to Scottsburg Jamboree
(December 2001) Scottsburg, In Bill and Phyllis
Duke have spent the last 15 years promoting new talent
in the music industry. Six years ago they turned it into
a full-fledged company titled Rising Star Promotions.
Now with this mission of showcasing rising
stars, they are opening a new Scott County concert hall
called the Scottsburg Jamboree. The building, which in
the past has housed live bluegrass music and clog dancing,
is located at 1366 Zion Rd., just five miles from the
I-65 exit in Scottsburg.
The Dukes plan to play host to live entertainment every
We have a house band, but well bring in new
talent each week, said Bill. We book three
guests per week. We do traditional country, new country,
gospel, old time rock n roll and occasionally well
put in some bluegrass, too.
The Dukes, originally from Louisville but now residing
in nearby Salem, Ind., plan to bring one of the specialty
shows that made Rising Star Promotions famous to the new
Scottsburg Jamboree. The particular show is titled Legends
and is made up of country singer impersonators who portray
legends such as Johnny Cash and Kenny Rogers. They have
taken this act and other talent they have booked to places
like the French Lick Resort, the Nashville (Ind.) Legends
Opry and the Derby Dinner Playhouse in Clarksville, Ind.
We get out and scout for talent and go to talent
contests, said Bill. We want to showcase new
talent and help them get started in the business.
He said that the Saturday night concerts will be a combination
of rising and existing talent with the possibility of
Friday night and Sunday afternoon shows in the future.
The Dukes are currently renting the space for Saturday
nights. Clogging still goes on at times during the week.
Bill said he was most impressed with the layout of the
building when he initially saw it.
It already had a concession stand and bathroom and
parking facilities, he said. We put in a new
stage and a new mural on the back wall.
The mural is an 8-foot-high, 14-foot-wide painting of
an old gristmill. The Dukes are trying to maintain a family
filled atmosphere at the Scottsburg Jamboree with no alcohol
or smoking allowed. Community and tourism officials are
excited about the new venues appeal.
I think this will potentially be very positive and
have a significant impact, said Scott County Tourism
Director Bob McAdams, who attended the second concert
at Scottsburg Jamboree. I am really impressed with
the quality of the live entertainment. The fact that he
has different entertainment coming in is just really great.
It gives us one more thing to offer people from out of
One of the upcoming concerts will be by Amanda Hill, a
Sellersburg, Ind., resident who has had recent success
with her first recorded single and originally written
song Coming Home. The song was inspired by
the East Coast terrorist tragedies on Sept. 11 and has
had been playing on various Louisville radio stations
and live performances on WAVE-TV, WHAS-TV and FOX 41 in
At 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 22, Hill will perform approximately
six songs at Scottsburg Jamboree, including Coming
Im really excited because Ive never
really actually had a performance where Ive sung
a lot of songs, said Hill, whose past performance
experiences have been in talent competitions at places
such as Nashville. It will be my first big performance
of singing more than one song.
Tickets for the Saturday concerts
are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $4 for children.
For general or ticket information, call (812) 896-1952.