Gypsum Daze line-up packs a big punch |

Gypsum Daze line-up packs a big punch

Daily Staff Report

GYPSUM – There’s never a shortage of fun activities at the annual Gypsum Daze celebration. But it’s hard to deny the highlight of the weekend: country music. In recent years, event organizers have brought in hot acts out of Nashville, Tenn., like Clay Walker and Rascal Flats. This year, the three featured performers are Josh Turner, Emerson Drive and Sawyer Brown. The music starts at 6 p.m. Saturday July 16 at the new Lundgren Theater in Gypsum.Florence, S.C., born Josh Turner, will get the show started. Guys, keep an eye on your girls – Turner is a bit of a country music heartthrob. Fans are probably most familiar with his hit “Long Black Train,” which has been playing on country music stations nationwide. Turner is followed on the schedule by Emerson Drive. The country sensations are on a whirlwind tour of the United States and their native Canada this summer. The band, named Billboard’s No. 1 Top Country Artist of the Year for 2002, loves being on the road. They’ll be parking the tour bus right outside the Lundgren Theater on July 16.Sawyer Brown is the final piece to the musical puzzle at Gypsum Daze. This Apopka, Fla., band has been turning out the hits for 23 years. They pride themselves on hitting the road and treating their huge fan base to long, energetic performances.Some of their hits from over the years include “Heart Don’t Fall Now,” “This Thing Called Wanting (And Having It All),” “This Night Won’t Last Forever,” “Leona” and “Treat Her Right.” Sawyer Brown has been working hard in recent months to turn out their 16th album. The new single, “They Don’t Understand,” is playing on radio stations now.Bring a blanket, bring a chair and bring the family on July 16. The new Lundgren Theater will be blowing up with some of the best country in the country on Gypsum Daze.Tickets are $15 in advance, and $20 at the door. They can be purchased at Alpine Bank, Columbine Market, Copy Plus and the Gypsum Town Hall. Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by a paying adult.Vail Colorado

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