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Performing at the 13th annual Kings Prairie Concert on Saturday, Aug. 11, will be Dewayne Bowman, shown above, with his Western swing band, and the bluegrass ensemble Red Bridge, below. Al Brumley Jr. will also present a concert of the music of Albert E. Brumley
The 13th annual Kings Prairie Concert will feature three acts to fill the evening of Saturday, Aug. 11, with nostalgia and classic country sounds.

Located east of Monett on the grounds of the historic Kings Prairie school, the concert will focus on the "old-time" music popular in the days when the school was active. Proceeds from the concert will go toward maintaining the school as a community center.

Headlining this year's concert will be Dewayne Bowman and his band. According to event organizer Al Brumley Jr., Bowman had one of the best Western swing bands in the area in the 1960s and 1970s. Bowman has gathered several past band members together and will play a concert of Bob Wills and other Western swing bands.

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The music of gospel music legend Albert E. Brumley will be showcased. Each year Al Brumley Jr. has done a song or two of his father's, closing the show each year with his father's biggest hit, "I'll Fly Away." This will be the first time a full set of Albert E. Brumley songs has been presented at the concert.

Accompanying Brumley will be guitarist Dwayne Friend, who played at the 2011 concert. Friend has been called "one of the greatest guitar players" by no less than Chet Atkins. He 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." Friend has worked with the Happy Goodman family, the Blackwood Brothers Quartet and others and has performed at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn. and in Branson.

Filling out the concert will be a rousing hour of bluegrass music by Red Bridge. Named for the historic Red Bridge crossing Bull Creek, southeast of Ozark, Red Bridge is best described as a traditionally based bluegrass band that includes four lead vocalists, three and four-part harmonies, strong instrumentals and lots of variety in song selection.

Band members include Larry Mayfield on lead guitar, Mary Mayfield on bass, and Mark Zimmerman, Mark Noah and Warren Hull on fiddle, mandolin and banjo. The band played this year at the Dixon Bluegrass Festival and the Heart of the Ozarks Bluegrass Festival in West Plains.

The performers will also have recordings available for purchase.

Admission to the concert is free. Donations will be accepted to help cover expenses for the grounds. Handicapped parking will be available. Those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

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, hot dogs, nachos and drinks. Homemade pie will also be available.

The music will start at 6 p.m. and run until around 9 p.m.

For additional information, call Jacqueta Hyde 489-0068 or Nancy Dotson at 417-442-7910.



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