Third Night of Groovy Nights To Be Held Sept. 1, See Performances From Monday

Published Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at 3:49 pm

Groovy Nights has been gracing the High Country with hilarious and fun-filled entertainment for nine consecutive years! The fundraiser is held by the Blowing Rock Community Foundation to raise money for scholarships for local college students who are native to Blowing Rock. The event centers around having well-known locals throughout the High Country, including the Mayor of Blowing Rock, perform various acts and musical numbers in the form of lip-syncing and dressing up as their respective roles. 

Some of the performances have been, and will be, Dolly Parton, Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars, Adele, June Carter and Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Whitney Houston and much more!

The Groovy Nights took place on Sunday, Aug. 27 and Monday, Aug. 28 with another, and final, round of entertaining performances coming up at the end of the week on Friday, Sept. 1 at 7:30 p.m. 

The Blowing Rock Community Foundation would like to extend thanks to the following: 

  • Groovy Night IX Directors : Kim McDonald Hartley, Jean Wilkinson and Sandy Miller
  • Groovy Nights IX Music Production : A very special thank you to John Weems for all the work he does to make Groovy Nights happen
  • Groovy Nights IX MC : A very special thanks to George Wilcox for 9 years of being a wonderful MC
  • Staging : Todd Hartley
  • Music and lighting: Scott Gragg with Larry’s Music and Sound

Below are videos of the 9th annual Groovy Nights fundraiser that benefits the Blowing Rock Community Foundation. These videos are from Monday night. Three of the videos have been blocked on Youtube, but you can see them in the videos as you scroll down. 


Act 1 – Elton John – Crocodile Rock featuring Shellie Karaus, Kathy Moorman and Julie Karaus

Act 2 – Dolly Parton & Rod Stewart – Baby It’s Cold Outside featuring Ruth Ellen Weems and Alton Russell

Act 3 – Florence Jenkins – Queen of the Night Aria (Meryl Streep) featuring Melissa Tausche

Act 4 – Dolly Parton – Jolene, 9 to 5 featuring Jenny Miller, Corinna Dietrich, John Weems, Tom Shelley and Nicole Barker

Act 5 – Gladys Knight – I Heard It Through The Grapevine featuring Lynn Lawrence, JB Lawrence, Justin Lawrence and Terrell Bradshaw

Act 6 – Rose Royce – Car Wash featuring Gina and David Harwood

Act 7 – Wham – Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go featuring Gwen Dhing, Christy Kennedy, Susan Shaw, Corinna Dietrich, Christy Pruess and Katie Masura 

(Not Available) 

Act 8 – Justin Timberlake – I Can’t Stop This Feeling featuring Rhonda Presnell, Jessie Isaacs, Kathy Grahm, Robin Atwood, Margie  Hilton, Melissa Tausche and Nicole Barker

Act 9 – Waylon Jennings – Ladies Love Outlaws featuring John Weems, Tom and Ramona Presson, Tom Shelley, Dixie and Joe Brantley and Denise Archer

Act 10 – Adele – Medley featuring Mandy Poplin, Christy Pruess, Christy Kennedy

Act 11 – John Prine & Iris Dermint – In Spite of Ourselves featuring Gina and Butch Triplett

Act 12 – June and Johnny Cash – Jackson featuring Rhonda Presnell and Todd Hartley

Act 13 – Whitney Houston – I Want To Dance With Somebody featuring Gwen Dhing, Shellie Karaus, Jenny Miller and Debbie Glover

Act 14 – Bruno Mars Perm featuring Christy Kennedy, Christy Pruess, Katie Masura, Susan Shaw and Corinna Dietrich

Not Available 

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