Casey Donahew Band booked for Marion?s Chingawassa Days

Casey Donahew (foreground, middle) will take the stage with his band as the Saturday headliner concert June 6 during Chingawassa Days. Courtesy photo

The Casey Donahew Band has agreed to headline the Chingawassa Days festival Saturday evening concert June 6.

The band will enliven the quiet and serenity of Central Park with its ?Red Dirt Music? mix of Southern rock and country, according to Tammy Ensey, a member of the planning committee.

?We anticipate this band and this type of music to draw a young crowd from outside of Marion County, folks that wouldn?t typically attend Chingawassa Days,? Ensey said.

?Casey Donahew is sure to please people of all ages. Our goal, though, is to bring the young folks in with Casey Donahew and please the more mature fans with our headliner band for Friday night.?

Friday night?s headliner is yet to be announced.

Casey Donahew kicked off 2011 with the release his fourth studio album, ?Dou?ble Wide Dream,? on his own label, Almost Country Enter?tainment.

The album debuted at No. 2 on iTunes Country Chart, No. 8 on iTunes overall chart, No. 32 on Billboard?s Top 200 Albums Chart and No. 10 on its Country Chart and also was on iTunes? coveted ?Best of 2011? list.

The band sold out consecutive concerts in Wichita just a few months ago and venues from Kansas to Alabama.

?The Casey Donahew Band continues to thrill crowds each week with a combined frenetic onstage energy and everyman likeability,? according to Ensey.

The new video for ?Double Wide Dream,? debuted on Country Music Television, where it was a ?World Premiere,? and spent a week in the No. 1 position on CMT.com?s homepage in ?Today?s Top Videos.?

The song exemplifies the Burleson, Texas, native?s ability not to take himself too seriously.

?We are delighted to welcome Casey Donahew to the Marion area, as we know this band will put on a fantastic show for festival attenders,? said Clayton Garnica, Chingawassa Committee chairman.

Buttons for Chingawassa Days go on sale in May for $25, with an increase to $35 after May 31. Day passes for $6 will be available at the gate, but do not include admission to the concerts.

For more details, go to Facebook at Chingawassa, Marion, KS or visit chingawassadays.com.

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