Lucknow could be country music capital

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Some of North America’s biggest country music acts could be invading Lucknow next summer.

The Lucknow Kinsmen unveiled their preliminary plan for a one-day, four-band concert tentatively scheduled for Lucknow next August. The plan is to raise money for a yet-unnamed community project and support the Kinsmen’s long-standing fundraising for Cystic Fibrosis research.

On Oct. 6, event co-chairs Ken Irwin and Rick McMurray presented Huron-Kinloss council with a rough plan for the eight-hour concert The Kinsmen are looking at 10,000-12,000 people coming to Lucknow. The concert will begin at 4 p.m. and four bands will play two-hour sets until midnight.

McMurray said the club has spoken with a promotion agency and will have a large stage with two video screens set up for the event. He wants to sell the tickets through Ticketmaster to ensure the concert draws people from across the province.

“We’re not selling this in Lucknow’s storefronts,” he said. “This is going across Ontario. We need the funding (from major ticket sales) for this event to work.”

According to the preliminary plans, the concert will allow an opportunity for all local service groups to run fundraisers and volunteer their time. The club wants Huron-Kinloss council to designate the concert a community event.

Crowds will likely use neighbouring farm properties for parking. McMurray said there are still challenges that will be faced, but he expects this show to put Huron-Kinloss on the map for many people outside the area.

“We feel Lucknow can pull this all together,” McMurray said. “It’s all a one-day event. Set-up sounds like a dream to me.”

Specific details on the concert lineup and the financial requirements of the show are not available yet, although the Kinsmen would require a start-up loan from the township. If the show is a success, it will likely become an annual event

In the coming months, the Kinsmen will be looking to firm up major sponsorship. The club will also deal with concert promoters to hammer out a list of performers. Council has recommended the organizers form a committee to allow the township to work more closely with organizers.

“I think this is exactly what this community needs,” said councillor Jim Hanna. “We should be supporting you any way we can.”

Council agreed to throw its support behind the project. The Kinsmen Club will be back to council periodically in the coming months.


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We’re not selling this in Lucknow’s storefronts,” he said. “This is going across Ontario. We need the funding (from major ticket sales) for this event to work.”