Three acts added to 2012 Corn Palace concert lineupOak Ridge Boys, ’70s disco act and rockabilly show scheduled.
By: Chris Huber, The Daily Republic
Three more concerts are coming to the Corn Palace before the end of the year.
The Corn Palace announced Wednesday that The Oak Ridge Boys, Boogie Wonderland and “A Night to Remember,” a tribute to pioneering rockabilly stars, will be coming to the venue in Mitchell.
“The Corn Palace committee looked at this and people are asking for more entertainment outside of the festival,” Corn Palace Director Mark Schilling said. “With the success with Hairball and the Winter Dance Party last year, we started looking at what else we could do to help fill some of those dates that we have open.”
The Corn Palace Festival Board decided not to hold the Polka Festival this year, and Schilling hopes having more concerts will partially make up for it.
The Oak Ridge Boys will perform Dec. 20 and will be part a Christmas-themed concert. The four-man vocal act repeatedly topped the charts in the 1970s and ’80s.
“This is going to be a combination type of show,” Schilling said. “They will play a lot of Christmas music but will also play some of their own songs; it should be a very good time.”
Boogie Wonderland, a Minnesota-based ’70s disco cover band, will play Nov. 10.
“With the success we had with Hairball, people asked why we don’t bring them back more than once a year,” Schilling said.
“We don’t want to overdo it, so we figured we would try the ’70s with this band and see how it goes. People like to get dressed up in their ’70s clothes.”
Finally, “A Night to Remember” will feature tribute music to Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis.
The music will be performed by musicians who look and sound like the original artists and the concert is Oct. 7.
The concert is a tribute to a night in 1956 when the four young rockabilly musicians played and recorded in the Sun Record Studios in Memphis. They were dubbed the “Million Dollar Quartet,” and a musical with the same name is currently touring the country.
Tickets for all three acts go on sale at 7 a.m. Saturday and will be available at cornpalace.com and the Corn Palace box office.
Tickets for The Oak Ridge Boys will be $40. Boogie Wonderland tickets are $15.
Tables will be set up on the Corn Palace floor for “A Night to Remember.” The cost is $200 for a table of eight, or $20 for an individual soft seat in the raised section.
The three concert announcements come on the heels of country acts Billy Currington and Jake Owen being announced earlier this summer. The two will play at the Corn Palace Sept. 14. Later this month, Sept. 28-29, there will be an indoor bull-riding event at the Corn Palace for the first time.
Approximately 1,600 tickets have been sold for the Currington and Owen show, and Schilling hopes to sell around 2,200 tickets.