Thursday, August 21, 2014

Country concert Friday

By CLINTON DICK, Herald Staff Writer | 4/9/2014

The Goppert building is going country.

A night of music is planned Friday as part of a fundraiser for the Ottawa Recreation Commission. The country music group Sons of Belle Starr is set to perform 7 p.m. Friday at the Ottawa Community Recreation Center/Goppert Building, 705 W. 15th St., Ottawa.

The Goppert building is going country.

A night of music is planned Friday as part of a fundraiser for the Ottawa Recreation Commission. The country music group Sons of Belle Starr is set to perform 7 p.m. Friday at the Ottawa Community Recreation Center/Goppert Building, 705 W. 15th St., Ottawa.

Sons of Belle Starr is a three-time performer at the Country Stampede music festival in Manhattan, Kan., as well as “Country Jam” in Grand Junction, Colo. The group has opened for such acts as Blake Shelton, Big and Rich, 38 Special, Cross Canadian Ragweed, George Jones and Jackson Taylor.

“The band travels all around the country and does different concerts,” Matt Parenti, ORC recreation supervisor, said. “I think they are more of a red-dirt type of country music. We thought it’d be kind of neat considering one of [the band members] is local. We’ve got a big gym, so we can hopefully get a lot of people in there.”

The band includes Dustin Sink, Ottawa, the son of ORC Director Tommy Sink.

Tickets for the show are available at the Goppert building; $10 in advance for adults 12 and older, $12 at the door; $8 in advance for those 6-11, $10 at the door; and free for ages 5 and younger.

The ORC’s “Guitar Chord Circles” will be opening for the band, Parenti said. About five of the ORC’s guitar class members will get the opportunity to show off their skills.

“Our beginner’s guitar class will be warming the band up,” Parenti said. “We are just trying to get the word out there that we have this program for kids to come learn how to the play the guitar. We’ve also had a few people in their 40s and 50s come to learn. There is no age limit. Some [class members] are really showing some good technique. I’m excited for them.”

The concert is for all ages, Parenti said, and will be performed on the east end of the gym with bleachers and seats set out. Concessions will be available, as well as prize drawings from the ORC and, possibly, local businesses.

“Basically, this is our big fundraiser to try to offset some of our costs for our free and reduced programs,” Parenti said. “We are trying to make an effort along with outside help to reduce the costs that we have associated with different free programs. We are taking the initiative ourselves to get the community involved.”

Parenti hopes about 300 people come to enjoy the concert, which the ORC has been organizing for about three months, he said.

“We have a nice band,” Parenti said. “I think it will be fun.”

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