Ronny Cox is a man of many talents.
He is known worldwide as a Hollywood actor, appearing in films like “Deliverance,” “Bound for Glory,” “RoboCop,” “The Onion Field,” “Total Recall” and the first two installments of the “Beverly Hills Cop” franchise.
Cox also has built a reputation as a singer/songwriter. He’ll bring that talent Sept. 21 to Brainerd when he serves as the keynote speaker of the Ageless Expo and then performs a 7:30 p.m. concert on the Chalberg Theatre stage of Central Lakes College.
Cox’s appearance is a collaborative effort between The Center, Brainerd’s hub for senior activities and enrichment, and the Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center’s Cultural Arts Series. Producer Patrick Spradlin calls the event a wonderful opportunity to meet a consummate performer in an intimate setting, a news release stated.
“We’ve presented Ronny twice before,” Spradlin stated. “He personally greets each audience member in the lobby prior to the show, engages fully during the performance, and is on hand to sign autographs and say goodbye at the end. I’ve never presented an artist who has so much direct contact with the audience.”
Spradlin and The Center’s executive director DeAnn Barry put together the event last spring. “DeAnn called me asking if I knew of someone who would be a good keynote speaker for the Ageless Expo,” Spradlin stated. “Ronny came immediately to mind. Not only is he personable and open, he’s had a lot of life experiences that are relatable to most people. And, he’s of a senior age where he will be a perfect match for the attendees of the expo.”
The Center’s mission of encouraging mature adults to engage in healthy living, socialization, lifelong learning and community connections is the centerpiece of the Ageless Expo. The event takes place 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Forestview Middle School in Baxter. The expo is designed for people age 55 and up and is free and open to the public.
Exhibit booths, workshops, entertainment, an antique and classic car show, art groups, presentations and hobbies are all part of the expo.
Cox will deliver a keynote address and will also play a song or two for the expo attendees.
Cox then will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. of traditional folk songs along with original material. He will be joined on stage by two fellow musicians for an event that can only be described as warmth, charm and great music, a news release stated.
Even though he’s best known for his roles in major films and television, Cox has found his second career in music to be equally rewarding.
“I love acting, but not as much as music,” he stated. “With acting, there’s an imaginary fourth wall between you and the audience. With my show, a profound one-on-one sharing can take place.”
Admission to the Ageless Expo is free to all. Tickets for Ronny Cox in concert are available from the CLC Theatre Box office at 218-855-8199 or online at www.clcperformingarts.com.