2 acts to play Country Music Spectacular fundraiser Saturday

Published 7:25 am Thursday, October 15, 2009

National country music artists are coming to Austin this weekend for the Country Music Spectacular.

Daryle Singletary and opening act The Pistols play at Austin High School at 7 p.m. Saturday.

“It’s going to be a great show,” said Lt. John Mueller, chairman of the Country Music Spectacular and president of the Austin Police Officers Association.

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It’s the 12th annual country music show sponsored by the Austin Police Officers Association, and it’s been held the third weekend of October every year since 1998, as the organization’s chief fundraising event.

Singletary is a national recording artist from rural Georgia.

He earned his country notoriety with hits “I Let Her Lie,” and “Too Much Fun.”

Billboard Magazine has called Singletary “arguably the best country music singer of his generation.”

The Pistols is a duo group — Alissa Stanze from Indiana and Kerri-Ann Griffith from Colorado. They perform original songs, and are noted for their charm, edgy lyrics and vocal harmony.

Proceeds from the show help the APOA fund scholarships for students pursuing careers in law enforcement and criminal justice and a variety of other community youth and civic projects in the county, Mueller said.

“The APOA has awarded more than $20,000 of scholarship money in the past 10 years,” Mueller said.

They award two $1,000 scholarships each year to students entering the law enforcement program at Riverland Community College through the Joseph DePaul Scholarship.

The APOA also sponsors post-prom and graduation parties, youth athletic teams and daycare day at the Mower County Fair, among other things.

The APOA relies heavily on ticket sales from the County Music Spectacular and the support of local businesses to fund their community services. Member officers contribute weekly to the association too.

Tickets for the County Music Spectacular are $18 per person or $40 for a family (two parents and their children). They are available at the Law Enforcement Center until 5 p.m., Friday and at the door before the concert Sunday.