SHIPSHEWANA – Visitors to Shipshewana’s Blue Gate Theater in June will be treated to a little humor, a bit of country and a whole lot of gospel music.
The highlight of the four-day theater extravaganza June 11-14 will be the return of The Oak Ridge Boys in a Friday night concert.
The run begins June 11 when humorist and speaker Jeanne Robertson will entertain with personal stories told in her own brand of southern humor. Robertson, who hails from North Carolina, has been awarded every honor in her profession, including the top award in professional speaking, “The Cafett Award.” She is a member of the Speakers Hall of Fame and recipient of the Toastmasters International's Golden Gavel Award. Most recently, the National Speakers Association honored Robertson with its 2012 Master of Influence Award. Robertson has produced seven humor DVDs and can be heard daily on Sirius/XM Radio's family comedy channels.
Also returning for an encore visit at The Blue Gate June 12 is the Jubilee group – Booth Brothers, Greater Vision and Legacy Five. This combination of three of the biggest names in southern gospel played to sold-out audiences in 2013.
On June 13, the stage will belong to The Oak Ridge Boys. The country and gospel band have spawned dozens of country hits and earned them Grammy, Dove, CMA and ACM awards and garnered a host of other industry and fan accolades. The Oaks bring three decades of charted singles and 50 years of tradition.
The group's hits include the pop chart-topper “Elvira,” as well as “Bobbie Sue,” “Dream On,” “Thank God For Kids,” “American Made,” “I Guess It Never Hurts To Hurt Sometimes,” “Fancy Free,” “Gonna Take A Lot Of River” and many others. They recently covered a White Stripes song, receiving accolades from rock reviewers. They've scored 12 gold, three platinum and one double platinum album, plus one double platinum single.
On June 14, The Blue Gate Theater welcomes back Gaither Vocal Band. The band got its start in the early 1980s with four guys singing around a piano backstage before a Bill Gaither Trio concert.
In January 2009, a reunion of Gaither Vocal Band alumni was released on DVD and immediately shot to the top of Billboard Magazine's Music Video charts for four consecutive weeks, and topped Christian and southern gospel audio charts.
Tickets for all performances are available individually by calling 888-447-4725 or on their website at