The lights came up on the Paint Valley Jamboree for the first time on Feb. 27, 1965, when James Sweeney and Lou Harris formed a partnership to bring a live country and western show to the old Paxton Township Hall (also known as the Bainbridge Opera House). The jamboree grew wildly in popularity with its mix of local talent and Nashville’s up and coming stars of the time: Waylon Jennings, Dottie West, Merle Haggard, Connie Smith, Johnny Paycheck, Minnie Pearl, Conway Twitty, Loretta Lynn, Little Jimmy Dickens, Porter Wagnoner and many more.
The Paint Valley Jamboree has played an important part in the history of the Paxton Theatre. In celebrating the 55th season of the jamboree, Paxton Theatre Foundation Chairman Tim Koehl wants to push the jamboree into the spotlight and celebrate the rich country music history rooted in the village of Bainbridge.
Doors open for each performance at 6 p.m. with the show starting at 7 p.m