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Free ‘Wild Blue Country’ concert by U.S. Air Force Academy band will highlight a patriotic evening

By: Sharon Dodson, The Center for Rural Development
By: Sharon Dodson, The Center for Rural Development

A four-member U.S. Air Force Academy Band ensemble will perform today’s top country hits with a patriotic flair at a free concert on Sept. 7 at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset as part of a promotional tour through South Central and Eastern Kentucky.

The group, Wild Blue Country, has performed on the Grand Ole Opry and appeared with such top country music recording artists as Charlie Daniels, Hank Williams Jr., Louise Mandrell, Reba McEntire, Roger Miller, and Ray Price.

The concert, set to begin at 7:30 p.m. in The Center’s theatre, will include a selection of classic and contemporary country music and some patriotic music to honor military service personnel and their families in the audience.

“The Center is honored to welcome the U.S. Air Force Academy ensemble, Wild Blue Country, to the Somerset stage for a family-oriented event that pays tribute to veterans and their military families,” Dianna Winstead, associate director of arts and culture, said. “This talented group of performers will present a free pop country concert with a patriotic flair that’s sure to delight audiences of all ages.”

The performance by Wild Blue Country will follow a 9/11 Memorial Tribute presented by Somerset’s American Legion Post 38 Honor Guard in observance of the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

American Legion Post 38 has planned a patriotic program steeped in tradition and service to country.

The program, which begins at 6 p.m. in The Center’s theatre, will include the traditional “Parade of Flags,” recitation of the story of the military bugle call “Taps,” and a special presentation on the folding of the American flag and the significance of each of the 13 folds—all leading up to a live musical performance of the Gospel hymn, “Amazing Grace,” played on bagpipes.

“These two programs celebrate the strength of the American spirit and honor the sacrifices our military service personnel and first responders have made and continue to make on a daily basis to protect our freedom,” Lonnie Lawson, president and CEO of The Center, said. “The 9/11 Memorial Tribute is one of the ways our community can honor the memories of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for America’s freedom and recognize veterans and their families for their dedicated service.”

For complimentary tickets to the Wild Blue Country concert, call The Center’s Box Office at 606-677-6000 or stop by The Center at 2292 South U.S. 27 (at Traffic Light 15) to pick up tickets for the performance.

There is no admission charge to attend the American Legion Post 38 memorial tribute.

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