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December 28, 2013

Top arts of 2013

ANDERSON, Ind. — When local performers put their minds to it, they can create new entertainment options.

Gospel singers Woody and Vonnie Wright, who are husband and wife, did that in creating a nightclub atmosphere at the Gaither Family Resources in Alexandria.

"A nightclub with no drinking and no smoking, " reminded Woody Wright.

From May through October, the married couple offered a different musical program each month for about 60 audience members. Wright, who lived in Nashville, Tenn., for many years compared the idea to the "listening rooms" like the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville. The performances sold out.

"We did it mostly to have something going on in Alexandria," he recalled. "With the Gaithers here and with the great food, I thought it was a no-brainer. It turned out better than I hoped."

The May show featured songs written by Woody Wright. June's show was a CD release party for Vonnie Wright's solo disc, "Vonnie." August showcased the songs of Kris Kristofferson. With each monthly program being different, the fans kept coming back.

"To have this kind of success at home was a blessing to me. Most folks around here have seen us and we play around the area quite a lot so it was a pleasant surprise that they loved it the way they did," Wright said.

The concept of creating a new entertainment option earns the Wrights the top spot in Madison County arts events of 2013.

Next year, Wright plans to expand the shows to two performances for each theme.

Here is a list of the top arts news and events for Madison County in 2013.

1. Woody & Vonnie Wright

Their love for their community, mixed with some savvy appeal, brought a series of great one-night performances by the duo.

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