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Patsy Cline tribute concert coming to Van Buren

The aural and visual essence of Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Patsy Cline will pay tribute to area wounded warriors and their supporters this month in Van Buren.

The “Branson Comes to Van Buren: Absolutely Patsy Cline” fundraiser will feature the musical talents of tribute artist Tracy Lynn DeMille at 6 p.m. May 24 at the King Opera House, 427 Main St. in Van Buren. The all-ages event will benefit area injured military veterans.

The event also will be an ideal way for music fans to spend a song-filled evening with family and friends, said David Odgen, president of the Volunteers for Injured Veterans Association.

“Tracy Lynn DeMille is a fantastic Branson artist and she’s the real deal,” he said. “We’re so honored and thrilled to have an artist of her caliber perform for this event.”

DeMille has been a headliner in Branson for 17 years, Odgen said. Her “sensational, one-woman” concert will reflect her popular performances in Branson, he said.

“Tracy is considered the top Patsy Cline tribute artist in the world,” Odgen said. “She will bring her uncanny resemblance and terrific vocals for a show-stopping performance of Patsy Cline’s music and spirit.”

“Lost in the ’50s” artists Sara Dawn, Jerry Standridge and Hannah Ball also will perform, he said. Their musical presentations will help keep the evening upbeat and patriotic, Odgen said.

“There will be so much great music that night for everyone to enjoy,” he said.

Odgen said he hopes a capacity crowd will witness DeMille’s performance.

“We’d love to raise as much money as we can for our wounded warriors,” he said. “Our veterans and the people serving our country are important and needed.”

Seating will be limited to 221 people, Odgen said.

“We’re telling everyone that if you are a veteran or a patriot, you definitely don’t want to miss this show,” he said. “It’s going to be a big deal for Van Buren, Fort Smith and all of the surrounding area.”

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