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A large crowd turned out to listen to old-time country music at last Thursday’s free concert. The Red Willow Arts Coalition organizes the series of summer performances on the lawn of the Douglas County Courthouse. Popcorn was in high demand by all ages. (Al Edenloff/Echo Press)1 / 3
The Honky-Tonk Stardust Cowboys performed at the Red Willow Arts Coalition free concert last week. The concerts continue each Thursday at 7 p.m. through August 28.2 / 3
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Music by Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and other country legends captivated a crowd of hundreds at the Douglas County Courthouse lawn last Thursday night.

The Honky-Tonk Stardust Cowboys worked their magic as part of the Red Willow Arts Coalition’s free concert series. The Echo Press sponsored the performance.

With their name taken from the 1971 Lefty Frizzell song, the four-member group “plays the country tunes of bygone days.”

The arts coalition is bringing in a variety of groups to perform every Thursday night at 7 p.m. at the courthouse lawn through the end of August.

The concerts are widely attended and include groups that play music from genres such as Christian, Big Band, comedy, doo wop, rock ‘n’ roll, country and more.

The series sponsors are Anderson Funeral Home and Elden’s Fresh Foods, and each group has an individual nightly sponsor.

The Red Willow Arts Coalition is a nonprofit organization with a mission to provide the community with access to more musical experiences.

These activities are funded in part by a grant from the Lake Region Arts Council with McKnight Foundation funding.