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Hope Star - Hope, AR
  • Melonfest tickets on sale

  • Get 'em while they're hot; tickets to the Aug. 10 Hope Watermelon Festival concert headlined by County music favorite Tracy Lawrence go on sale today at numerous local and area locations.
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  • Get 'em while they're hot; tickets to the Aug. 10 Hope Watermelon Festival concert headlined by County music favorite Tracy Lawrence go on sale today at numerous local and area locations. The University of Arkansas Community College at Hope Foundation and the Hope-Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce are bringing one of the most recognizable voices in Country music to the 37th Annual Watermelon Festival, with regional rising act, The Jason Helms Band, as the opening performance. Advanced tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children ages 4-10, and can be purchased locally at BancorpSouth, 1st Bank, Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce, Hope Parks and Recreation Dept. at Fair Park, Red River Credit Union, Ivan Smith Furniture, Summit Bank, Diamond Bank, Super 1 Foods, and UACCH. Area ticket locations include: Prescott – Bank of Delight and Bank of Prescott. Texarkana – Cavender's Boot City, Red River Credit Union, and 1st Bank. Murfreesboro – Diamond Bank. Nashville – Diamond Bank. Magnolia – Ivan Smith Furniture. Foreman – City Hall. Ashdown – Chamber of Commerce. UACCH spokesman Brent Talley said Reserved Seating tickets may also be purchased online or in person at UACCH for $40 each. Day of show tickets will be $20 for adults and $6 for children ages 4-10. The Jason Helms Band, a regional favorite, will open the concert at 7:30 p.m. Led by namesake vocalist/guitarist Jason Helms, who hails from Hope, the group has performed with many of the luminaries of Country music including, Merle Haggard, Wynonna Judd, Lee Ann Womack, Tracy Byrd, Joe Nichols, and Tracy Lawrence, as well as others, according to online information. The group currently includes Helm on vocals and guitar; keyboardist Jimmy Joe Akin; Shannon Carpenter on lead guitar; bassist Joe Dunn; and, drummer James Williams. Lawrence will take the stage at 8:30 p.m. with a show that promises such hits as “Paint Me a Birmingham,” “Time Marches On,” “Texas Tornado,” and “Sticks and Stones.” Lawrence most recent CD, “The Singer,” an acoustic offering that features Lawrence's vocals on a variety of song styles, including “Saving Savannah;” the tongue-in-cheek, “Pills;” a romantic turn in “Tender Enough;” an odd twist in “Roswell and Marilyn Monroe;” as well as the title single and autobiographical “Whole Lotta Me” is also ready just in time for the concert. Lawrence has been returning to his roots more in recent years after breaking onto the scene in 1991 from Foreman, with No. 1 hits, including “Alibis,” “Can't Break it to My Heart,” “My Second Home,” and “If the Good Die Young.” The concert will be on the CMC Steel Products outdoor stage at Hope Fair Park. For more information about the concert, contact the UACCH Foundation at 870-722-8516.
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