Senior citizens will again celebrate during a pre-New Year’s Eve dinner-dance at Tyler Senior Center with professional music provided by Dr. Otis Webster, who has performed from Florida to New York and all over.
Kay Odom, supervisor of the center, said the event “was such a big hit last year” that that the center will offer it for the second year in a row on Dec. 29 in order for seniors to welcome 2018.
It is amazing to feature someone with Webster’s talent at the dinner-dance, Ms. Odom said.
“We are so thrilled and excited to be able to offer our seniors the opportunity to hear professional music and dance to it again,” Ms. Odom said. “To have Dr. Webster say that he would join us again is such a blessing.”
Webster, of Tyler, said he “thoroughly enjoyed” performing at the first dinner-dance in 2016. He will present a variety of good dancing music in the same format for this year’s dinner-dance for attendees to dance to or to just sit and listen. Webster will also accept requests if people in the crowd ask for a particular song.
As he did last year, Webster plans to present this year a mix of easy listening music, jazz, blues, gospel, country and rock ‘n roll music and other music for dancers.
Even if people do not dance, it is worth coming to have dinner and listen to the music, Ms. Odom said.
Webster has performed with Sam Cooke, Lou Rawls and the Dixie Hummingbirds.
He presents renditions of songs by George Strait, Willie Nelson, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra and others.
Besides giving one-man shows, he is the lead singer with a group called Otis and the Metro Band, which started in Dallas but has been based in the Tyler area since 1981.
It was the house band for the old Sheraton Hotel in Tyler and still plays widely in the area.
Along with his music career, Webster has worked in education at different institutions for about 45 years, including Tyler Junior College.
A traditional New Year’s dinner, sponsored by The Hamptons, will be served, including ham, black-eyed peas, cabbage, cornbread muffins and a desert.
Decorations will have a cool snowy evening theme although snow is rare in Tyler. There will be snowflakes and tablecloths will be in different colors of blues and white.
Doors will open at 6 p.m. Dinner will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and the dance will be from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 or 10 p.m.
Tickets are $20 each and available from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at Tyler Senior Center, 1915 Garden Valley Road. The cost of the tickets is the same even if someone wants to skip the dinner and just come for the dance. A limited number of 100 tickets are available.
The city will provide a security officer for the event.