Marty Stuart Concert To Boost Farm Museum

This appeared in the Scottsbluff Star Herald - August 27, 2013

Five Rocks will be a-rockin’ Thursday when Marty Stuart and the Superlatives hit the stage.

With the help of several sponsors, Barbara Martinson, chairman of the concert event, was able to bring in the hillbilly rocker and traditional country musician Stuart.

“This is the fourth concert we’ve had with a Nashville star,” said Martinson. “The fundraiser is a big boost for Legacy of the Plains.”

The museum Legacy of the Plains incorporates the Farm And Ranch Museum and North Platte Valley Museum. The two museums are going to be housed at the FARM campus.

“The museum doesn’t collect any taxes for its operation,” said Larry Hubbard, executive vice president of Legacy of the Plains. “The concert is one of three big fundraisers we host every year to keep the doors open.”

Martinson said the concert is completely paid for by sponsors Regional West Medical Center, WestCo, and 21st Century Equipment.

“We are so lucky to have such great community support,” she said.

Stuart and his band will play a variety of music, which is exactly what Martinson was looking for when she set out.
He will appeal to many generations, she added. Martinson has also heard from a lot of people about how anxious they are for the concert.

Tickets have been sold in four states.

“As soon as the concert was announced, we had people from Omaha call for tickets,” she said.

With a variety of hits that include, “Hillbilly Rock” and “Arlene,” Stuart will also have some southern gospel from his critically acclaimed collections Souls' Chapel and Badlands.

The concert will begin at 6 p.m. with local Ben Treffer opening, followed by the auction of a guitar signed by Marty Stuart, then the main event. Concessions will be provided by Panhandle Coop.

By Chabella Guzman

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