26 NOVEMBER 2014

[NEWS] Kennett Crossroads all-star concert tickets on sale Dec. 6

Wednesday, November 26, 2014
The Daily Dunklin Democrat
Meg Benson Interim Editor

The start date for ticket sales for the Kennett Crossroads concert has been pushed to Saturday, Dec. 6. They were originally scheduled to begin selling on Monday, Dec. 1. The two-night event will feature performances by Sheryl Crow, David Nail, Trent Tomlinson, and Blackjack Billy, with Noll Billings. The performances are set for Sunday and Monday, Jan. 18-19. They will be presented by the Kennett #39 Educational Foundation, in conjunction with the Kennett Public School District, and will benefit the Kennett High School (KHS) Performing Arts and Athletic Departments. Tickets will be available at www.kennetteducationalfoundation.com.

Event organizers have been meeting extensively each week, for the past several weeks, organizing all the details. Kennett choir director, Viretta Sexton, who is working as the foundation's liaison with all the performers, said, "It is taking tons of prep work, and the excitement is definitely building." Sexton said the ticket sale date was moved, in order to give organizers time to make sure all corporate sponsorships were in order. Yesterday was the final day to purchase the $2,500 sponsorship packages. Foundation president, Kristin McPherson, who spearheaded the drive, said a total of 45 corporate sponsorships were sold.

The two-night concert will feature an acoustic songwriters' night, on Sunday, Jan. 18, at The Opera House, in downtown Kennett, beginning at 8 p.m. The evening's performance is limited to 250 guests, at $300 per ticket, and the event is already sold out, due to the pre-sold sponsorships. On Monday, the four performers will appear in concert at the KHS Gymnasium, beginning at 7 p.m. Those tickets will range from $50 to $200.

The artists are getting excited about the event, as well. "I am thrilled to be a part of the Kennett Crossroads concert. I am so proud to be from Kennett and am always bragging about the talent that has spawned from our little town. I am really looking forward to sharing the stage with David and Trent and Noll, and his band. I hope people will come out and support this great cause," said Crow.

Billings agreed. "This is something I have always wanted to see happen. This is going to be so great. I'm very excited," he said.

The concert was the idea of Kennett Schools Superintendent, Chris Wilson, and Board of Education President, Matt Shetley. But they approached Sexton, to try and pull off the event, because she knows all the artists personally. "Without her, this thing would not have happened," Wilson said.

SOURCE: The Daily Dunklin Democrat


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