K99.1 FM throws Country Bands Together concert


What: K99.1 FM Country Bands Together concert with The Band Perry and special guests Frankie Ballard and A Thousand Horses.

Where: Nutter Center, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy., Fairborn.

When: 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Cost: $25-$78.

More info: 937-775-4789 or www.nuttercenter.com

Artist info: www.thefansperry.com

Just over 7,000 music fans turned out last year for the first K99.1 FM Country Bands Together concert at the Nutter Center, featuring Little Big Town and Big & Rich. The second annual concert on Saturday, Dec. 10, features headliners The Band Perry and special guests Frankie Ballard and A Thousand Horses.

Proceeds benefit Dayton Children’s Hospital.

“This concert is really to help build awareness for what Dayton Children’s Hospital does in the Miami Valley,” said Nick Roberts, vice president of marketing for Cox Media Group Ohio. “A lot of people don’t realize how many kids come through that hospital every year. This show is also a chance to have some fun. Country music is still kind of family oriented so the whole family can come out, and you can’t really do that with a lot of shows.

“You can bring the kids and it’s good, clean family entertainment,” Roberts said. “A lot of the young kids like it because it’s kind of Top 40-ish but on the other hand it is still has that family-friendly vibe to it.”

Siblings Kimberly, Neil and Reid of The Band Perry honed their craft for a decade, doing grassroots tours in the family motor home before signing a major-label deal in 2009. Republic Nashville released the band’s self-titled debut in 2010. It reached platinum status and spawned the hits “If I Die Young,” “You Lie” and “All Your Life.”

The Band Perry’s 2012 follow-up, “Pioneers,” was the group’s first No. 1 album and yielded the No. 1 country single, “Better Dig Two,” plus two other Top 10 hits and one single that topped out at 20.

“The Band Perry has won so many awards from the ACM and CMA,” Roberts said. “They won a Grammy earlier this year, the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Country Group. They’ve had seven Top 10 singles, which is a lot, and a couple of those crossed over to the Top 40 charts.”

Earlier this year, the Band Perry left Republic Nashville for a joint deal with Interscope Records and Mercury Nashville. Although rumored to be taking a cue from Taylor Swift and transitioning from country to pop on the next album, that isn’t true according to band reports. The group’s first single is “The Comeback Kid,” and is definitely a country song with crossover potential. No release date has been announced for the third album.

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