Chingawassa adds some country to its concerts

Restless Heart and Little Texas will headline a concert June 4 during the ninth annual Chingawassa Days Festival in Marion’s Central Park.

Restless Heart was one of the most popular country bands of the late ’80s and early ’90s, scoring numerous hits on the country charts as well as successes on adult contemporary radio.

Their second album “Wheels,” released in 1986, topped the country charts and produced four No. 1 hits: “That Rock Won’t Roll,” “I’ll Still Be Loving You,” “Why Does It Have to Be (Wrong or Right),” and “Wheels.”

Their “Big Dreams in a Small Town” album in 1998 was a successful follow-up, giving the band six consecutive chart-toppers thanks to the singles, “A Tender Lie” and “The Bluest Eyes in Texas.”

In 1992 their album “Big Iron Horses” gave them another crossover hit with “When She Cries.”

In 2004 the band released their latest album “Still Restless.”

The second act of the night will be Little Texas, a band influenced by modern country groups such as Alabama and Restless Heart, as well as country-rock groups such as the Eagles.

The group’s debut album, titled “First Time for Everything,” was released in 1992. It spawned three hits in “You and Forever and Me” (their first Top-5 single), “What Were You Thinkin’?” and “I’d Rather Miss You.”

Their 1993 follow-up album, “Big Time,” sold nearly 3 million copies and spun off two Top-5 country hits in “What Might Have Been” and “God Blessed Texas.” The third single, “My Love,” became Little Texas’ No. 1 hit.

Released in 1994, “Kick a Little” was another platinum success, with two Top-5 singles: the title track and “Amy’s Back in Austin.”

Opening for both bands will be Mike Love & Razin Kane, who has performed with Toby Keith, Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney, Little Texas, Collin Raye, as well as other acts.

The band currently has an independent CD out and a second album in the works.

A Friday night concert will feature Second Nature, who styles its show after the classic rock bands of the ’70s and ’80s, with three-part vocal harmonies and expressive guitar and drum solos.

Second Nature will soon be releasing a CD of original recordings.

The three-day festival will also feature chain saw artists, remote-controlled car races, bed races, a food court, anvil shooting, a hypnotist, and a water balloon booth. Amusements will provide rides and attractions for children of all ages in the park.

New to the festival this year will be the Extreme Rhino Challenge, a Texas Hold’em Tournament, a dodge ball tournament, and a motorcycle poker run.

Traditional activities will return to the festival, including the Marion National Bank barbecue, St. Luke Hospital ice cream social and Dinky Duck race, Marion Kiwanis pancake feed, Tampa State Bank Bed Rock’n Run, Case & Son 5-kilometer and fun run, student dance and drama performances, boot race/money in the hay, pedal tractor pull, Central National Bank watermelon feed and bingo, chain saw art auction, and Sunday worship service.

Concert buttons are $20 in advance ($30 after May 29 and at the gate). Concert buttons are good for admission to the festival the entire weekend.

Non-concert buttons are $7 in advance ($10 after May 29 and at the gate). Non-concert buttons are good for admission to everything except the main concert.

Buttons are available at Central National Bank in both Marion and Hillsboro, Marion National Bank, Tampa State Bank, Carlsons’ Grocery, Marion Pharmacy, G&J Video, or may be ordered with a credit card by calling toll free 888-382-0055.

Group discounts are available again this year, prior to the May 29 deadline only.

For those purchasing 20 concert buttons or more, the concert buttons are $18 each instead of $20 each.

For more information, call the Marion Chamber of Commerce at 620-382-3425.

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