They Sing! They Dance! Don’t Miss the Duttons!
The final concert of the 2016-17 Live! at Dowling Park Artist Series is just around the corner. Some would say we’ve saved the best for last! Please join us for international touring and recording artists the Duttons at The Village Church on Saturday, April 22 at 7:00 p.m.
The Duttons, a family of musicians that have been entertaining together professionally since 1991, perform bluegrass, classical music and everything in between. Their show features a variety of instruments, including violin, guitar, bass, viola, banjo, mandolin, keyboard, harmonica, and drums. The Duttons have garnered awards and recognition in national fiddling contests and classical violin competitions, and as studio musicians.
In addition to their instrumental virtuosity, the Duttons are accomplished singers and dancers and have been recognized as superb vocal talents. Behind the scenes, the Duttons collaborate to create unique production ideas for their crowd-pleasing show, which is produced by the family, including choreography, musical arrangement, technical support, and marketing. The Duttons were Top 10 finalists on NBC’s hit TV show America’s Got Talent in 2007. Judge Simon Cowell said of the act, “I absolutely loved it!”
Parents Dean and Sheila Dutton were not professional musicians, but they decided when their oldest children were very young that they wanted them to have successful lives, and that the best way to help them achieve this was through discipline and hard work. So they decided to start the kids in music lessons. The kids practiced every morning before school, with the parents moving from room to room to help with lessons.
When Dean and Sheila realized that music was beginning to define who they were as a family, they embraced it wholeheartedly. Since that decision to pursue a career in music was made in 1991, the Duttons as a whole have not looked back and have gone on to enjoy a successful touring career and music business. Today, they own their own theater in Branson, Missouri, where they perform over 300 shows a year. They also own another theater in Mesa, Arizona, where they perform from December through April.
While the Duttons’ musical talent is immediately obvious, what sets them apart from most shows is their ability to connect with their audiences. People are fascinated by the all-in-the-family performers whose love for each other and for what they share is definitely unique. The Dutton family consists of two grandparents, five children, three in-law children, and 19 possible grandchildren in one show. Phew!
Back in the early 90s, the Duttons never would have guessed that all those hours of childhood discipline would turn into a full-fledged music career, but the show has taken them so many places and helped them meet so many wonderful people, and it’s been a tremendous blessing in their lives.
Join us Saturday, April 22, at 7:00 p.m., at The Village Church in Dowling Park for the Duttons. Visit www.acvillage.net/artistseries or call (386) 658-5557 for more details. Tickets are $20 each and are available from the Village cashier (386-658-5343) and in Live Oak, Florida, at both the Suwannee County Chamber of Commerce and The Music Center (students and Advent Christian Village members receive a discount).
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