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St. James Plaindealer - St. James, MN
  • Georgette Jones to Take The Stage at Hayloft

  • On June 6, The Hayloft will be hosting an outdoor concert featuring country singer Georgette Jones. Georgette, who is the daughter of country music hall of farmers George Jones and Tammy Wynette, will headline the local show that will include additional music from Denny and The DC Drifters, and Steve Lang.
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  • On June 6, The Hayloft will be hosting an outdoor concert featuring country singer Georgette Jones. Georgette, who is the daughter of country music hall of farmers George Jones and Tammy Wynette, will headline the local show that will include additional music from Denny and The DC Drifters, and Steve Lang.  
    “To get a top entertainer like her is a dream come true,” said Dave Ringer, who scheduled the event at the Hayloft.  “Won’t have another entertainer of this status any time soon in a small town like this.”  
    Jones will visit St. James on her way to Iowa from northern Minnesota.  On the current leg of her tour, which will begin on June 2 in Nashville, Jones will visit parts of New York, Pennsylvania, Canada and the Midwest.   Ringer explained that his good friend Dennis Charnecki, who will also be preforming at the June 6 show, should get most of the credit for bringing the show and Georgette to St. James.  
    “Well I’ll tell you right now it wasn’t my looks and it wasn’t my intelligence that got her here, it was all Denny,” said Ringer.
    Although the Hayloft has housed large shows in the past, including performances by Michael Twitty, Connie Valens, Jeannie Seely and Roy Rodgers, Ringer said the upcoming concert is quite a project and will be the first held outside.  With the help of his friends and those sponsoring the event, Ringer hopes that anywhere from 350 to 1,000 people will attend.  
    Admission is $20 if tickets are bought in advanced and $25 at the door.  There will also be food and beer tickets available ahead of time to help alleviate the hassle of bringing money and purchasing things at the show.   People who arrive with their classic cars, motorcycles or street rods will be given special parking privileges.  
    “My whole life I’ve liked old cars, so if you have an old car park them and get a lawn chair to watch the show.  The cars become a show itself,” said Ringer.    
    The concert will be dedicated to Ringer’s loved ones and friends who have passed away in recent years, and he knows people will have a nice night out in an atmosphere that encompasses the old days and the roots of country music.  
    “I’m 67-years-old and I love the music I grew up with, and Georgette’s folks were the biggest legends in country music. This brings country music back to the country,” said Ringer.
    Doors open at 5 p.m. and music will begin at 6 p.m.  Jones will take the stage a little after 8 p.m. and will perform until 10 p.m.  Jones will be meeting fans throughout the evening and signing autographs.  If weather becomes problematic, the performance will be moved to the Armstrong building. Part of the show’s earnings will be going to the local Backpack For Kids foundation, which works to feed students in Watonwan county schools.  
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