What: The Lowe Family
When: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14
Where: Performing Arts Center of Wenatchee, 123 N. Wenatchee Ave.
Cost: $32 adults, $30 seniors, $22 students 16 and under
Tickets and information: 663-2787 or pacwen.org
On the Web: thelowefamily.com
When you think of the term “family band,” it’s likely the Partridge Family or Brady Bunch come to mind.
“The most common thing we hear is we’re a female version of the Osmonds,” says 21-year-old Kayli Lowe of her family. “When people see the show, it’s completely different.”
Scheduled for today at the Performing Arts Center of Wenatchee, the Lowe Family production is around two hours of music and dancing for all ages. For more than 25 years, the group has been entertaining audiences worldwide. They have appeared with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra, and have been featured as guests during the Olympic Games and the internationally televised Chinese New Year celebration.
With the Lowe Family, Kayli performs a hefty variety of acts on stage, including ballroom, tango, cha cha, swing and Irish step dancing, as well as violin, piano, banjo, singing and clogging. “A little bit of everything, I guess,” she says.
The youngest of seven siblings, Kayli travels about six months of every year with her sisters Kendra, Kara, Kami, Korinne and Kysha, brother Doug and parents Robert and LeeAndra Lowe, performing elaborate variety shows in venues across the globe.
“We just moved from Branson, Mo., where we were doing shows there six days a week, so it’s a totally different lifestyle now, where you go from the same theater every night to a different theater every night,” explains Kayli. Preparing each show is now an all-day process for the group.
Kayli’s musical roots run deep, having had her first stage performance at just 14 months old. Before she and her siblings were even born, her parents already had their feet firmly planted in the entertainment business.
“They were both musical before they met each other,” she mentions. “My mother was in a trio that performed with the USO tour, and my father was a very well-known trumpet player. He used to perform with his family growing up; he had seven brothers and they were a dance band.”
She says it wasn’t her parents’ plan from the start to form a family band, but they did want music to be an important part of their children’s lives. “They realized the discipline that comes from putting an instrument into a child’s hands,” Kayli says, adding that after her sisters and brother began winning competitions and awards for their instrumental abilities, “it kinda just evolved from that.”
All seven siblings were raised on a regimen of classical training for violin and other instruments, as well as vocal and dance lessons. “We all had teachers for everything that you see in the show,” says Kayli. “Me being the youngest, I think it was a little bit easier to pick up on things because I was born into a house full of music already.”
Kayli is happy to keep up the tradition of performing with her family, especially fond of her Irish-themed segments using a pennywhistle or bodhran, and soft-shoe step dancing. She’s prepared to create and perform music her whole life, both individually and with the Lowe Family.
“I feel very strongly about making music and different things in the entertainment arts with my family,” she professes, “otherwise I don’t think any of us would still be doing it, because we’re all adults now.”
Abby Holmes: 661-6390