Barn Dance manager Lynne Colacone has a love for country music, a keen eye for talent, and a long and impressive 40 year history in management. Originally from Johnstown, Rhode Island, Lynne has been a resident of Hopewell, VA since 1985.
This current revival of the Old Dominion Barn Dance was actually sparked by an idea she had back in 2014, while vacationing with friends and country music entertainers Lynne Carnes and Donna Meade. When she suggested that Lynne and Donna plan a show together at the newly-renovated Beacon Theater in Hopewell, Donna took the ball and ran with it. Her years-long desire to revive the venerable barn dance show took root that day after Lynne’s suggestion, and Lynne became her ‘right arm.’
When it comes to the Old Dominion Barn Dance, Lynne’s award-winning management skills are second only to her people skills. She genuinely cares about everyone involved–especially its patrons–and takes great care of everyone and everything in the smallest detail. It is evident to see that Lynne loves being a part of the Barn Dance, and the Barn Dance is glad to have her as General Manager!
BILLY RICE- STAGE MANAGER
Born and raised in Richmond’s East End and graduating with honors from VCU with a Mass Communications degree, Billy Rice is a 30 year veteran of communications and production work for state government. Getting people and gear to the right place at the right time has been a constant in his professional endeavors, which includes nine years in local TV news operation. He’s had his hands in various aspects of the music business from building stages and running spotlights to coordinating music for charitable events.
Well known in stage production as one of the nicest guys around Billy always seems to enjoy his work, and for the past nine years has served as a volunteer and artist host for the Richmond Folk Festival. The Barn Dance is glad to have Billy on board!