Friday, August 3rd
7 pm - THE GARTH GUY AND SHADES OF SHANIA
Dean Simmons followed the footsteps of his father, uncle and grandfather to a life of performing country music. At seven years old, Dean was strumming his guitar with his father’s band. Later, after playing lead guitar for several projects, he formed the Dean Simmons Band performing nightclubs, fairs and festivals and honky-tonks all over the Pacific Northwest. They had the honor of performing for our military at bases all over the Far East, the Caribbean, the South Pacific as well as the US.
By 1992 Garth Brooks was dominating the charts, and Dean found himself loving and learning Garth’s music. After hearing many comments on how remarkably close he sounded on Garth’s songs, Dean set his sights on building an act to pay tribute to this modern country music icon. After extensive study of Garth’s music, concert footage and music videos, not only could he mimic Garth’s music, but he was also able to emulate his mannerisms; the walk, the talk, the laugh, and most importantly, the ability to engage, connect with and thoroughly entertain an audience. Dean began his career as a Garth Brooks tribute artist in 1994. In ‘96, producer John Stuart discovered and hired him to perform in the world famous "Legends in Concert" in Las Vegas, Myrtle Beach, Atlantic City, and several tours and one-night performances throughout the USA and Canada. Dean is still the only "Garth" on Legends' roster and still performs in many of the Legends shows.
Hailing from the small New England town of Swansea, Massachusetts, Kim was the
youngest of 5 siblings, and started singing professionally with her family band at the
tender age of 15. At 20, she moved west to Arizona and began touring nationally.
Later, Kim found Nashville calling her name and joined the band Rose Tattoo. In the
mid-90s, "Kim Diamond and Rose Tattoo" took Las Vegas by storm, opening Boulder
Station's Railhead, Texas Station's Armadillo Saloon, as well as being the first artist to
perform at the Fremont Street Experience.
Kim performs a variety of styles of music and has performed with such greats as The
Beach Boys, Jimmy Buffett's Coral Reefers and even Jerry Springer! Her experience
ranges from writing and performing original scores for motion pictures, television,
voice-overs for radio to producing and booking her own shows.
In Kim's latest endeavor, she transforms herself into country music superstar Shania
Twain with her tribute act, "Shades of Shania." She captures the look, sound and
overall persona of Shania as she delivers a collection of the star's biggest hits.
Saturday, August 4th
8 pm - REO Speedwagon
Formed in 1967, signed in 1971, and fronted by iconic vocalist Kevin Cronin since 1972, REO Speedwagon is a band where the main constant over the decades is a never-ending desire to give their all to their fans, year in and year out.
By the early ‘70s, the band’s unrelenting drive, as well as non-stop touring and recording, jump-started the burgeoning rock movement in the Midwest. It carved a path that was eventually followed by STYX, Kansas, Cheap Trick and more. Platinum albums and freeform FM radio staples such as “Ridin’ The Storm Out” followed, setting the stage for 1980’s explosive Hi Infidelity (received the Recording Industry Association of America®’s 10X Diamond Award for surpassing sales of 10 million units in the U.S.). REO rode the top of the charts with a RIAA-certified 22 million albums sold in the U.S. and 40 million around the globe, with a string of gold and platinum records and international hit singles.
Today, fully established with songs on the radio in every city and town they ever set foot in, REO Speedwagon still has that Midwest work ethic. The band has gone on stage and in the studio to work– dozens of albums, thousands of concerts, and countless radio spins. Their eyes have always been on the future and on the road – not a year has gone by where REO Speedwagon didn’t perform live, thrilling fans with hit filled sets.
Tuesday, August 7th
8 pm - Devin Dawson
Since the release of Devin Dawson’s debut single “All On Me” earlier this year, the California-native has already made his TV debut on Late Night with Seth Meyers, landed his first Grand Ole Opry performance and most recently was named a 2018 Pandora “Country Artist to Watch.” He has already received critical praise from a multitude of outlets including Entertainment Tonight, ELLE, People, Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, The Tennessean, HITS Magazine and more. An atypical country artist, Dawson’s approach to music is not different on purpose, it’s different with purpose. He grew up just outside the gates of Folsom Prison, drawing inspiration from Johnny Cash, Alan Jackson, Marvin Gaye and Creedence Clearwater Revival. Pulling from these influences, he began to write in a style that is definitively country. Dawson’s lyrics full of romance and vulnerability, delivered with a distinctive saw-toothed vocal, draw you in from the first verse and keep you hooked until the very last chord. His unique mix of organic roots and high-voltage country is showcased masterfully on his forthcoming debut Dark Horse, produced by the daring Jay Joyce (Eric Church, Little Big Town, Brothers Osborne). With a co-write credit on every track, the result will further establish Dawson’s building reputation as a dark horse set to emerge as one of the most exciting modern storytellers the format has ever seen.
Thursday, August 9th
7:30 pm - franklin county has talent feat. Closing Act THE Tracer James Trio
Show your talent to perform on the grandstand for a chance to win cash prizes.
The Tracer James Trio Reved-up Blues Rock. Joe Bonamassa chose Tracer as one of America's top new upcoming blues guitarist in Guitar Center's Blues Masters Event! Along with Shawn Haley on drums and Don Shanty Jr on bass, they perform their unique arrangements of high energy music!!!