concerts

Lynyrd Skynyrd to play O’Reilly Family Event Center on May 19

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., March 28, 2017 — Legendary southern rock group Lynyrd Skynyrd will take the stage at the O’Reilly Family Event Center on Friday, May 19.

Tickets start at $67 and go on sale starting at 10 a.m., this Friday, March 31, at www.drurytickets.com or by calling (417) 873-6389. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the OFEC box office, which is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.

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With a catalog of over 60 albums, sales beyond 30 million worldwide and their beloved classic American rock anthem “Sweet Home Alabama” having over two million downloaded ringtones, Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Lynyrd Skynyrd remains a cultural icon that appeals to all generations.

Led by core members Gary Rossington (guitar), Johnny Van Zant (vocals) and Rickey Medlock (guitar), the band continues to record new albums and tour the country, building on the legacy that began over 35 years ago in Jacksonville, Florida. Joining them in the studio and on the road are new bassist Johnny Colt, guitarist Mark “Sparky” Matejka, and keyboardist Peter Keys.

More information: http://lynyrdskynyrd.com.

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Media Contact: Geoff Steele, O’Reilly Family Event Center Venue Coordinator: (417) 863-7843 or gsteele@drury.edu

Cheap Trick to play O’Reilly Family Event Center on October 22

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., August 18, 2016 — Fresh off of its induction into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in April, iconic hard rock and power pop group Cheap Trick will perform at the O’Reilly Family Event Center on Saturday, October 22. Local band Paralandra will open the show.

Tickets start at $41.50 and go on sale starting at 10 a.m., Friday, August 26 at www.drurytickets.com or by calling (417) 873-6389. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the OFEC box office, which is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.

Cheap Trick is part of the very fiber of American music, inspiring and delighting generations with a unique union of massive melodies and razorblade riffs. Frontlined since 1974 by Robin Zander (vocals, rhythm guitar), Rick Nielsen (lead guitar), and Tom Petersson (bass guitar), the band is set to impact still another era with the new album “Bang Zoom Crazy… Hello,” its 17th studio collection and first in more than five years.

The Rockford, Illinois-born band is among the most active and successful in music history, with featured appearances on over 20 movie soundtracks, more than 40 international gold and platinum certifications, myriad awards and industry honors, and total record sales well in excess of 20 million. Fan bases in the U.S., Europe, Japan and elsewhere have helped propel songs such as “Surrender,” “I Want You to Want Me,” “Dream Police” and “The Flame” to the top of the charts over the decades.

More information: http://www.cheaptrick.com

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Media Contact: Geoff Steele – O’Reilly Family Event Center Venue Coordinator: (417) 863-7843 or gsteele@drury.edu.

Willie Nelson concert changes lineup; adds Jamey Johnson & Ryan Bingham

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Mar 29, 2016 — The Willie Nelson & Family concert with Merle Haggard announces a change in the lineup of their April 8 date in Springfield at the O’Reilly Family Event Center.

The following statement was released today by the tour:

Nashville, Tenn., (MARCH 29, 2016) – Due to unforeseen circumstances, Merle Haggard is canceling his April performances with Willie Nelson & Family. He has received doctor’s orders to complete his recovery from double pneumonia by continuing to rest.

Merle says, “I want to thank my fans for their prayers and well wishes. I hope to be back on the road in May, but I’m taking it one day at a time.”

The Willie Nelson & Family tour will continue with special guests Jamey Johnson and Ryan Bingham.

The change in the lineup is bittersweet, as concert promoters were looking forward to seeing the two classic country stars share the stage, but the addition of not one, but two award-winning artists make this evening something unexpectedly special.

This Springfield date is sold out. Ticketholders desiring refunds as a result of the change can call 1-800-514-3849. Any ticket inventory that is refunded will then be made available for purchase at 1o a.m., Friday, April 1. To purchase those tickets, visit www.drurytickets.com, call (417) 873-6389, or visit the box office at the O’Reilly Center.

Willie Nelson & Family with special guests Jamey Johnson & Ryan Bingham will take place on Friday, April 8 at the O’Reilly Family Event Center.

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Drury partners with Gillioz for concerts; Nelson & Haggard play OFEC April 8

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Jan. 11, 2015 — Drury University’s O’Reilly Family Event Center and the Gillioz Theater are forming a strategic partnership with the aim of boosting Springfield’s profile on the national concert tour scene and bringing more live music to the Ozarks.

Under the new framework, Geoff Steele, executive director of the Gillioz, will book concerts and handle all day-of operations for shows at the OFEC. The move pairs the booking, promoting and customer service expertise of the Gillioz with Drury’s state-of-the-art mid-sized concert venue. It also leverages the two venues’ sizes (1,100 seats and 3,000 seats respectively) for booking. The partnership does not affect athletic events at OFEC.

