Concert Set at Rector Community Center
The Rector Community Center is continuing its popular series of concerts, welcoming Gary Prince and Sugar Creek. The concert is slated to begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 26 at the Rector Community Center.
The group consists of lead vocalist Gary Prince, Kevin Edgar on keyboard, Mike Rudi on bass guitar and vocals, Jim Howard on drums and vocals, steel guitarist Randy Aden and Gary Cremeens on lead guitar and vocals.
The band originated in 1983, performing together for five years in their first run. At the time, the men, all of whom reside in Paragould, took a break to spend time with their families and focus on raising their children.
The group, which performs legendary country favorites and current Top 40 hits, reunited in 2003. They have since appeared at numerous benefit shows, local fairs and other engagements.
Gary Prince and Sugar Creek has performed with popular entertainers including The Oak Ridge Boys, Earl Thomas Conley, Barbara Fairchild, Jack Green, Johnny Lee, Ace Cannon, John Anderson and the incomparable Narvel Felts.
Community center director Linda Robinson says organizers of the concert series are pleased to welcome Gary Prince and Sugar Creek back to Rector. The band was among the talented performers taking the stage during last year's Labor Day Picnic.
"This is a very talented band that's been heard at many other venues around the area," Robinson said. "It's going to be a good time with a very talented group taking the stage. We anticipate a good crowd for this concert."
Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. for the 7 p.m. show. Admission is $10.
The concert is part of an ongoing effort to raise funds for the Rector Community Center. The center is raising funds as part of a matching grant received for updates to its lighting. The Rector Community Center has received $5,635 in contributions toward its goal of $10,000. Proceeds received from the concert will go toward the fund, as will any further contributions made locally. Any persons or group who would like to contribute to the community center may do so by contacting Robinson at (870) 595-3035 or any other member of the Community Center Committee.
The current efforts are already showing progress, as crews are installing LED lights in the center's auditorium. Six new lights have been installed overhead, in addition to six sconce lights to be installed in the coming weeks. The new lights are dim-able, adding to the lighting options available for the many events hosted at the center. The new lighting is also much more energy efficient, which will help the center lower future operating costs.