County music star Collin Raye will be celebrating a homecoming of sorts when he takes the stage at Hot August Nights, set for Saturday, Aug. 17.
Raye was raised in DeQueen, Ark., just north of the Texas state line.
"I am always thrilled to return to Texas,” Raye said. “The people in Sulphur Springs are so warm and welcoming and fun to be around. I am humbled by their reception every single time I perform.
Raye will close out the day’s activities, which include a barbecue cookoff, kids’ zone and food vendors, hosted on the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center grounds. Raye will perform in the air conditioned Civic Center arena.
“Love Me” was Raye’s first No. 1 hit. The single is from his 1991 album “All I Can Be,” the first of four records to be certified platinum (1 million copies sold). Other hits include 1992’s “In This Life,” “My Kind of Girl,” released in 1995, and “I Can Still Feel You” from 1998.
Up-and-coming musician Jason Cassidy, who hails from New Caney, will open the show. His hit, “Blame It On Waylon,” debuted at No. 11 on iTunes last month.
For the first time since its debut seven years ago, Hot August Nights concert-goers will be able to purchase beer during the concert.
One hundred percent of the proceeds from the event is donated to volunteer fire departments in Hopkins County.
“I am especially grateful to be invited to participate and perform at this very special event where we raise money for and honor those who do so much for the community,” Raye noted.
So far, almost 30 teams have signed up to participate in the barbecue cookoff, with more anticipated.
The grounds open at 1 p.m. Food service begins at 5 p.m., with music beginning at 6 p.m. Raye is set to perform at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $15 for general admission and $25 for VIP seating on the floor. Included in the ticket price is all-you-can-eat barbecue, all the trimmings and admission to the concert.
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