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Country royalty to play at Five Rocks
June 10, 2016 Jerry Purvis   

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Courtesy photo Country singer/song writer Pam Tillis.

Pam Tillis, a well-known name in the world of country music, is coming to Five Rocks Amphitheater on Saturday, June 11 to benefit Legacy of the Plains Museum.

Country music legend Mel Tillis was originally scheduled, but ill health forced him to cut back the touring. Enter his daughter, Pam, who picked up the schedule to bring her own style of music to the community with the Pam Tillis Trio.

Her father has a music style that’s loved among country and western fans but from an early age, Pam wanted to blaze her own musical path. Starting with a pop single in 1984, she eventually came home to the country in the early ‘90s. That’s when she started writing and recording her own string of hits. More than 20 of them landed in the top 10 and 20 on the country music charts. The titles are familiar: “Maybe It Was Memphis,” Don’t Tell Me What to Do” and “Mi Vida Loca,” among many others.

Pam is a three-time Country Music Association award winner, including their prestigious Female Vocalist of the Year Award in 1994. She’s also been nominated several times for Grammy awards for her work, including two wins.

The evening’s entertainment starts off with rising country star Kevin Lockry, who played Five Rocks last year to a large and appreciative crowd. Museum volunteer Donna Considine said he was so popular, they decided to ask him back.

Also at the concert, there will be an auction for a guitar, courtesy of Thrasher Music, and signed by the guest artists.
Plus, there will be concessions at the concert.

“The concert is in its ninth year and is one of our two big fundraising events to keep the museum operating,” Considine said. “The funds also help with programming at the museum.”

Each spring, more than 1,000 kindergartners and 4th graders from area schools have visited the museum. During their visits, they learn about how farming was done back in the late 1800s and how the area was settled.

“We’ve also had requests from several schools for end of year field trips,” Considine said. “We’ve heard from Lyman, Potter-Dix, Kimball, Bayard, Alliance and all over the place. They seem to enjoy it so it’s a good place to come.”

Gates at Five Rocks open at 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 11. Kevin Lockry takes the stage at 6 p.m., followed by the Pam Tillis Trio.

Advance tickets are $25 for adults and $30 at the gate. Children 6-12 are $10 and children under 5 are free. Call Legacy of the Plains Museum at 308-436-1989.
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