Kings Prairie benefit concert slated for Saturday
Bluegrass, gospel groups to headline old-time music show
The 16th annual Kings Prairie benefit concert will be held on the grounds of the historic Kings Prairie school on Saturday.
An area staple of summer entertainment, the concert raises money to support the upkeep of the Kings Prairie school building as an activities center for the rural Barry County community. Organizers will continue the framework of past performances with a selection of classic country, gospel and bluegrass music popular in rural Missouri.
The Revelators gospel trio will return for the third consecutive year to perform as well as serve as masters of ceremony. Founded in 1986, the Barry County ensemble includes John and Wilma Hile and their daughter Tiffany.
Also back for the third year in a row will be the Flyn' Buzzards bluegrass band. Performing widely around the area, the Flyn' Buzzards include Wayne Clevenger on mandolin, Web Murray on guitar, John Amos on banjo and Duwayne Blevins on bass.
A special appearance is anticipated by Al Brumley Jr., longtime organizer of the festival who has retired from active performance. Brumley brings years of Branson experience to the stage and songs of his father, gospel music legend Albert E. Brumley, whose song "I'll Fly Away" has served as the concerts closing number since the beginning.
The music will begin at 6 p.m. Concessions will precede the concert by one hour. Barbecued chicken, donated by Tyson Foods, and homemade pies will be available.
Those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. Handicapped parking will be available. The concert will be held outdoors on the lawn of the community center, on Farm Road 2015, south of Highway 60, west of the New Liberty Church.
Proceeds will go toward construction of bathrooms for the community center, which has started and will proceed as funds become available.