By Darragh Doiron
The News staff writer
Mark Klein won’t have to pay to get into The Fabulous Boogie Kings farewell concert Saturday.
For one thing, he’s 12, and gets the kid rate of “free.” For another thing, he’s a performer. Dubbed “The 12-year-old singing sensation,” Klein has been a regular on the Texas Opry Circuit and was named American Kids Entertainer of the Year in Branson and Louisiana Kids Entertainer of the Year in 2004.
Ned Theall of the Boogie Kings asked Klein to sit in with the band and Klein said he loved the group’s sound. He studied their showmanship and “soaked in their wisdom.” He’s now a regular vocalist with them.
But Theall says that after 50 years, it’s time to say good-bye. They’re kicking off a farewell tour with the Gulf Coast Jam.
“The Boogie Kings” will headline the 16th Annual Gulf Coast Jam at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 3 at the Carl A. Parker Multipurpose Center at Lamar State College-Port Arthur, Lakeshore Drive.
Jerry “The Count” LaCroix, G.G. Shinn, T.K. Hulin, Warren Storm, Port Arthur’s own Alan Wayne Michon, 12-year old singing sensation Mark Klein and Willie T. & Cypress will play.
Tickets will be $25 at the door. Children 12 and younger are admitted free with parents. The box office will be open for ticket sales at 6:30 p.m. the day of the show.
Theall says the farewell concert allows the gang a chance to perform for fans who have supported them since they were kids. What will they do next?
“Oh, we’ll probably make another comeback,” Theall said.
LaCroix and Hulin are old favorites to Southeast Texas stages. Here a bit on others in the lineup:
In 1958 Storm recorded The Prisoner’s Song, which was an instant nationwide hit and gradually became known as The Godfather of Swamp Pop. He is in the Louisiana and Texas Hall of Fame.
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