Willie Nelson on stage with Merle Haggard.

Willie Nelson on stage with Merle Haggard.

The first concert to fall under the new framework is being announced today: Willie Nelson, together in concert with Merle Haggard, will perform on Friday, April 8 at the OFEC. Tickets start at $64 and are available starting at 10 a.m., Friday, Jan. 15 at www.drurytickets.com or by calling (417) 873-6389. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the OFEC box office, which is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.

Nelson and Haggard are true legends of American music. Both are Country Music Hall of Famers who have combined to release more than 200 singles and topped the Billboard Country Singles Chart more than 50 times. Beyond their chart success, Nelson and Haggard have influenced countless songwriters and performers over the decades. Their 2015 record “Django and Jimmie” is the sixth album collaboration between the two singers, and debuted at #1 on the Billboard Country Album Charts.

About the Partnership

Officials at the Gillioz and Drury say the partnership is a win-win-win for both institutions and local music fans.

The Gillioz has experienced high growth in ticket sales and a steady increase in the frequency and quality of acts on its stage over the last decade, Steele says. The OFEC has seen several hit shows in the last several years, including the Avett Brothers, Kelly Clarkson, and the Steve Miller Band.

“We are both positioning ourselves to enhance life in the Ozarks and enhance Springfield’s standing as a destination for tours,” Steele says. “When promoters inquire with us, I’ll have the ability to offer them both venues as an option for their artists.”

The Gillioz’s strong social media presence and track record of customer service will serve OFEC patrons well, says Rob Fridge, Drury’s chief financial officer and director of the OFEC’s entertainment programming.

“Drury excels in academics and athletics,” Fridge says. “We want to excel when it comes to delivering live entertainment to the community in this fantastic venue, and we’re partnering with one of the best to help us do just that. This takes our recent track record of success to a new level going forward.”

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Texas group The Oh Hellos come to O’Reilly Family Event Center Feb. 19

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 2, 2015 — Texas-based duo the Oh Hellos will perform live in concert Friday, Feb. 19 at the O’Reilly Family Event Center as part of Drury University’s 2016 homecoming celebration. Drury-based group Lost & Found will open the show. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert begins at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for the general public and free to all Drury students. Tickets are available starting at 10 a.m., Friday, Nov. 5 at www.drurytickets.com or by calling (417) 873-6389. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the OFEC box office, which is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.

The Oh Hellos

The Oh Hellos

The Oh Hellos are siblings Tyler and Maggie Heath, who were born and raised in a musical family in southern Texas. In the fall of 2012, the duo released their debut full-length record, “Through the Deep, Dark Valley,” an album full of regret and redemption. Their second full-length album, “Dear Wormwood,” is at times delicate, intimate, and affectionate; and at other times soaring, towering and joyfully explosive. The band’s influences range from Fleet Foxes and Sufjan Stevens to The Middle East and the Muppets, bending and blending styles and genres into a unique mixture of eclectic folk rock.

For more on the bands, visit http://www.theohhellos.com or https://www.facebook.com/LostAndFoundsMusic/.

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Bryan Adams brings “Reckless” anniversary tour to OFEC in September

 

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., July 6, 2015 — Rocker Bryan Adams will bring his 30th Anniversary “Reckless” Tour to the O’Reilly Family Event Center on Monday, September 21.

Tickets start at $59 and go on sale at 10 a.m., Friday, July 10 at www.drurytickets.com or by calling (417) 873-6389. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the OFEC box office, which is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.

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The OFEC in Springfield is one of the smallest venues on the “Reckless” tour, giving local fans a chance to see Adams in a more intimate 3,000-seat setting as well as saving them the time and expense of traveling to a larger market. The show has hit cities such as New York, Chicago, Las Vegas and Dallas.

With more than 100 million albums sold, Adams is one of the most successful figures in rock, thanks to his powerful vocals and distinctive songwriting skills. Adams’ fourth album, “Reckless,” was released on his 25th birthday, November 5, 1984, and was preceded by the single “Run to You,” which reached the Top 10. It was followed by five more Top 20 singles from the album: “Somebody,” “Heaven” (which hit No. 1), “Summer of ’69” (Top 10), “One Night Love Affair,” and a duet with Tina Turner, “It’s Only Love.” Reckless reached No. 1 in the U.S., and has sold more than 12 million copies worldwide to date.

For more information, visit https://www.bryanadams.com.

