Even though winter is just around the corner, Chingawassa Days 2018 is heating up following the announcement that Montgomery Gentry is the headline act.
Clayton Garnica, Chingawassa Committee chairman, said their board believes this show is one of the biggest that’s been in Marion to date.
“There’s a lot of excitement coming with this tour, and we can’t wait to show the community,” he said.
As in previous years, Garnica said the booking agent, Patti Donahoe, gave them a band list that was within the budget.
“We originally submitted an offer to a band that was in our budget, but got a ‘no’ from them almost immediately because they were going on tour and our date was already booked,” he said.
It was back to the “drawing board,” for the committee, he said.
“In the meantime our agent got word that Montgomery Gentry was headed back on the road and booking dates for their tribute tour to the late band member Troy Gentry,” he said.
They had finished recording their new album, “Here’s to You,” before Troy died and Eddie, the other member, wanted to go on one last tour to say farewell to the fans.
In addition, he also wanted to pay tribute to his fallen brother, Garnica said.
“The album will release Feb. 2,” he said, “so with that knowledge and knowing this tour would be big and few dates booked we wanted to submit our offer.”
The committee, he said, heard from the band within days of submitting their offer, and “great positives” from the band looking forward to coming and playing in Kansas.
“We have had some people question us about what will happen with one of the band members passing away,” he said.
“Montgomery Gentry will be bringing some big country names throughout their tribute tour to sing Troy’s part.
The committee is excited to hear who will join them on the stage at Chingawassa 2018, Garnica said.
“We are also excited to be a part of this tribute tour.
Only 25 total dates have been announced to date, and Chingawassa is the only date in Kansas,” he said.
Garnica said the committee has some big things planned for this Chingawassa, scheduled June 1, 2 and 3 in Central Park.
The committee, he said, is encouraging everyone to follow their facebook, twitter, Instagram and Snapchat accounts for news as it happens.
“Our buttons are currently on sale now at the Chingawassa Days website,” he said.
“We have had such positive and amazing responses from our followers that there was no doubt we needed to have them on sale now.
“Buy them while you can before they are sold out.”
It’s about family
Chingawassa is all about family, Garnica said.
“The committee consists of 14 people who are joined together to help our community grow each day in any small way they can,” he said.
Montgomery Gentry is all about family, and family comes first, he said.
“They have made that very clear in that this tour is all for their fallen brother, Troy, who would have wanted this.
For Eddie to go out on the road and play their newest album, “Here’s to You,” for the fans is exciting, he said.