Published on November 4th, 2016 | by Brittany Clayton


Live at The Opera, Pushing Live Music Appreciation

     Parker Millsap. Live at the Opera. One of those is a musician you may have read about in an issue we put out two months ago. The other is something you’ll be hearing more of in the coming months.

     Two months ago I had the privilege of interviewing Parker Millsap for his upcoming show set to take place on October 13th at the Opera House. Well, now that show has come and gone, and I am here to give you the scoop on what you missed out if you were not in attendance. This was my second time seeing Parker. The first time I saw him was in Nashville about a year ago when he opened up for Jason Isbell at The Ryman. Prior to that show I had heard of Parker, but never really gave him a listen beforehand. After that show, I was a huge fan. After that show his record hardly ever came off our record player.

     Seeing Parker for the second time, with even closer seats, was almost life altering. You see, Parker isn’t like any other singer-songwriter I’ve seen before. His words alone will captivate you in a way you’ve never felt. Parker is so honest with his song writing, and you can feel that sitting there watching him. In front of this famous landmark lies a commeorative brick honoring Audie Murphy. Photo source: pics4city-data.comSince Parker’s songs are based around stories, we all sat there in the Opera House and listened to those stories unfold. His show was like reading a book you hope never ends.

     Parker Millsap was Live at the Opera’s first show. The whole basis behind Live at the Opera is pushing to increase live music appreciation through bringing bigger and better bands and artists to Dothan. Live at the Opera is produced by a non-profit promoter that wants to bring high quality acts that appeal to the “younger” demographic of the Wiregrass. Getting Parker Millsap as the first show speaks volumes about what this is going to do for Dothan.

     The Opera House is a beautiful venue. I’ve thought to myself countless times, “why aren’t more bands coming through Dothan and playing here?” Well, now it seems that time has finally come and it is so exciting. I look forward to hearing who the next scheduled act will be. I can’t wait to sit there when tickets are released and buy them right at the minute they go on sale. Dothan as a whole should be just as excited as I am regarding Live at the Opera, and what it means for the future of live performances in Dothan.

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