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A few tickets left for Boomers

The 10th anniversary of the Baby Boomer concert is almost sold out for next weekend.

Farmington Civic Center Director Bill Towler said not many tickets are left for either night and they are anticipating not having tickets left at the door on Aug. 3 and 4.

“This year will be shorter than last year by a few songs. They will play 30 songs and have a couple of medleys,” said Towler.

Towler added, the last few years the concerts have sold out before in weeks leading up to the concerts. Tickets are on sale for $10 each and can be purchased at the Farmington Civic Center.

Organizer Dr. Kevin White said this year’s show will be a combination of songs from 1956, 1966 and 1976. The theme is “The Devil Made Me Do It.”

“We are going back to 1956, which is considered the first real year of music and is something we have never done before. The farthest back we have ever done was 1958,” said White.

“The idea behind the shows was to give something back to the community and show everyone the talent that comes from this area. It’s almost a reunion for everyone,” said White.

“This is a fun crowd to perform to and they are very attentive. We have visual aids on a screen to go with the songs and it’s almost like being on stage at times,” he added.

There will be a mix of 30 songs during this year’s show … 10 from each decade including a 1956 Elvis medley.

“Elvis had 13 hit songs that year and we will play 10 of them,” said White. They will also play Chuck Berry and Little Richard songs from 1956 as well as others. They will do a Supremes medley from 1966, some country from Doris Day, big band from Frank Sinatra, Simon and Garfunkle and others.

From 1976 they will have the Eagles, Stevie Wonder, Linda Ronstat and more.

White said this all began 10 years ago when he took a tour of the new Centene Center with Towler. The center was set to open in the fall and White thought it would be a great idea to showcase some local talent in the newly-opened building with a concert.

“We have some great locals who play anything from Christian to country to rock ‘n roll and a variety of other music. We wanted to showcase those talents,” said White.

The group rehearses the night before the first show one time through each song. By the first show Dr. White said it sounds like they have been playing together for a while because it’s almost flawless.

When the performers are backstage they are talking and having a good time. Some are telling stories and it’s like a big reunion.

The doors open at 6:15 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Farmington Civic Center during the normal hours of operation.

For more information about the Baby Boomer concert call the Farmington Civic Center at 756-0900.

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