Scotty McCreery will headline Gypsum Daze 2019
Popular Gypsum summer celebration returns July 19-20
GYPSUM — Timing is everything and this year, it’s on Gypsum’s side.
The headliner for the annual Gypsum Daze concert is Scotty McCreery, a country singer who is having a big year.
Since winning “American Idol” back in 2011, McCreery has released four albums. His latest effort, “Season’s Change,” was released in 2018 and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart. It has spawned no. 1 hits “Five More Minutes” and “This is It,” the latter holding the No. 1 spot for two consecutive weeks. His latest single is titled “In Between” and it was recently released to country radio stations nationwide.
According to his website, McCreery says “In Between” is about balance.
“Everyone’s not all one thing or all the other. We all have many facets to our lives. It’s about knowing who you are and finding the balance that’s right for you,” he said.
But having some hit singles and a successful album is only one of the highlights the past year has brought for McCreery. As his website notes, McCreery married his longtime love Gabi in June 2018. Their engagement and wedding ultimately inspiring his latest No. 1 hit “This Is It” and footage from their wedding day was showcased in the song’s music video. That video has been viewed more than 40 million times and landed in the No. 1 spot on “CMT’s Hot 20 Countdown.”
How did Gypsum get so lucky to nab McCreery at such a pivotal period? Luck is the operative word. Gypsum Town Manager Jeremy Rietmann said the town has a budget for talent and with that parameter in mind, looks at touring options. McCreery was the most popular option among Gypsum staff members.
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The opening act for this summer’s concert is a bit of a departure for Gypsum Daze. Brooklyn-based Lone Bellow, a folk/country trio, has been tapped for Gypsum Daze.
Rietmann saw the group as the opener for a Neil Young concert and thought they would be a great fit for Gypsum Daze.
“The thing is, Gypsum Daze is a country music concert,” Rietmann said. “But we have had some discussion that as our community has changed over time, we may bring in some different musical styles.”
Gypsum has contracted with special event management and promotion agency Hype House from Glenwood Springs to present Gypsum Daze this year. The event will feature the stable of activities that has made the festival such a popular local celebration including food and vendor booths, the kids fishing derby, youth talent show, shooting sports day hosted by the Gypsum Rod and Gun Club and the Saturday morning parade down Valley Road.
Tickets for the Saturday, July 20, Gypsum Daze concert go on sale Wednesday, May 1. Early bird tickets are $20 but at the door, the price will be $30. Kids ages 12 and younger are admitted free.
A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $100 each. A VIP ticket includes dinner, two drink tickets and early entry to concert grounds. VIP ticket sales close June 30.
To learn more, visit https://townofgypsum.com/events/saturday-concert
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