Lineup announced for annual Christmas 4 Kids benefit concert
Sweep away your September blues with a little holiday dreaming, music fans, because the annual Christmas 4 Kids benefit concert arrived Friday.
"Just Another Day in Paradise" hitmaker Phil Vassar headlines the nonprofit fundraising event, with Matt Ramsey of Old Dominion, Lonestar, Eddie Montgomery, Craig Wiseman, Jeffrey Steele and more set to appear.
The show takes place Nov. 25 at the Ryman Auditorium.
Tickets benefit a local nonprofit that provides roughly 400 underserved Middle Tennessee children a holiday season shopping spree.
"Christmas 4 Kids is an event that year after year I look forward to participating in," Vassar said in a news release. "I am thrilled to be carrying on this great tradition with some of my dear friends and songwriters. The holidays are a special time, especially for kids, and I love that this organization benefits kids in Middle Tennessee."
Tickets start at $38.50 before fees and are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com.
PHIL VASSAR AND LONESTAR ANNOUNCE 'HOLIDAY & HITS' TOUR
Following fans' overwhelming demand, Phil Vassar and Lonestar will co-headline a Christmas tour for the second year, announcing the 'Holiday & Hits' tour. The 13-city tour will kick off the first week of December and take the country hitmakers coast to coast (full list of dates available below). Tickets go on sale Friday, September 13 at PhilVassar.com and LonestarNow.com. Throughout each show, audiences will have the chance to hear Christmas standards as well as the artists' hits, including their original Christmas single "Not So Silent Night." Prior to this years' tour, Vassar and Lonestar will re-record their single with the help of some friends, donating all the proceeds to the Salvation Army. Lonestar, comprised of Richie McDonald, Michael Britt, Keech Rainwater and Dean Sams, released their first Christmas album, This Christmas Time, in 2000. The ACM and CMA award-winning group recorded 11 songs for the Dan Huff produced project, which featured new material such as the title track co-written by Sams and the touching “Reason For The Season” co-written by McDonald. Vassar, who has headlined Christmas tours since 2009, released his first Christmas album, Noel, in 2011. The ten-track collection, co-produced by Vassar and Dane Bryant, showcases four of the ACM award-winning and ASCAP Songwriter of the Year’s original songs, including the humorous “Santa’s Gone Hollywood” and “Big Ol’ Texas Christmas,” a duet with Asleep at the Wheel’s Ray Benson. Previously, Vassar and Kellie Pickler headlined a sold-out holiday tour.
HOLIDAY & HITS TOUR DATES
Dec. 4 Angel of the Winds Casino Resort - Arlington, WA
Dec. 5 Admiral Theatre - Bremerton WA
Dec. 6 Chinook Winds Casino Resort - Lincoln City, OR
Dec. 7 Chinook Winds Casino Resort - Lincoln City, OR
Dec. 9 Bankhead Theater, - Livermore CA
Dec. 10 The Cascade Theatre - Redding, CA
Dec. 12 Pikes Peak Center - Colorado Springs, CO
Dec. 13 Isleta Resort & Casino - Albuquerque, NM
Dec. 14 Emporia Granada Theatre - Emporia, Kan.
Dec. 15 Paramount Theatre - Denver, CO
Dec. 19 Oxford Performing Arts Center - Oxford, AL
Dec. 20 Brown County Music Center - Nashville, IN
Dec. 21 Niswonger Performing Arts Center - Van Wert, OH
Dec. 22 Community Center Auditorium - Punxsutawney, PA
Lonestar Announces 2019 Hits and More Hits Tour Dates
Country band Lonestar will kick off their 2019 Hits and More Hits Tour on March 2 in Panama Beach, Fla. The tour will take the group to over 40 cities before wrapping up in Franklin, N.C. on Sept. 21.
The band, which rose to fame with hits "Amazed," "Tequila Talkin'," "Come Cryin' to Me," "No News" and more, released their self-titled debut album in 1995.
The group's 2019 tour coincides with the 20th anniversary of the release of their album Lonely Grill, which spawned four No. 1 singles.
July 11 -- Tee PeeCreek, Alberta, Canada -- TeePee Creek Stampede
July 12 -- Craven, Saskatchewan, Canada -- Country Thunder Saskatchewan
July 18 -- Port Huron, Mich. -- Port Huron to Mackinaw WSAQ Radio Show
July 19 -- Twin Lakes, Wisc. -- Country Thunder USA
July 20 -- Oskaloosa, Iowa -- Southern Iowa Fair
July 25 -- Calgary, Alberta, Canada -- Grey Eagle Resort & Casino
July 26 -- Mattawa, Ontario, Canada -- Mattawa Voyageur Days 2019
July 27 -- Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada -- Howl at the Moon Music Festival
Aug. 1 -- Spokane, Wash. -- First Interstate Center for the Arts
Aug. 2 -- Whitefish, Mont. -- Glacier Twins Baseball Fundraiser
Aug. 3 -- Klamath Falls, Ore. -- Klamath County Fair & Carnival
Aug. 5 -- Santa Rosa, Calif. -- Sonoma County Fair
Aug. 7 -- Duchesne, Utah -- Duchesne County Fair
Aug. 8 -- Nephi, Utah -- Juab County Fair
Aug. 10 -- Henderson, Nev. -- Sunset Station Hotel & Casino
Aug. 14 -- Bath, N.Y. -- Steuben County Fair
Aug. 16 -- Richmond, R.I. -- Washington County Fair
Aug. 23 -- Meridian, Miss. -- MSU Riley Center for the Performing Arts
Aug. 24 -- Mount Vernon, Ky. -- Renfro Valley Entertainment
Aug. 30 -- Lexington, Mich. -- Village Theatre
Sept. 1 -- Matthews, N.C. -- Stumptown Park
Sept. 6 -- Bonner Springs, Kan. -- Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
Sept. 13 -- Frederick, Md. -- The Great Frederick Fair
Sept. 21 -- Franklin, N.C. -- Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts
Lonestar to amaze Halifax crowd
It’s been nearly a decade since enduring country quartet Lonestar made their way to Halifax, and they’re ready to celebrate.
