Ronny Cox in Sterling, VA

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Ronny Cox in Sterling, VA

Post by 16times » August 11th, 2019, 1:36 am

Saturday night Mrs. 16times and I made the 90 minute drive to the DC suburb of Sterling, VA to catch actor Ronny Cox's folk music show.

Cox has been in TV and movies since way back in the 70s. Most folks know him as the doomed guitar player in "Deliverance" or as the boss in "Beverly Hills Cop". According to the bio they handed out at the show, he's been in over 150 TV shows and movies, so it's a pretty good chance that most folks he encounters think they know him from somewhere.

His crowd tonight was very small, less than 50 people seated at tables around the room. Before the show Ronny Cox greeted people as they arrived and freely wandered around the room getting to know his crowd. It's always a relief to snag the photo op first thing...takes all the pressure off !

The show was probably 90% original music. Cox played guitar, and had a guy accompanying him on keyboards. He kept it lively with stories and audience interaction throughout. During intermission he worked his own merch table, and then did another set before leading everyone in a sing-a-long finale and calling it a night.

I can't see any reason 81 year old Ronny Cox does this, other than he just loves making music. This was a thoroughly enjoyable evening, and from a combo perspective, completely stress free.
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Re: Ronny Cox in Sterling, VA

Post by Jason1980s » August 11th, 2019, 8:22 am

Very enjoyable experience. It's pretty interesting seeing someone in one entertainment industry for many years turn to a different form. I just saw him on a Diagnosis Murder a few days ago and he definitely helped make this particular episode working with Dick Van Dyke.
It's also great to hear he spoke with people before the show and he worked his own table. It seems like older celebrities will be more likely to run their own merchandise table while some of the younger ones absolutely have to rely on someone helping them.
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Re: Ronny Cox in Sterling, VA

Post by ICW » August 12th, 2019, 5:26 pm

Great stuff! I Googled his name because he looked familiar and, sure enough, he played Captain Edward Jellico in Star Trek: The Next Generation, a name I'd definitely be interested in meeting.
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Re: Ronny Cox in Sterling, VA

Post by Greg2600 » August 12th, 2019, 5:42 pm

I saw Ronny last year in a tiny setting as well, what a great guy. His songs were really heartfelt and clever, and I really enjoyed it myself. If anyone's curious, he puts his tour up on this website, although it's often fairly off the beaten path.

PS: For those wondering why he does tiny shows like this? Well, it's traditional with folk musicians, but also, there's no promoter usually involved, so with CD sales and all, the artist actually makes more or equal money as if they played for 500 people in a theater.
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Re: Ronny Cox in Sterling, VA

Post by WOODMO » August 13th, 2019, 8:21 am

Awesome shot man!

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