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Oregon Trail Days concert is early this year
March 07, 2012 Jerry Purvis   

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The Casey Donahew Band will headline this year's Oregon Trail Days celebration.

With so many activities going on during Gering’s Oregon Trail Days weekend in July, this year’s kickoff concert has been scheduled early – on Saturday, July 7.

The Texas based Casey Donahew Band will play at Five Rocks Amphitheater. The band’s lead guitarist is J.J. Soto, son of Larry Soto, leader of the local band the Drivin’ Dynamics.

With front man Casey Donahew, a native of Burleson, Texas, the band has five CDs of original material on the market. Recently, they’ve been playing to packed houses throughout Texas and the Midwest.

“They’re starting to get a lot of buzz throughout the country,” said Bill Peters, member of the OTD entertainment committee. “In January, they had the number two music video on Country Music Televison. They’ve also had two songs chart on Billboard’s Top 40 country music list.”

According to the band’s bio, they play country, rock and other genres.

“We’ve decided to call this the Oregon Trail Days Kickoff Concert,” Peters said. “We’re doing it one week early because there are some other activities going on at Five Rocks over the official Oregon Trail Days on July 12 – 15. We also wanted for people to have the opportunity to hear some great music before all the other activities come up. Between the parades, the chili cook-off, the carnival and everything else, people stay really busy.”

Peters added that Nebraskaland Days in North Platte also schedule their main concert the week before the event opens and have had success with it.

“This is something new for us,” Peters said. “The committee was considering about five bands and just after we decided on Casey Donahew, the band hit it big. They write their own material and country fans have said they’re good at it.”

Gates for the concert at Five Rocks Amphitheater open at 6 p.m. and the Casey Donahew Band plays at 7 p.m. Merchandise and food will be available, and the OTD committee has applied for a beverage license for the event.

Tickets are $15 dollars, which includes tax. They will be available for purchase from the Oregon Trail Days website at www.oregontraildays.com by Thursday, March 7.
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