WATERTOWN – The Disabled People’s Action Benefit Concerts return this summer as a country, comedy and classic rock ‘n roll act take the stage.
For the first time in more than 40 years, DPAO was unable to hold its annual concert series last year, as the COVID-19 pandemic and state-related restrictions made such gatherings impossible.
This year’s series – officially dubbed Car-Freshner / FX Caprara Family of Car Dealerships 2021 Summer Concert Series, presented by DPAO, Carthage Area Hospital and Watertown Savings Bank – will consist of three acts.
Country star Dustin Lynch
Since his debut in 2012 with the certified Platinum single “Cowboys and Angels”, Mr. Lynch has been a star of the country circuit. He had seven number one Billboard hits: “Hell of a Night”, “Ridin’Roads”, “Good Girl”, “Mind Reader”, “Seein Red”, “Small Town Boy” and “Where It’s At”.
His latest album, his fourth, is “Tullahoma”, named after his hometown of Tennessee. It’s a concept album offering views of life as a boy in a small town.
“Throughout the album, Lynch is said to be lyrical about being from Small Town, US, finding the love of your life and a life-changing breakup,” Lauren Tingle wrote in a review of The album for Sounds Like Nashville.
The August 6 concert will be held indoors at 7 p.m. at the Watertown Fairgrounds arena.
Larry the Cable Guy is a multi-platinum artist, Grammy Award nominee, Billboard Award winner, and one of the nation’s top comedians. The comedian’s real name is Daniel Lawrence Whitney and is originally from Nebraska. He was part of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, which also included Bill Engvall, Ron White, and Jeff Foxworthy. The comedian won Billboard’s 2005 Comedy Artist of the year and Comedy Album of the year and received the Billboard Top Comedy Tour Award in 2006.
The August 14 concert will be held indoors at 7 p.m. at the Watertown Fairgrounds arena.
In 2019, ZZ Top took their 50th anniversary tour. A related documentary film, “ZZ Top: That Little Ol ‘Band From Texas” tells the story of “how three bizarre teenage bluesmen – Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard – became one of the biggest and most popular bands. most beloved on the planet, while maintaining a surreal mystique that continues to intrigue fans and draw audiences half a century after the group’s founding.
The band’s hits include “Give Me All Your Lovin ‘”, “Sharp Dressed Man”, “Legs”, “Cheap Sunglasses” and “Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers”.
The group’s last album, “La Futura”, was released in 2012, but Mr. Gibbons told media sources the group was preparing a new one. In March, he told Andrew Dansby of the Houston Chronicle, “We holed up in the desert for a few weeks in the heat of summer and that in itself was pretty intense. To let off steam, we just “let the rock” and that’s what “Hardware” really is. For the most part, he’s a raging rocker but still aware of the implicit mystery of the desert.
The September 25 concert will take place outdoors at the Watertown Exhibition Center. The time is to be determined.
Tickets for Dustin Lynch and Larry The Cable Guy go on sale via DPAO at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 7.
Tickets for ZZ Top go on sale at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 28.
To purchase tickets, visit DPAO.org or call DPAO at 315-782-0044.
Only general admission tickets will be available at local Kinney Drugs Store.
According to a press release from the DPAO, those who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 will be required to wear a face mask at all times during events. Children 12 and under, who are not eligible to receive the vaccine, must also wear a face mask at all times, DPAO officials said.
Proceeds from the 2021 Car-Freshner / FX Caprara family of car dealership summer concert series will benefit programs and services provided by DPAO to more than 500 families with developmental disabilities in Jefferson and Lewis counties.