2017-09-28 / Life in Leelanau

Three country stars to converge in Showroom

By Alan Campbell
Of The Enterprise staff

TY HERNDON will join fellow country music stars Daryle Singletary and Darryl Worley for an acoustic concert Saturday in Leelanau Sands Showroom. TY HERNDON will join fellow country music stars Daryle Singletary and Darryl Worley for an acoustic concert Saturday in Leelanau Sands Showroom. Every few months Leelanau Sands Showroom will host a country music star.

On Saturday, the Showroom will hit a trifecta when a stop on the “Country Revolution Tour” will bring Ty Herndon, Daryle Singletary and Darryl Worley to Peshawbestown.

Herndon, in particular, is looking forward to returning to the Showroom, whose intimate setting should mesh well with the tour’s all-acoustic format.

“Let me just say, the Traverse City area and in particular Leelanau County is some of the most beautiful country in the United States,” Herndon said. “I love coming to this area of the world. Not only for its beauty but for the enthusiasm of the country music fans.”

Leelanau Sands Casino general manager Frank Shinos also expects an enthusiastic crowd.

DARYLE SINGLETARY DARYLE SINGLETARY “Ty Herndon is a fan favorite here in Leelanau County, and we’ve enjoyed hosting him a few times now. Darryl Worley has also put on a great show in the past here, and to round it out with Daryle Singletary — it’s going to be outstanding.”

Good tickets remain for the concert, although those who wait until the day of the show to reserve a seat may be disappointed, according to Tracy Kurtz.

“There is a good possibility we’ll sell out as we only have 1,000 seats, and every seat in the house is a great one. It was designed as a more intimate showroom as opposed to other venues, so there is no bad place to sit and see a concert,” she said.

The country artists will be performing several No. 1 hits. Worley topped the charts with his singles “I Miss My Friend,” “Awful, Beautiful Life,” and “Have You Forgotten” — which spent seven weeks at No. 1.

DARRYL WORLEY DARRYL WORLEY Herndon, who in 2014 became the first major male country artist to publicly come out as gay, has No. 1 singles in “What Mattered Most,” “Living in a Moment,” and “It Must Be Love.”

While Singletary has not hit the top of the country music charts, he has a pair of No. 2s with “I Let Her Lie” and “Amen Kind of Love.”

“We will all be playing the hits and a few new songs from our current albums,” added Herndon. “We’re going to have a lot of fun and it’s great to be working with some my friends who happen to be country music legends.”

Kurtz anticipates an involved audience.

“We bring in a lot of performers where you feel comfortable singing along because you know the words. And many of them have performed here before and enjoyed northern Michigan so much that they asked to come back. They use their tour as their vacation with their family,” she said.

Kurtz and Leelanau Sands have a long history. She recalls introducing the first acts to perform in the Sands, which opened in 1998.

“It was Howie Mandell and Jim Balushi. He opened the showroom, and all 1,000 seats were sold out,” Kurtz said.

Other acts she fondly recalls include Marty Stuart, whose tour bus broke down in Chicago so the show had to be held on another day, and Martina McBride.

“There for awhile we had her every year. At Leelanau Sands, their hospitality is outstanding in how they treat their artists, so the artists want to return.”

All tickets for the Country Revolution concert are priced at $35. They are available at the Leelanau Sands box office, or online at Ticketmaster.

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