Hitting Their Notes

The Robinson Family band
draws a crowd for their shows

They perform at a reception hall
near Carrollton, Ky.

By Hilary Muldoon
Contributing Writer

CARROLLTON, Ky. (Junr 2012) – When you plan for an evening with The Robinson Family, you can expect to be fully entertained, well fed and loved. This family band from Sanders, Ky., has been entertaining the masses in Mexico, Canada and the United States for 35 years, and they don’t plan on stopping any time soon.
Husband and wife duo, Jackie and Mary Ruth, began creating music with their five children many years ago in New York, cutting their first album where most identify as the birthplace of American creativity – Nashville, Tenn. Thirty-five years later, the two now travel with son, Mark, his wife, Sharon, and their three grandchildren across the nation entertaining “the grand kids to the grandparents.”
The Robinson family doesn’t just stop at banjo, guitar, key boards and drums, though. They offer their customers, or as they like to say “family,” a full meal cooked by none other than their very own family.

The Robinsons

Photo provided

The Robinson Family of Sanders, Ky.,
consists of (from left) Mary Ruth,
Jackie, Sharon and Mark Robinson.

Every night at The Kentucky Jamboree Dinner Theatre, there’s something different offered. Dishes such as chicken-fried steak or lasagna can be seen on the menu followed by home cooked, made from scratch desserts.
The majority of fans who attend The Robinson Family Kentucky Jamboree Dinner Theatre are part of large tour groups from surrounding states. Bus tours from Indianapolis, sometimes bringing up to 130 people, frequent the events. Guests also come from Georgetown, Ky., and Cincinnati, but individual parties are more than welcome to attend their scheduled events by reservation.
You can even choose to book the family to come to your wedding, reunion or corporate event. The Robinsons can bring with them a professional performance stage, a light and sound stage, a 50x60-foot pavilion and 200 chairs. If you would like to see them perform before you book them for your event, you can catch them at the many fairs and festivals they frequently play.
In the past, The Robinson Family and The Kentucky Jamboree Dinner Theatre had only offered afternoon shows with lunch beginning at noon. This year, however, the family is offering evening shows at The Historic English Schoolhouse just outside Carrollton, Ky.
“Its fun playing so close to home now,” Mark Robinson says. “The people who come to the theatre leave feeling like our friends.”
The Robinson Family’s first evening show will be May 25, but for the fans who are still interested in midday entertainment, they will have the traditional noon show on May 9, also at The Historic English Schoolhouse.
“The Robinson Family has kind of adopted The Schoolhouse as their home” explains owner David Finley. The schoolhouse, located at 3589 Hwy. 389, has been operating as a venue for all sorts of events, from weddings to reunions, since 2010. The newly renovated facility can hold up to 225 people, so there’s plenty of room for the entire family to come see The Robinson Family this May.

• To make reservations for The Kentucky Jamboree, call (502) 750-2241 or visit: www.KentuckyJamboree.com. To book an event of your own at The Historic English Schoolhouse, call (502) 751-9485 or visit: www.Schoolhouse1929.com.

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