John Michael Montgomery headlines concert
QUINCY, Ill. – Academy of Country Music award-winning recording artist John Michael Montgomery will headline a concert being held in conjunction with the WGEM/Herald-Whig TriState Pro-Am, the event’s board of directors is proud to announce.
Also performing will be Lick Creek, a country band out of Springfield, Ill.
The concert, which is presented by Michelob Ultra, will take place Sunday, May 27 at the Oakley-Lindsay Center and is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. General admission tickets will be $30 and go on sale March 1. They can be purchased through the Pro-Am website at tristateproam.org.
A limited number of VIP tickets also will be available for $100. VIP tickets include admission to a cocktail party prior to the concert with the opportunity to mingle with the performing artists and some of the professional golfers participating in the Pro-Am.
All proceeds from the concert and the Pro-Am will benefit the Quincy Medical Group Foundation and its fight against cancer, the Junior Rangers Golf Academy and other local charities.
“This is an opportunity to reach out to more of the community and involve them in the weekend,” said Greg Feldberg, executive director of the TriState Pro-Am. “The concert is an extension of the Pro-Am and an opportunity to raise more money for local charities.”
The third annual Pro-Am takes place Monday, May 29 at Westview Golf Course.
Montgomery launched a solo career in 1992 when he signed with Atlantic Records and had his first top-10 hit “Life’s a Dance” that same year. He released “I Love the Way You Love Me,” the first of seven singles to reach No. 1 on the Billboard chart, in 1993 and his career took off.
By 1995, he had released three albums — Life’s a Dance, Kickin’ It Up and John Michael Montgomery — that are all certified multi-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. His 1996 album I Do the Best is certified platinum and his next two releases, Leave a Mark and Brand New Me, are certified gold.
His other songs to reach No. 1 include “I Swear”, “Be My Baby Tonight”, “If You’ve Got Love”, “I Can Love You Like That”, “Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)”, and “The Little Girl.”
“I Swear” was named the top country song of 1994 by Billboard magazine, while “Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)” was named the top country song in 1995.
Montgomery received the Country Music Association Award for New Artist of the Year and the Academy of Country Music Award for New Male Vocalist of the Year in 1994. He has received two CMA awards and three ACM awards in his career.
He is a three-time Grammy nominee.
Lick Creek features Lance Stone and Maddie Brown on lead vocals and mixes elements of outlaw country with southern rock to create a swampy blues country sound. The band also features Wesley Ingram on lead guitar, Ryan King on lead guitar, banjo and mandolin, Steve Gragert on bass and Brandon Drew on drums.