Gibson’s Music is celebrating 50 years in business this week, and owner and founder, Betty Comer, is planning a big bash to mark the occasion.
The party will culminate Saturday evening with a free performance by pianist Jason Coleman, the grandson of world-renowned pianist Floyd Cramer; and guitarist and vocalist Meagan Taylor, the niece of famous guitarist Chet Atkins.
“Jason Coleman is amazing! When he’s performed for the Fine Arts Association, I’ve always had people come up to me at intermission and after the show and ask that we bring him back,” Comer said. “I wanted Jason to come and play a show to celebrate the 50th anniversary of my business as a way to thank the community for all the support I’ve received over the years.”
One of the signature moments of the show is when Coleman plays a duet of Cramer’s most famous song, “Last Date,” via a multimedia presentation.
“It’s wonderful how he does that. You just have to see it to believe it,” Comer said.
Coleman and Taylor will perform Saturday in the Corbin Middle School gymnasium. Show begins at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are free, but limited. Anyone interested in attending must get tickets at Gibson’s Music prior to the concert.
Comer said everyone will want to stop buy the store anyway Thursday through Saturday to take advantage of numerous giveaways and drawings. She said he even plans to give away a $100 grand prize gift certificate to one lucky patron.
Miss Clown — a local clown — will be in store to entertain children and adults Friday afternoon, beginning about 1:00 p.m., and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
Comer said she plans to have a very generous sale on store merchandise during the event.
Local musicians will also perform Thursday through Saturday. Comer herself plans to play some piano, both solo and duets with other pianists.
Comer reiterated that the performance by Coleman and Taylor Saturday should not be missed.
“It’s an amazing show. I think people are just going to be in awe of their talent,” Comer said.
“I just want to thank the community for 50 great years,” Comer said.
“I have made so many great friends in this business that I would have never gotten to know,” Comer said. “I’m a blessed woman. Looking back, I wouldn’t change a thing.”