"..

Doug travels extensively throughout the world as well as the US and Canada, performing with his band, "Kentucky Reign". He also performs with backing tracks or with full symphony/pops orchestras. He is known worldwide as "The TRUE Voice of Elvis" by not only his fans and other ETA's, but by those who knew Elvis personally, and is regarded as an Icon in the industry, winning numerous awards such as:

Most recently:

ETIA Vocalist of the Year, 2015 Ultimate Elvis preliminary champion, Portage, IN & Ocean City, MD, 2014 Heart of the King Lifetime Achievement Award, Las Vegas, 2014 King of the World Contest Lifetime Achievement Award, Memphis, TN, 2014 Images of the King Lifetime Champion Award, 2014 Inducted into the Elvis Tribute Artist Hall of Fame, 2013 And many, many more!

Aaron Wilburn:

Aaron Wilburn brings the house down with laughter... and he does it without four-letter words or making his audience feel uncomfortable.
A feature on the Gaither Homecoming Tour and videos, he has endeared himself to thousands of laughter-loving fans with his own down-home brand of humor, as he talks about his southern roots, his family, children and his faith. It's common to see a grandfather laughing along with his teen-agers and children. As Aaron says, "There is no generation gap with laughter".
Little would one expect that the same guy that brings people to tears with laughter also has written songs that have touched the lives of so many. His gift of songwriting has brought with it Dove Awards as well as Grammy nominations. In 2005 Aaron was honored by his home state as the Alabama Music Hall of Fame put an exhibit of his life and music on display in it's honored halls in the company of such notables as gospel singer Jake Hess and the queen of gospel music, Vestal Goodman. They are surrounded by the likes of Tammy Wynette, Lionel Richie and Percy Sledge just to name a few.
In 2005 David Johnson of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame named Aaron Wilburn the official host/MC of the future Alabama Music Hall of Fame induction ceremonies.
Whether he is on stage in an arena surrounded by 15,000 or in a banquet setting for a corporation or church, Aaron Wilburn is at home. If you tell him, "I loved your act", he'll probably tell you, "That's no act, that's who I am". And to borrow his famous three words, "He's funny!, bless his heart!"
Here's what has been said by Dr. Kristen Koehler, Director of Troy University's Davis Theatre: "Aaron Wilburn's show has been a real highlight of our season with our patrons at Troy University's Davis Theatre in Montgomery, Alabama. He truly is a wonderful story teller, and his songs were a big hit. We have had comedians on our season before who have received a standing ovation, but I have never heard our patrons calling out for an encore. He was a perfect fit for my audience. As several subscribers told me as they were leaving the theatre, he was just what we needed. We all needed to forget our troubles for a while. We needed some laughter to remind us that life is something to be enjoyed."