Once again the concert will focus on the "old-time" music popular in the days when the Kings Prairie school was active. Proceeds from the concert will go toward maintaining the historic Kings Prairie school and community center. A well has been drilled for new restrooms.
According to Louella Helmkamp, the community association is about $4,000 short of being able to construct a building for permanent bathrooms, which has been the long-term goal.
Dwayne Friend has been called "one of the greatest guitar players" by no less than Chet Atkins. Friend has won three Dove Awards, the highest honor within the gospel music business and has written numerous top gospel songs, including "The Night Before Easter" and "The Little Boy from the Carpenter Shop."
Friends has worked with the Happy Goodman family, the Blackwood Brothers Quartet and others. He was voted Instrumentalist of the Year two years in a row and has performed both on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn. and in Branson.
The 21 cast members have included country music legend DeWayne Bowman, Leona Williams and Barbara Fairchild, all Branson performers. Al Brumley Jr. appeared on the show and was persuaded the ensemble to join the Kings Prairie concert. Their show includes comedy, skits and music.
Brightwater Junction is one of the most acclaimed bluegrass bands in the area. Past performers at the Kings Prairie concert, the band is known for its tight harmonies and virtuoso playing. The band was the national runner-up in the Single Mic Competition for 2011. Band members include Lyn Coones on banjo, Tonya Coones on bass, Eric Coones on mandolin, songwriter Jason Jordan on guitar and Andrew Morton on fiddle.
Brumley will host the concert as well as share some of the music of his father, Albert E. Brumley, composer of "I'll Fly Away" and other gospel music classics.
The concert will be held on the grounds of the historic Kings Prairie Community Center, 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.
Concessions will begin being sold at 5 p.m. The menu will include hamburgers, potato salad, cole slaw, baked beans and drinks. Homemade pie will also be available.
The music will start at 6 p.m. and run until around 9 p.m.
For more information, call Helmkamp at 417-235-3870.