ROUSES POINT — Any hankerings for classic country, country rock and new country can be satisfied by Larry Lee Ebere Friday evening at the Samuel de Champlain Center Stage here.
The free concert runs from 8 to 10 p.m. and is sponsored by Riley Ford in Chazy and Dragoon’s Farm Equipment in Mooers.
Ebere, of Country Living Entertainment, is a Chazy native who has sung professionally for the past 19 years. This time of year, he sees heavy rotation at fairs, festivals and regional campgrounds including Moose River Campground in St. Johnsbury, Vt.; Mallet’s Bay Campground in Colchester, Vt.; and Twin Ells Campsite in West Chazy.
“At Moose River on the 29th of July, there were people from Texas and Florida,” said Ebere, who lives in Plattsburgh. “They said, ‘You should come down to Florida or Texas, you’ll be a hit down there.’”
The youngest of nine children, Ebere grew up in a musical family. At Chazy Central Rural School, he sang in school choirs and participated in annual musicals. In 1996, he placed 18th out of 600 competitors at the Nashville Star Seek Talent Competition.
Four years ago, he retired from Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. The past school year, he drove a bus for Beekmantown Central School District, but he’s still managed to pursue his love of performing country music.
He has more than 100 songs in his repertoire, and some he accompanies with slideshows.
“I have a huge inflatable video screen I use at night time. I put slideshows on that with the songs I sing,” he said. “We also use the video screen if someone wants to have a backyard movie or anything they want it for. It’s 16 feet wide and 9 feet high. It’s nylon and inflatable and works on the same principle as a bouncy house. It has a big air blower that keeps the screen inflated, and you tether it to the ground and project our videos or slideshows on it.”
Friday’s concert is an opportunity to sit back, relax and enjoy pure country lakeside.
Ebere hopes to sit down and write an original one day, but, as of yet, he never completes them.
“I’m more (of an) Alan Jackson-George Strait type of entertainer, not a lot of frills,” he said. “I basically get out there and sing the songs I like. That’s how I entertain. Those are the people I look up to. They have the songs I like.”
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IF YOU GO
WHO: Larry Lee Ebere of Country Living Entertainment.
WHEN: 8 to 10 p.m. Friday.
WHERE: Samuel de Champlain Center Stage, Rouses Point.