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Gaither Vocal Band coming to O’Reilly Family Event Center Sept. 11

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., June 18, 2015 — The Gaither Vocal Band will perform live in concert at the O’Reilly Family Event Center on Friday, September 11, 2015. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 7 p.m. The show will include a special patriotic 9/11 tribute.

Tickets start at $23 and go on sale starting at 10 a.m., Monday, June 22 at www.drurytickets.com or by calling (417) 873-6389. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the OFEC box office, which is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.

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For more than a quarter century, the Gaither Vocal Band has created a legacy of award-winning excellence in the gospel genre. The list of men who have comprised the Gaither Vocal Band over the years reads like a “Who’s Who” among the industry’s best-loved voices. The current lineup includes Wes Hampton, David Phelps and Adam Crabb as well as Gaither himself, who has led the group out of his personal passion for great harmony and a genuine desire to bring meaningful music to a hurting world. Special guests will include Todd Suttles, Jeff and Sheri Easter, Karen Peck and New River, Reggie and Ladye Love Smith, Charlotte Ritchie and Gene McDonald.

For more information about the group, visit: http://gaither.com.

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Matthew Curry to open Steve Miller Band show May 29

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., March 16, 2015 — Blues guitarist Matthew Curry will be the opening act when the Steve Miller Band comes to the O’Reilly Family Event Center on Friday, May 29.

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Matthew Curry

At just 19 years old, Curry is taking audiences by surprise with his triple-threat talents of compelling songwriting, dynamic vocals and incendiary guitar work. After picking up the guitar at age 4 and playing his first gig at age 9, Curry has gone on to jam with modern greats such as Tommy Castro, Bernard Allison and Ronnie Baker Brooks. His sophomore album, “Electric Religion,” features original songs co-written by Curry.

The Steve Miller Band is one of the top-selling acts of the classic rock era and created some of rock’s most enduring anthems, including “Fly Like an Eagle,” “Space Cowboy,” “Take the Money and Run” and “Jet Airliner.”

Tickets start at $59 and are available at www.drurytickets.com or by calling (417) 873-6389. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the OFEC box office, which is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.

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Hip-hop crossover star Lecrae comes to O’Reilly Family Event Center April 29

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 10, 2015 — Grammy-winning Christian rapper Lecrae will perform at the O’Reilly Family Event Center at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 29. Andy Mineo and DJ Promote will open.

Lecrae

Lecrae

Tickets start at $24 and go on sale at 10 a.m., Friday, Feb. 13 at Drurytickets.com or by calling (417) 873-6389. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the OFEC box office, which is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.

Lecrae’s latest album, “Anomaly,” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart in September. His previous album, “Gravity,” and his “Church Clothes” mixtape, both from 2012, have been called landmark Christian hip-hop recordings by fans and critics alike. “Gravity” won the 2013 Grammy for Best Gospel Album, while “Church Clothes” was downloaded more than 100,000 times in its first 48 hours on the web.

The southern-born rapper has undeniable crossover appeal. “Anomaly” is only the fifth album to ever hit the top spot on both the Billboard 200 and Billboard Christian Albums charts. In 2013, Lecrae was featured on the Rock The Bells Tour alongside rap luminaries like Wu-Tang Clan, Kendrick Lamar, Common and many more.

More information: http://www.lecrae.com, http://www.andymineo.com and http://www.djpromote.com.

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Merle Haggard & Marty Stuart coming to O’Reilly Family Event Center Feb. 24

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Dec. 1, 2014 — Country Music Hall of Famer Merle Haggard will headline a concert in Springfield for the first time in more than 40 years when he takes the stage with his good friend Marty Stuart at the O’Reilly Family Event Center on Feb. 24, 2015.

Tickets start at $54 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 5 online at www.drurytickets.com or by calling (417) 873-6389. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the OFEC box office, which is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.

Merle Haggard

Merle Haggard

Haggard is one of the architects of country music, with more than 40 No. 1 hits and scores of Top 10 singles. He helped create the twangy, stripped-down “Bakersfield Sound” in the 1960s and was one of the key voices in the Outlaw Country movement of the 1970s. Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1994, Haggard has influenced generations of songwriters in a career spanning decades.

Stuart broke out with a solo career in the 1990s after years as a stellar instrumentalist and sideman. Like Haggard, Stuart is a modern performer who carries on the tradition of classic country music. A member of the Grand Ole Opry, Stuart tours today with his backing band, the Fabulous Superlatives.

Touring as twin headliners, Haggard and Stuart have been playing sold-out shows and giving audiences what the Fort-Worth Star Telegram recently called “a satisfying one-two punch of traditional country music.”

For more information, visit www.merlehaggard.com and www.martystuart.net.

WATCH: Haggard performs “Workin’ Man Blues” with Stuart

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