Marty Stuart Coming To Area: Summer Concert To Help Raise Funds For Legacy Of The Plains

This appeared in the Scottsbluff Star-Herald - January 24, 2013

A little bit of hillbilly rock is coming to Five Rocks this summer. Country music singer-songwriter Marty Stuart will perform at Five Rocks Amphitheater on Thursday, August 29, to raise funds to support Legacy of the Plains Museums operations. Museum officials are excited to have such a well-known entertainer as Stuart headline its 2013 summer concert fundraiser.

“We are very pleased to have this level of entertainment coming,” said Nancy Haney, co-director of Legacy of the Plains Museums, incorporating Farm And Ranch Museum and North Platte Valley Museum.

Stuart, who began playing mandolin as a child, is well-known for his traditional country music style, often blended with a touch of rockabilly and honky tonk. He has played with Lester Flatt and Johnny Cash and hosts The Marty Stuart Show on RFD-TV.

“This is the type of thing where people will know they will be entertained, and of course, it is in a great venue. We think it should be a great event,” Haney said.

This is the fourth year a summer concert will take place to benefit the Farm And Ranch Museum. With the museum now sharing its feature as Legacy of the Plains Museums with sister museum North Platte Valley Museum, success of the concert is even more important. Haney said proceeds from the concert as well as the museums’ upcoming Bandana Ball, go toward the museums’ annual operational costs.

“The money raised at these two events help us keep the museums open,” Haney said. “We have this building that we have to keep up. We have to heat it in the winter and cool it in the summer and we have two part-time employees’ salaries to pay.”

Haney said the concert is also a cost-effective summertime entertainment option that helps generate more tourism dollars for the entire community.

“People seem to pay so much to go to concerts at Cheyenne Frontier Days or other locations throughout the summer,” Haney said. “These tickets are only $25, and it’s in a beautiful, local venue. And the proceeds help our local attractions.”

“We just want people to mark their calendars now and plan to purchase their tickets early,” Haney said.
 Tickets for the concert are $25 each and will go on sale in mid-February, just in time for Valentine’s Day gifting. Thanks to the sponsorship of 21st Century Equipment, Regional West Medical Center, and WESTCO, and Fremont Motors sponsoring the light and sound, 100 percent of the proceeds from ticket sales will directly benefit the museums.

By Kay Grote

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