A man who sat in for Johnny Carson 87 times will perform in Redfield May 11.
John Davidson, who was all over America's television screens in the 1970s and ’80s, will come to Spink County as part of the Redfield Area Concert Association’s 2013-2014 season.
Davidson's show is one of four concerts that will be presented during the season.
Attending all four costs $40 for an adult, $85 for a family and $10 for a student. A family consists of two adults and children. A person of high-school age or younger is considered a student.
Davidson, 71, was one of four regular guest hosts on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.” The others were Joey Bishop, McLean Stevenson and Joan Rivers.
From 1980 to ’84, he hosted “That's Incredible!”
The singer, actor and comedian made more than 100 appearances on the original “Hollywood Squares” during its 1966-1981 run.
He had his own variety program, “The John Davidson Show,” from 1980 to 1982. In 1973-74, Davidson co-starred with Sally Field in the series, “The Girl with Something Extra.” He hosted “The New Hollywood Squares,” which aired from 1986 to ’89, and “The $100,000 Pyramid.” His movies include “The Happiest Millionaire,” “The One and Only Genuine Original Family Band,” “Airport ’80,” “Edward Scissorhands” and “The Squeeze.”
Davidson has recorded 12 albums and performed in a host of musicals.
According to the Redfield Concert Association, Davidson, who lives with his wife, Rhonda, in New York City, will do a one-man show, featuring familiar songs, banjo virtuosity “and a variety of comedic antics that connect for lots of fun,” according to a news release. Noting that it's an evening performance on Mother's Day, “this will be a great show for the whole family to enjoy,” according to the release.
The season opens Oct. 3 with a performance by Goldwing Express, a quartet from Branson, Mo. The group, originally from Okmulgee, Okla., plays classic Southern gospel and contemporary country favorites, with a little bluegrass thrown in.
“Dedicated to their Native American heritage, they bring a mix of hard-driving acoustics and heartfelt melodies to each show,” according to a release.
Performing Dec. 7 will be the Yelduz Shrine Chanters. The Chanters live all around the area, coming together each Tuesday evening to rehearse at the Yelduz Shrine Center in Aberdeen. On July 2, the Chanters won the Imperial Shrine International Chanter competition for the third year in a row. The choral group performs a variety of sacred and secular music.
The Abrams Brothers will entertain March 23 in a Sunday matinee performance, beginning at 3 p.m. The Abrams Brothers, who consist of two brothers and a cousin, play guitar, violin and bass. They draw on long family tradition of performing bluegrass and folk music, according to the release.
“Only in their 20s, they also have the distinction of being the youngest Canadians to have appeared on Nashville's Grand Ole Opry back in 2005. The Abrams Brothers bring a lot of energy and excitement to the stage.”
All of the concerts will be in the auditorium of the South Dakota Development Center in Redfield.
Members of the Redfield Area Concert Association may also attend performances in Huron, Pierre and Gettysburg as part of a reciprocal agreement between all four concert associations. Redfield Area Concert Association members simply have to show their tickets at the door to be admitted to those performances.