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A bonus group has been added to the lineup at the free bluegrass music show set for May 16 on the west side of the square in Gainesville.
Big Creek, a popular Protem-based bluegrass band, will perform at 6 p.m. that Monday before Kyle Burnett’s award-winning bluegrass group, Midwestern Town, takes the stage at 7 p.m. Acclaimed fiddle player H. K. Silvey, Burnett’s grandfather, will perform as well.
The show, sponsored by the Ozark County Historium and the Ozark County Times will be held on the west side of the Gainesville square with the bands performing in the gazebo on the courthouse lawn. Music lovers are invited to bring lawn chairs and settle in for a good time.
In case of inclement weather, the show will move to the First Christian Church on Highway 160 east of the square.
Big Creek is composed of brothers Ron and Don Yarger, cousins Cody and Zack Yarger, Tim Prososki and Jessica Workman. Midwestern Town, which in February won the top honors bestowed by Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America competition in Nashville, consists of Burnett playing guitar, Eli Johnston from Branson on bass, Kevin McKinnon from Marion, Va., on mandolin, Jamie Harper of Crossville, Tenn. on fiddle and Jeremy Boling from Kansas City on banjo.
Burnett and Silvey, presented a free lunchtime music show in March to a standing-room-only crowd at the Historium and promised to come back as soon as possible. Midwestern Town will be playing at Silver Dollar City, near Branson, on May 16 and 17 during the amusement park’s Bluegrass & BBQ festival.
The band members agreed to make a trip to Ozark County for the Monday evening show in Gainesville – and to visit Kyle’s parents, David and Elaine Burnett, and brothers Justin and Lance. The Burnetts live in Longrun, near Silvey and his wife, Judy, and own Theodosia Hardware.
For more information about the May 16 program, contact Sue Ann Jones, 417-679-2452.