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‘Sweet Dreams & Honky Tonks’

Tom Waselchuk and Jami Lampkins will present the classic tunes and life stories of four iconic country artists — Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash — in “Sweet Dreams & Honky Tonks,” a musical revue set for this Thursday at Detroit Lakes’ Historic Holmes Theatre. Show time is at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are on sale at the box office. SUBMITTED PHOTO

If you’re looking for a way to enjoy some good old-fashioned country honky-tonk and blues music, modeled on some of the genre’s greatest performers, the Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes has just the ticket for you.

This Thursday at 7:30 p.m., the theater will present “Sweet Dreams & Honky Tonks: The Music & Lives of Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline & Johnny Cash.”

In this musical revue, entertainers Tom Waselchuk, Jami Lampkins and their band give a glimpse into the history and music of these four iconic country artists – but as Waselchuk is quick to point out, it’s a musical revue, not a tribute show.

“We do dress up — we like to put on sparkly clothes as much as the next person —but we’re not dressing to imitate these artists, and we’re not trying to talk or sing exactly like them,” he said, when asked to illustrate the differences between a revue and a tribute show.

“We do present their best-known and best-loved songs, and we do it very respectfully and in the spirit of the original recordings,” he continued. “But that doesn’t mean we try to play them note for note (like the original). In some cases, we put our own spin on it.

“I’ve been playing this music for a long time,” said the Wisconsin-based performer. “I consider myself an artist, and every good artist has his or her own vision or take on things. We straddle the line between deep respect and love for the music and putting our own spin on the tunes as well.

“I think people who love this music will really like our show,” he added. “The people who have seen it so far have been very supportive of it.”

Waselchuk said he and the rest of the group are “really looking forward to our first visit to Detroit Lakes.”

The 7:30 show will be preceded by an open house to unveil the theater’s new “penny floor,” starting at 6:15 p.m. (see related story).

Tickets for this show are $22 for adults, $11 for students, and are available at the Historic Holmes Theatre Box Office, 806 Summit Ave., online at, or by phone at 218-844-7469.

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Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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