In 2010, they were among stars of all ilk, from Alan Jackson to the Bodyguard himself, screen actor Kevin Costner and his band Modern West. They rocked the Halifax Common that night, but this time, they’re set to hit a milestone here in Metro.
“We’ve been there a few times, and the summer weather is just gorgeous. It’s nice to get out of that sweltering Nashville heat,” said Michael Britt, lead guitarist and vocalist.
“Nashville is a mecca for country, but it sure is nice to travel around. I remember the time Kevin Costner was on the bill. I remember those kind of moments.”
Now, they tour Canada for the 20th anniversary of the album that catapulted them into the music spotlight, Lonely Grill.
Crowder, Lonestar fans packed the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds & Annex
By: DJ Hargrave, Event & Branding Manager for the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds & Annex
The Winston-Salem Fairgrounds is a venue that hosts over 100 events a year and is well known for the Dixie Classic Fair, but a show in June landed as a bright spot for the City of Winston-Salem. On June 21, the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds Annex Theatre welcomed a sold-out crowd of 2,200 guests for a captivating performance by Crowder, a contemporary Christian artist who provides an inspiring and engaging experience to his listeners. The Grammy-nominated, Billboard chart-climbing star was on tour following the release of his latest album, I Know A Ghost, which is now available everywhere. Following that Saturday night was a performance by Grammy Award-winning country group, Lonestar, with local phenoms, Jukebox Rehab (or JBR as the crowd chanted repetitively that night). One thousand five hundred fans rolled in the Annex for the second show of the Fairgrounds’ Classic Country Concert Series partnered with WBRF Radio. How often do you go to a concert where the audience is on their feet for the opener and headliner the entire show? Crowder was one of those nights. The show began with a high-energy performance by the Rhett Walker Band, followed by Crowder shortly after. The show was made possible thanks to the Fairgrounds’ relationship with Winston-Salem based contemporary Music Station WBFJ. This was the first time since 2017 that the Fairgrounds have sold out the Annex Theatre since Travis Tritt rolled into town. It takes a certain type of artist to put thousands of people in the same room and create a spiritually uplifting experience for them. It also takes a special venue to create an environment that is welcoming, intimate and provides everyone in attendance with the best seat in the house. The Annex Theatre is one of the few venues where attendees in the “nosebleeds” are standing, singing and dancing during the full length of the concert as if their seats were front row.
“The Annex Theatre can hold up to 2,200 fans; we feel like we have a good place in the market for live music and will continue to grow our events and treat the citizens of Winston-Salem and surrounding areas. It’s a great pleasure when our staff hears statements such as, ‘Wow, I wasn’t expecting this,’ or ‘Where’s the ice?’ The positive commentary of the event is regular treatment for our awesome working staff to take in,” said Robert Mulhearn, Winston-Salem Fairgrounds booking and venue manager. The intimate environment of the Annex Theater makes it a candidate for an array of concert genres. This summer, they are welcoming Pam Tillis, Lorrie Morgan and Gatlin Brothers as a part of their Classic Country Concert Series, along with The War & Treaty on July 30, in partnership with the National Black Theatre Festival. To stay updated on upcoming concerts at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds, visit wsfairgrounds.com
Get ready to be ‘Amazed’: Country music band Lonestar coming to Myrtle Beach
Country music band Lonestar will take the stage for a one-night only performance next weekend in Myrtle Beach.
Lonestar, who first hit the music scene in 1995 with its self-titled debut album, will make a special appearance at The Carolina Opry Theater in Myrtle Beach on June 23 at 7 p.m. as the venue continues its Myrtle Beach Performing Arts Series.
The veteran band, comprised of lead vocalist Richie McDonald, Dean Sams on keyboard, guitarist Michael Britt, and Keech Rainwater on drums, will make you swoon as they perform an array of songs ranging their more than 20-year career, including their top-charting hits “Amazed,” “I’m Already There” and “No News.”
The Carolina Opry Theater is located at 8901 N. Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach. Tickets are on sale now starting at $35. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 800-843-6779 or visit www.TheCarolinaOpry.com.
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