The 10th annual Kings Prairie benefit concert has been scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 8, at the historic school building and community center. Duke Mason will be back to headline the show.
The benefit concert, which is the main event of the year for the Kings Prairie community southeast of Monett, raises money for the upkeep and improvement of the 1948 school building that is used for various club meetings and group functions. Last year's concert was the first time the event had been rained out.
Organizer Al Brumley Jr., a Kings Prairie resident, announced Mason will make his third appearance at the concert. Mason previously performed in 2007 and 2003. Now a widely traveled entertainer, Mason performs frequently in Branson and recently returned from a show in New York City. Mason specializes in the music of Elvis Presley and gospel selections.
Also scheduled are two acts booked from last year's show. Two sisters from Neosho, Janie and Bella, whose stage act is the Granny Chicks, will bring their accordion skills and singing to the show. The sisters performed for the handful of people who gathered last year inside the school building on the night of the concert.
The quartet Country Sunshine, which played at the 2007 concert, will be back. Headed by Rex Lingerfelt, who played for many years with Speedy Haworth and the Goodwill Trio, the group specializing in "classic" country songs of the 1960s and earlier as well as gospel songs. Lingerfelt's wife, Margaret, will provide vocal harmonies, along with daughter, Peggy O'Rouke, on vocals and keyboard.
From its inception, the Kings Prairie concert has focused on "old-time" music, specifically Ozarks-rooted family music, traditional country music performed live on the radio, "classic country" songs from the 1960s and 1970s, bluegrass and gospel. Performances have mostly relied on live acoustic performances though a number of singers, including Mason, have used pre-recorded accompaniment.
Brumley, the son of gospel songwriter Albert E. Brumley, said he will be performing more of his father's works this year. He also expects to showcase a number of local singers with exceptional voices who may not be that well known to local audiences.
The concert will begin at 6 p.m. The setting will again be on the old school lawn. Those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.
A major portion of the fundraising comes from the sale of food prior to the concert. A large troupe of volunteers will be on hand staffing concession sales. Barbecue beef sandwiches, hot dogs, nachos, beverages and a wide selection of homemade pie will go on sale beginning at 5 p.m. on the grounds.
Handicapped parking will be available near the concert area. Additional parking will be to the west of the school. Burton and Sons will be providing golf carts to bring concert goers to the grounds. Monett Rural Fire Association volunteers provide assistance.
The concert is free. Donations are accepted.
The Kings Prairie Community Center is located south of Highway 60, three miles east of Monett, on Highway Z one mile, then west on Farm Road 2015, across from the New Liberty Church.