Randy and Barry Lanham have been performing the Lanham Brothers Christmas Jamboree for nine years, presenting local and regional talent with singing, dancing and interactive audience segments. This year’s event will be presented differently, making its debut virtually at 7 p.m. on Friday.
While the event is typically presented live, they recorded this year’s show Saturday at the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum. This is the first year the show will be distributed across multiple social media platforms expanding the program’s reach even further.
The show can be viewed on the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum’s Facebook page, their YouTube channel, and at bluegrasshall.org.
The show list along with downloadable material can be accessed volunteerowensboro.com, so anyone can play along, sing along, dance, and participate in a skit.
Presented by Owensboro Health, the Lanham Brothers Christmas Jamboree is a music variety show featuring Nashville recording artist Wade Hayes; along with performers including Emmie Williams, Lucy Jagoe Chaney, Skyler Lanham, Randy Lanham, Daniel White, Chris Armstrong, Chris Joslin, Barry Lanham; and a host of dancers.
This year’s show benefits Volunteer Owensboro and educational programs at the Hall of Fame.
The show has grown in popularity, even adding multiple performances last year and distribution on Kentucky Educational Television.
“Typically the Christmas show sells out every year,” Randy Lanham said. “Since we are not able to play to a live audience this year, we are making it available for everyone to enjoy from the comfort of their own homes, but we are not stopping there.
He said they want to make the show accessible to the entire community, so Angie DeWitt with Volunteer Owensboro is reaching out to local nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and senior housing communities to let them know about the livestream and how the show can be accessed on social media platforms throughout the holidays.
“We’ll even make it available to many healthcare facilities on-demand throughout the month of December,” Lanham said. “Several facilities have already indicated they are viewing the show as part of their Christmas party.”
Owensboro Health is the presenting sponsor for this virtual event, and additional underwriters include US Bank, Atmos Energy, Modern Welding, Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline, Inc., Tanner + West Advertising and Design Agency, Independence Bank, EM Ford, AARP, Forman, Watson, and Holtrey, LLP, Karen & Claude Porter, Encouraging Kids, Robin Rowe Insurance, Kenergy Corporation, United Healthcare, and Furniture Warehouse.
“Thanks to the creative efforts of Randy and Barry Lanham, along with the support of Owensboro Health and the rest of the underwriters, we are able to demonstrate the power of the arts to enhance quality of life, even in the midst of a global pandemic,” said Chris Joslin, executive director of the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum. “The show is not only a celebration, it’s a reminder that hope and joy endure even in the most challenging of circumstances.”