Kings Prairie benefit concert to feature Texas Swing, Brumley songs

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

The 13th annual Kings Prairie benefit concert will be held on Saturday, Aug. 11, in the Kings Prairie community, east of Monett. The concert will feature Western swing, gospel and bluegrass music.

The concert is held as a fundraiser for maintaining and improving the Kings Prairie community center, the 1948 schoolhouse and grounds that serves as a gathering place for various activities. Admission is free. Donations will be accepted.

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.

Each year Brumley has presented some of the songs of his father, gospel legend Albert E. Brumley, the composer of "I'll Fly Away." This year Brumley will offer an entire set of his father's music, a first for the annual event.

Brumley will be accompanied by 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 performed at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn., and in Branson.

Red Bridge, a bluegrass band based in Ozark, will complete the concert. Named for the historic Red Bridge crossing Bull Creek, southeast of Ozark, Red Bridge is best described as a traditional bluegrass band that includes four lead vocalists, three- and four-part harmonies, strong instrumentals and 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 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 be available beginning at 5 p.m. The menu will include hamburgers, hot dogs, nachos and drinks. Homemade pie will also be available.

The concert will start at 6 p.m. and run until around 9 p.m. Handicapped parking will be available. Those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

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