Library announces the acts for this year\’s annual library concert fundraiser

The Tyrone-Snyder Public Library is busily preparing for this year’s annual fundraising event to be held on Saturday evening, April 21 at the Tyrone Area High School auditorium.
This is the sixth annual concert the library has brought to Tyrone in order to help pay the mortgage on the new library in downtown Tyrone. To date these concerts have brought in a total of over $46,000 to help the library pay off the mortgage.
“Without the concerts, the library would be in a dire financial situation,” said Chuck Banas, concert chairman. “This by far is the largest fundraiser that the library has during the course of the year.”
Last Friday evening, Walt Maddox and the hit group from the early 60s, The Marcels, spent the evening in Banas’ home looking over the fine details for this year’s concert.
“Walt Maddox has been absolutely tremendous to work with over the past six years. He is such a great individual and is so connected throughout the entertainment industry,” said Banas.
This year looks as though the library will be able to keep with the great tradition that it has established in bringing a fantastic evening of entertainment to all those who attend the concert.
“We have a great show for everyone and it is a good variety this year. We have instrumental, country, pop, comedy and have of course, a big name rock-and-roll group to bring the show home,” Banas added.
This year, to open the program, will be the Jive Bombers. A local group, which has performed for several years, the Jive Bombers, as well as all of the other acts, will be featured each week in The Daily Herald so everyone can become more familiar with them.
Next on the show will be Sarah Wilson. Sarah is a 19-year-old singer who specializes in country. She has performed in Nashville and has two CDs out currently.
Following Sarah will be a big hit that has appeared previously in Tyrone, Vanessa Campagna. Vanessa, as you may recall, was the runner-up on the CBS television show Star Search when she was only 10-years-old. She was ten when she appeared on the stage in Tyrone. Now she is 14-years-old and has a tremendous show.
She also has CDs and has sung in Nashville and has been played on radio stations and television appearances. She has grown up since her first appearance.
Another return act will be stand up comedian Barry St. Ives.
“Barry was with us several years ago and really, I have had many, many people say they would come to a show just to hear him,” said Banas. “Barry has a brand new show for us this year. He is a stand up comic and singer who has been performing in Las Vegas for many years.”
During his last stop in Tyrone, Barry had the audience rolling with laughter.
Bringing this year’s concert home will be another outstanding group. Appearing for the first time in this area, from Los Angeles, California will be none other than The Coasters.
“The Coasters will bring all of their hits from the 60s plus many others. In addition, they will also bring that high energy level type of performance that the people from our area really like,” said a very pleased Banas.
Tickets for the public will begin to go on sale this Thursday, March 1 at ticket locations in downtown Tyrone. These ticket locations are Bressler’s Food Mart and Sports, Kopp Drug and the Tyrone-Snyder Township Public Library. Tickets are also available by mail and can be purchased by calling the library at this special telephone number 682-1017. All tickets are $30 per ticket and all seating is reserved. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. the evening of the concert and the show will start promptly at 7 p.m.
“Currently, our corporate sponsor ticket and ad drive is underway and it is going better than ever. Many of the corporate sponsors have actually contacted us this year to purchase their block of tickets and get their ad package,” said Banas.
“The other night during the library board meeting, Judie Adams told me that she received a telephone call from a family in Harrisburg that wishes to buy tickets for the show. We already have people calling from Pittsburgh and Clearfield County. I think will be in for another great event in our community,” concluded Banas.
Next week, The Daily Herald will feature the opening act for this year’s concert, The Jive Bombers.