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Pure Country to perform free concert Thursday

Pure Country will perform for the Red Willow Arts Coalition's free concert on Thursday, August 30 on the Douglas County Courthouse lawn. (Contributed photo)

Pure Country will perform at the Red Willow Arts Coalition free concert on Thursday, August 30 at 7 p.m. on the lawn at the Douglas County Courthouse in Alexandria.

The group formed on December 31, 2004 for what was to be a one-night only engagement - a New Year's Eve party at a small tavern in Parkers Prairie.

The response was good, and other opportunities soon followed.

From the start the three-piece band intended to cover songs from the 1940s to the 70s - an era when country western music had "a lot of heart and soul."

Founding member Gary Gylsen sings lead vocals and plays rhythm guitar. He is joined by original lead guitarist Henry "Hank" Higgs, who also performs vocals. Dan Winter keeps the steady country tempo on the drums, provides backup vocals and sound production.

Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. In the event of inclement weather, listen to KXRA 1400 AM for cancellation information.

The series is sponsored by Anderson Funeral Home and Elden's Fresh Foods.

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