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Posted on: November 28, 2017

"A Main Street Christmas Concert" featuring The Duke Mason Band

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CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, LABETTE COUNTY TOURISM
AND THE PARSONS MUNCIPAL AUDITORIUM TO PRESENT
“A MAIN STREET CHRISTMAS CONCERT”

The tradition continues with a wonderful concert to set the mood for your Christmas holiday. The Parsons Chamber of Commerce, Labette County Tourism and the Parsons Municipal Auditorium are giving the community an early gift this year when they present “A Main Street Christmas Concert” featuring The Duke Mason Band on Friday, December 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Parsons Municipal Auditorium. The concert will be a family-friendly event and admission is free of charge, although three worthy organizations will receive the free-will offering.

Duke is no stranger to Parsons. While music fans in the area are aware of his incredible musical talents, they might not know that Christmas is Duke’s favorite holiday. In fact, he doesn’t need to wait for the season to roll around, as he’s been known to burst out singing a carol or holiday classic whenever the mood hits him. In fact, on November 18th of this year the Duke Mason Band released their first-ever Christmas CD titled “I Believe.” This brand new release features 14 songs celebrating the most wonderful time of the year, including Duke’s original song “I Believe.”

Duke will be joined on stage by his traveling road band, The Duke Mason Band. The five-piece band is comprised of seasoned and talented musicians, which compliments Duke’s performance style. For this year’s holiday show Duke has selected a wide variety of songs from his new CD that include children’s favorites and holiday classics, all mixed with unique arrangements of lesser known seasonal tunes that share what the true meaning of Christmas is all about.

Opening the concert will be the special guest duo of Kinley Taylor Rice and Jason Richison. Kinley Taylor Rice is a young up and coming country singer from Fort Scott, KS. This eighteen year old songstress has already amassed an impressive resume, including performing on stage with Vince Gill and the Time Jumpers in Nashville, recording with Texan Bobby Flores, and headlining at Tulsa’s legendary Cain’s Ballroom. Jason Richison is a lead guitarist and singer who came to Kansas by way of California. He was part of the Fort Scott Jubilee house band, lead guitarist for the Kelly’s Kountry Junction television program, and is a first-call musician who regularly fills in with numerous respected bands.

For this concert Duke and the band have waived their standard performance fee and will be providing their services free of charge. In keeping with the spirit of giving to others during the holidays, Duke has asked that a freewill offering be taken during the concert and all monetary donations be used to help support local worthy causes.

Three charitable organizations have been selected to receive funds from the donations:

  •  P.A.L.S., the Proud Animal Lovers Society - Founded in 2010 P.A.L.S. is a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter which normally houses around 40 dogs and cats at any given time. In just a few short years they have managed to adopt almost a 1,000 animals to loving homes.
  • The Labette County Emergency Assistance Center is a non-profit charity organization serving those in need throughout the county. Specific goals of the LCEAC are preventing hunger, utility disconnection and eviction.
  • The Youth Crisis Center, “Serving Youth for a Better Tomorrow” was created in 1981 as a private non-profit corporation serving boys and girls (ages 6 and older). Since its inception, they have served more than 100 children and adolescents each year since 1981. Currently, at capacity, they are housing twenty residents.

 So breakout the eggnog, put on that hideously ugly sweater, or whatever it takes to get in the holiday spirit and plan to attend “A Main Street Christmas Concert” featuring The Duke Mason Band and guests on Friday, December 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Parsons Municipal Auditorium, 112 South 17th Street, Parsons, KS. The show is free of charge, and all seating is general admission.  Doors to the auditorium are scheduled to open at 7:00 p.m. “A Main Street Christmas Concert” is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and Labette County Tourism in cooperation with The City of Parsons and the Parsons Municipal Auditorium.

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