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Contributed photo by D. Fran Morley / The Dismembered Tennesseans feature the talents of Doc Cullis, from left, Tom Morley, Eleanor Bright, Laura Walker, Don Cassell and Bobby Burns.

It's an old-school weekend of entertainment starting Friday as fans of the soap opera "The Doctors" can join in on a virtual reunion with some of the many cast members who have been on the show over the years. Also, the New Dismembered Tennesseans will continue a tradition of playing bluegrass music that began in 1945, and local party band No Big Deal will play favorites from classic rockers Jackson Browne and the Eagles on Sunday.

Locally owned and operated Retro TV, the exclusive home of "The Doctors," broadcasts the series weekdays at noon and at 7:30 p.m., both EDT/PDT (see listings at www.myretrotv.com). The classic soap also streams at 4 p.m. EDT weekdays on MyRetroTV.com and the Retro TV Roku channel.

Retro TV is partnering with "The Locher Room" YouTube channel to host the live reunion for the second time with cast members including Elizabeth Hubbard, Kim Zimmer, Jada Rowland, Marie Thomas-Foster and Frank Telfer. To watch the two reunion shows, visit "The Locher Room" YouTube channel, the Retro TV Facebook page or the Watch The Doctors Facebook page.

It will be hosted by Alan Locher, former publicist for "As The World Turns" and "Guiding Light." "The Locher Room" features stars from daytime dramas of the past sharing their stories and experiences during the runs of their shows.

"Fans are still talking about our last reunion," Locher said. "Hearing from stars like Nancy Stafford and Jonathan Frakes about the impact their time on this series had was just thrilling."

"Partnering with Alan on these reunions has been great energy," said Joel Wertman, president and CEO of Luken Communications, parent company of Retro TV. "Fans really care about this series and the actors who spent so many years in their living rooms. They love hearing from them about the roles and their careers."

The show, set in the fictional New England city of Madison, received seventeen Emmy Award nominations. The series ran from 1963 to 1982 with cast including Alec Baldwin ("30 Rock"), daytime stars Kim Zimmer ("Guiding Light") and Anna Stuart ("Another World"), Ted Danson ("Cheers"), Kathleen Turner ("Peggy Sue Got Married") and Emmy Award-winning actress Elizabeth Hubbard ("As the World Turns.")

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Contributed image from The Locher Room / "The Doctors" virtual reunion will feature Elizabeth Hubbard, Kim Zimmer, Jada Rowland, Marie Thomas-Foster and Frank Telfer.

 

Concert on the Lawn

On Saturday at 7 p.m. the New Dismembered Tennesseans will play the second concert on the lawn at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre. Seating and the stage will be outside in the area overlooking the Tennessee River.

Concessions, beer, wine, and soft drinks will be available.

The Dismembered Tennesseans have been performing since 1945 when the band was formed by a group of McCallie School students. Led for many years by champion fiddler Fletcher Bright and Frank McDonald, the band has stayed together for 75 years through numerous personnel changes.

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Contributed photo by D. Fran Morley / The Dismembered Tennesseans feature the talents of Doc Cullis, from left, Tom Morley, Eleanor Bright, Laura Walker, Don Cassell and Bobby Burns.

The latest lineup includes original member Doc Cullis (banjo), longtime member Laura Walker (bass and vocals), Don Cassel (mandolin and vocals), Bobby Burns (guitar and vocals), Tom Morley (fiddle and vocals), and Fletcher Bright's granddaughter, Eleanor Bright (banjo, guitar, and vocals).

The group has appeared at the Riverbend Festival, the Kennedy Center, and festivals, fairs and concerts around the country, sharing the stage with many top bluegrass music stars.

To ensure social distancing, guests will be seated in designated areas on the lawn separated by 6-foot-wide aisles. There will be a touchless check-in for ticket holders, traffic flow will be managed and masks are required. Blankets and chairs are welcome.

Admission is $15 for adults and $7.50 for children 12 and under. To purchase tickets, call the CTC box office at 423-267-8534 or go online at TheatreCentre.com.

 

The Pretender

Local party band No Big Deal will perform songs from Jackson Browne, including several from his classic album "The Pretender" as well as hits made famous by the Eagles, Sunday evening at Covey Creek Farm in Catoosa County, Georgia. The show will start at 6 p.m. and admission is $20 per person or $35 per couple.

Dennis Massengale said the music is a little more involved than some of what they typically play, so he has enlisted the help of several "ringers."

Performing will be Annelle Hammond on keyboards, Jaimie Roy on percussion and vocals, Bob McPeak, guitar, bass and vocals, Jimmy Smith on guitar and vocals, Keith Mahan on bass, guitar and vocals, Dana Martin on harmonica and vocals, Ward Wilson on drums, Al "Fro" Wade on guitar and vocals, Ramona Lessen on piano and Massengale on guitar and vocals.

"We did a tribute at Covey Creek Farm a few months after [Eagles member Glenn Frey] died and then another with Fleetwood Mac songs. Ward Wilson called me and said we should do another with Jackson Browne and the Eagles, so we started rehearsing two and half months and realized we needed more players. I had to call in some ringers," Massengale said.

The venue has a large central building with bay doors that can be opened out onto a covered patio area and plenty of open grass area for people to spread out if they wish, Massengale said.

Contact Barry Courter at bcourter@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6354.

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