By Signal Staff
Despite the current cool and wet weather pattern, the beginning of the summer celebration season is just around the corner. And, it begins with the big one, the 2019 June Jubilee weekend in Milligan on June 7-9. The big-name headliners for the Friday night concert this year are Lonestar and Darryl Worley.
The entire weekend in Fillmore County’s favorite party town is chalked full of things to do for the whole family. Organizers invite you to come for all three days, but at least come for one.
The Milligan Community Club, with the help of Becwar & Associates Entertainment Agency, is bringing CMA award-winning country/pop superstar band Lonestar with nine No. 1 hits including “No News,” “Come Cryin’ to Me,” “Smile.” “What About Now,” “Tell Her,” “I’m Already There,” “My Front Porch Looking In,” “Mr. Mom,” and CMA Song of the year, and the Country and Pop No. 1 smash hit “Amazed,” to the Milligan Centennial Garden.
Country superstar singer Darryl Worley performs at 8 p.m., and has had eight Top 20 songs including “A Good Day To Run,” and three No. 1 hits “I Miss My Friend,” “Awful Beautiful Life,” and the patriotic song about 911 called, “Have You Forgotten.”
The Friday night concert will begin at 7 p.m.. with the young regional Forgotten Highway Band. Gates open at 6 p.m., and pre-show tickets are available at multiple locations and on-line.
This year’s Milligan June Jubilee President Jeff Spiehs said headliner Lonestar has great country and pop “Cross-over” appeal, and hopes that both country and pop audiences will come out to the show.
“This promises to be a great concert with Darryl Worley, who also headlines many shows, and the Forgotten Highway Band, who have opened for over 90 major stars,” Speihs said. “This is our seventh straight year of bringing big time acts to the Milligan Centennial Garden, and we want to thank all the people who have come to our small town, and all the people who have volunteered to help.”
With Lonestar and Darryl Worley, people will get to see two headliners for the price of one,” said Gayle Becwar with Becwar & Associates.
Known for merging their country roots with strong melodies and soulful rich vocals, Lonestar is comprised of all 4 original members: Richie McDonald (lead vocals), Michael Britt (lead guitar & backing vocals), Keech Rainwater (drums), and Dean Sams (keyboards & backing vocals). Lonestar has charted thirty singles on the Billboard Hot Country Song charts. Nine of these singles have reached #1: “No News,” “Come Cryin’ to Me,” “Amazed,” “Smile.”
“What About Now,” “Tell Her,” “I’m Already There,” “My Front Porch Looking In,” and “Mr. Mom.” The mega hit “Amazed,” was the longest-lasting at eight weeks, and was the #1 country song of 1999. It also became the first song to top the country singles charts and Billboard Hot 100 charts at the same time since the 1983 song “Islands in the Stream” by Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers.
All of Lonestar’s #1 hits except “No News” have also been Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, as have “Not a Day Goes By” and “Let’s Be Us Again,” which respectively reached No. 3 and No. 4 on the country charts. Both “Amazed” and “I’m Already There,” also reached No. 2 on the Hot Adult Contemporary charts, and the former was a No. 21 on the UK Singles Chart. “Amazed,” “I’m Already There,” “My Front Porch Looking In,” and “Mr. Mom” are all certified as gold singles by the RIAA.
Lonestar received the 1999 ACM Single of the Year for “Amazed,” (the song also won the Song of the Year award), and the Lonestar band received the 2001 CMA Vocal Group of the Year award. With over 100 dates worldwide per year, Lonestar is celebrating over 20 years together. The 2019 tour is special because it is the 20 year anniversary of their Lonely Grill Album that had four #1 hits, and sold 4 million records. Lonestar is also writing new songs and their new CD, Never Enders, features ten new original songs that bring the band’s trademark sound into the contemporary arena.
After more than 20 years of touring, the Lonestar saga continues with a new generation inheriting the love for the group passed down from its original fans. Lead singer Richie McDonald chuckles and said that a few weeks ago, this little boy, 8 years old, came up to him and asked, “Do you sing that song “Amazed?” Richie said he did. The little boy said, “Well that’s why I’m here.” Richie said, “Oh, you came to hear that song?” The little boy said, “No, my mom and dad got married to that song and then they had me…and That’s why I’m here.”
Country Star Darryl Worley will perform on the Milligan Centennial Garden stage at 8:00 PM. Throughout a career that has produced nearly twenty hit singles, including three #1’s, “I Miss My Friend,” “Awful, Beautiful Life,” and “Have You Forgotten,” Darryl Worley has had chart-topping albums and sales in the millions, and has set himself one primary goal.
“I’ve always set out to make sure every song on every album is a good one,” he says. “I want every cut to be a potential single.”
It is an approach that has helped to make Darryl a mainstay of modern country music. A son of a Methodist Minister, Darryl Worley’s unquestioned musical integrity earned him an enviable connection with the American public and a reputation as a genuinely traditional country artist who doesn’t follow trends or fads, but rather his own bedrock convictions as an artist and a person. It doesn’t hurt that he is a distinctive singer and first-rate songwriter whose music chronicles life, love and the world situation with equal facility.
Darryl Worley hit the Top Twenty with the first three singles “When You Need My Love,” “A Good Day to Run,” and “Second Wind,” from his impressive major-label debut album, “Hard Rain Don’t Last.” He followed with smashes like “If Something Should Happen,” “I just Came Back From a War,” the iconic “Tennessee River Run,” and “Sounds Like Life To Me.” Along the way he earned nominations for five major ACM and CMA awards, including “Song of the Year,” and “Single of the Year,” and wrote songs for other artists including George Jones.
Milligan also has other activities planned for their 3-day June Jubilee celebration, which takes place on June 7, 8, and 9. Saturday events include the 11th Annual Pork Rib & Wings Cook-Off at 9:00 AM, Angie Kriz and the Polkatoons, 2 to 6 PM, and the popular energetic “High Heel” Band from 8 PM to Midnight.
On Sunday June 9th, at 11:30 AM there is polka music by the “Polka Dudes,” the Grand Parade at 1:30 PM with the theme this year “Thanking Our Veterans, and Celebrating 100 years of the American Legion,” Milligan Czech Brass Band at 3:30 PM, a Pork Supper from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, “Czechlanders” at 5:30 PM, and at 7:00 PM a drawing for a 2019 Ram 1500 Big Horn Crew Cab 4×4, followed by an annual auction.
Admission is FREE on Saturday and Sunday. The entire schedule of events can be found at https://www.milligannebraska.org/june-jubilee