Ron Retzer Trio To Present Holiday Concert at Capitol

The Family Service Upper Ohio Valley board of directors will present “A Family Christmas” benefit concert at the Capitol Theatre at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15.

The Ron Retzer Trio and the 1170 Band will perform at the family-oriented Christmas concert, which is sponsored in part by the Ohio County Commission.

Family Service Upper Ohio Valley is a nonprofit United Way agency that was founded in 1909 and is still active in the community.

In Ohio County, the agency provides services for senior citizens, disabled persons and veterans that include transportation, meals for the homebound, in-home services, activities and a conservator program. They also provide meals to children involved in Brooke, Ohio and Marshall County Head Start Programs.

In Marshall County, in addition to the Head Start meals, they also provide meals for the senior citizens and in-home services.

Family Service receives funding from the West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services, the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley and fundraising programs. The programs are not fully funded, so community support is crucial to continuing services.

The voices of Ron Retzer, Jennifer Galownia and Bob Wolfe combine to create the Ron Retzer Trio. All three vocalists are from the Ohio Valley and have been performing in the area collectively for 40 years. They have been singing together for three years, and in that time, they have created beautiful and mesmerizing harmony. Dan Faulk will add his bass guitar to the trio for this concert.

In addition to leading the trio, Retzer also tickles the ivories for the 1170 Band. Roger Hoard, lead guitarist and vocalist, and John Parrendo, fiddler, will be featured in the 1170 portion of the concert. The band also features Charlie McVay on steel guitar, Dennis Craig on bass guitar and Jason Birch on drums. 1170 is the original Jamboree house band and have performed with nearly every country music singer who has ever graced the Capitol stage.

Tickets are on sale at the WesBanco Arena box office and etix.com. Tickets also will be available the night of the concert at the Capitol Theatre box office. Doors open at 6 p.m., and seating is first-come, first-served.

Donations are welcome.

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