Award-winning singer/songwriter Phil Vassar, up-and-comer Jana Kramer also of “One Tree Hill” and “Friday Night Lights” fame, and local’s favorite the Tony Marques Band will headline the sixth Country in the Park outdoor concert and festival on Saturday, May 12. Presented by Mountain’s Edge master planned community and Vegas Country 95.5 KWNR, the free event is 2 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the amphitheater in the master plan’s Exploration Park, located at 9700 So. Buffalo Drive.
For information on how to win entry into the Vegas Country 95.5 KWNR VIP section for the day, visit www.kwnr.com (key word Country in the Park).
The Tony Marques Band opens the show from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., followed by Jana Kramer from 5 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. and culminating with Phil Vassar from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Additionally, the event includes a beer garden, food vendors, and booths and exhibits. Attendees are invited to bring picnic baskets, blankets and chairs and enjoy the entire day at Exploration Park. The 80-acre park offers a Western Village, Native American play structures, archeological dig area, splash pad and the 2,846-foot-tall Exploration Peak with hiking and cycling trails.
Vassar boasts numerous hit songs written for top country artists and many more hits as an artist in his own right. Among his accolades, he’s been named the ASCAP Songwriter of the Year twice and taken top honors from the Academy of Country Music, and also was honored at the Country Music Awards. He’s a two-time ASCAP Songwriter of the Year, Billboard Magazine Top New Country Artist, Billboard Country Songwriter of the Year, Music Row Magazine Breakthrough Artist of the Year, and ACM Top New Male Vocalist of the Year and Song of The Year. Vassar’s latest single and album is “Don’t Miss Your Life.”
Kramer is a singer, songwriter and actress whose three successful songs were featured on The CW’s “One Tree Hill,” where she plays the firecracker actress, Alex Dupre. Kramer’s fourth song, “Why Ya Wanna” debuted on the show earlier this year, and she also recently debuted at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.
Marques (pronounced Mar-cus) has entertained at all past Country in the Park events. A self-taught singer, songwriter and acoustic guitar player, he has performed around the world with top country stars, and at NASCAR, National Finals Rodeo, Professional Bull Riders Association and Academy of Country Music Awards events. Marques and his band of talented musicians have backed up Toby Keith numerous times when Keith has stopped in unannounced at his “Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill” at Harrah’s Casino, Las Vegas, and was handpicked to be the venue’s house band for a number of years. Marques still performs there at least once a month, and at other Toby Keith’s around the country.
For Country in the Park information, visit www.mountainsedge.com and www.kwnr.com (key word Country in the Park) and also learn what you can bring to help those less fortunate when the designated charity beneficiary is named.