Little Big Town to perform concert at Ozarka College

Thursday, August 3, 2006

Ozarka College will host Nashville up-and-comers Little Big Town Sept. 7 at the John E. Miller Auditorium on its Melbourne Campus. The tickets will be on sale starting Aug. 7 at the Ozarka campuses in Ash Flat and Melbourne.

Little Big Town, which includes Cherokee Village native Phillip Sweet on guitar and vocals, is an Academy of Country Music and Country Music Television nominated group. ACM nominated Little Big Town for awards in its Top New Vocal Group and Top Duo or Vocal Group categories. CMT also nominated them for Group/Duo Video of the Year.

Little Big Town consists of Sweet, Jimi Westbrook, Kimberly Roads and Karen Fairchild, who all share vocal duties in the band.

The band emerged on the national scene last year when Equity Music Group released their album, The Road to Here. Since then the album has reached the top of the Billboard Independent Album charts and has reached number 14 on Billboard's Top Country Album charts.

Little Big Town's first single, "Boondocks," made it to the Top 10 Singles Chart. The success of the single and the album has led to the band playing on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and also opening for Keith Urban.

The concert is part of a fundraiser by the Ozarka College Foundation Board. Foundation Special Events Coordinator Son Lamb said he expects the concert to be an exciting event for those in attendance. "We want people to come out to enjoy a fine evening of entertainment while supporting the important cause of helping Ozarka College build its scholarship program," Lamb said. "Little Big Town is a dynamic group and we are proud to bring them to Melbourne."

Suellen Davidson, development officer, said corporate sponsors helped make the event possible. Davidson said business sponsors include First National Banking Company, GH Miller & Sons/Hometown Market, Mark's Pharmacy, Coca-Cola Inc., North Arkansas Electric Cooperative, Sharp Realty, Cone Realty, Corner Drug Store, Ash Flat Mayor Brien Nix Hall and Dr. Julea Garner.

Tickets for the concert are $30 and $35, with all seating assigned in advance. The tickets go on sale 8 a.m. Aug. 7 and can be purchased at Ozarka College locations in Ash Flat and Melbourne. There is a purchase limit of 25 tickets per person. The Sept. 7 concert starts at 7:30 p.m.

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