REO Speedwagon to headline summer concert
City councilman Kenny Lewis on Monday announced early '80s powerhouse REO Speedwagon will perform in this year's summer concert series.

By JOHN FRIEDLEIN

May 6, 2008

ELIZABETHTOWN — Pull up your striped tube socks, baby. City Councilman Kenny Lewis on Monday announced early '80s powerhouse REO Speedwagon will perform in this year's summer concert series. Known for rock ballads such as "Take it on the Run," the band is still cranking out new music, including a CD released last year. The Atlanta Rhythm Section will open the concert. "We've definitely stepped up a notch," Lewis said. "We're really lucky to get REO." This concert apparently worked into the band's schedule, since it had planned to be in the area. The July 5 show will be at the Freeman Lake Park bandstand. A "huge" fireworks display will follow, Lewis said. The ticket price hasn't been set. Tickets to last year's Three Dog Night concert cost $20. Last year's event — which revived the series after a decade — drew a crowd of almost 4,000, Lewis said. This time, a total of 5,000 tickets will go on sale this month at sites including Pritchard Community Center, T.J. Rhoades State Farm Insurance agency and online from Ticketmaster. "I think it will sell out," Lewis said. Corporate sponsors of last year's concert made their money back from the show and an $800 profit went into the concert fund. REO Speedwagon will cost organizers $60,000 and the Atlanta Rhythm Section comes with a $7,500 price tag. These concerts improve residents' quality of life and draw out-of-town visitors — one of them last time from as far away as New York, Lewis said. "It's a good time."

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