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Big Red Sam to bring piano prowess back to Fremont Opera House

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Pianist and entertainer Big Red Sam will perform at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 23, in the parking lot of the Fremont Opera House.

Big Red Sam will bring fun, music and laughter to the Fremont Opera House with a live outdoor performance next week.

The pianist will perform in the parking lot of the opera house at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 23. The performance is sponsored by First State Bank and Trust and the city of Fremont’s Keno Grant Program.

Attendees can bring lawn chairs for the performance, which is $15 per person. Tickets can be bought online, at the door or at Sampter’s.

“We had him the year before we had to shut down for COVID,” Fremont Opera House Executive Director Lee Meyer said. “And people just enjoyed him so much, and so we decided to ask him to come back again.”

Sam Ferguson, also known as “Big Red Sam,” is originally from Seward and tours around the country. He is also the owner and lead player of the Fun Pianos dueling piano show.

“He plays the piano all the way through his whole show, and then plays and sings a lot of the songs that everybody knows and gets the crowd all singing with him and just laughing,” Meyer said. “He’s just very interactive, and everybody just really has a good time.”

With such a positive response from the Fremont community during the first show in November 2019, Meyer said both the opera house and Big Red Sam wanted another performance to take place.

“We thought this would be a fun thing for the parking lot, because people can sit wherever they want,” she said. “Generally what happens, he puts himself in the middle, and then people kind of sit wherever they want around him so everybody can sing along and have a good time.”

Although the opera house was heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Meyer said it received enough funding to get by from the Fremont Area Community Foundation and Pinnacle Bank.

“Now we’re trying to open up, and the Big Red Sam is our first real big opening to the community,” she said. “And so we’re hoping that they are ready to get out and see some things and have some fun as well.”

With his music ranging from Neil Diamond to the Beach Boys, Big Red Sam will bring another night of fun for the Fremont community, Meyer said.

“We are just excited to have people come back to the opera house, and we want to really remind them too that we don’t just do opera at the opera house,” she said. “We do a variety of things, and this is certainly one of those.”

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