2018-06-14 / News

Classic Country Music Reunion set for June 20

The 16th annual Classic Country Music Reunion will be held from 5 - 10 p.m. on Wednesday, June 20, at Tittabawassee Park, 9200 Midland Road in Freeland. The free show will feature traditional country music made famous by artists such as Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, Tammy Wynette and George Jones.

Many of the area’s best country entertainers are scheduled to appear, including the Brenda Loomis Band, Cowboy Rodeo Band, Amanda Kari and Jagwire and Kurt Gay’s Redneck River Band.

Single acts include: Lenny Hicks, Mike Ross, Kindra Heath, Gary Dean and Tommy and Jeff Miller. As in the past, the single acts will all be backed by the Yesterday’s Country Band.

During the concert, the 10th Annual BEAR award will be presented to a local musician who has contributed to the preservation of traditional county music. The award is given in remembrance of original band member Dan “Bear” Smith, who passed away from leukemia in 2009. Representatives from The American Cancer Society will be at the park, distributing information and accepting donations to further their research.

Last year’s award went to Midland native Bobby Randall. Randall left the area for Nashville in 1981. He was a founding member of the band Sawyer Brown and has toured with Confederate Railroad and other national acts. Currently he plays fiddle and pedal steel guitar in the house band at Florida’s Orange Blossom Opry.

Since its start in 2003, the Classic Country Reunion has gotten bigger and better each year. Jedi Mind Trip Productions now handles sound and stage lighting, and complimentary shuttle service provided by Burt Watson Chevrolet helps with parking problems experienced in the past. This year, the shuttle will run from the dealership to the park starting at 4 p.m.

Attendees should bring a lawn chair or blanket, and early arrival is suggested. Food and soft drinks will be available for purchase, as well as the latest version of what has become a very collectable t-shirt.

For additional information, visit www.facebook.com/countryreunion band or contact Butch Heath at (989) 798-0791.

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