VAN WERT — Van Wert has landed one of the premier spots in the 14-city Phil Vassar and Lonestar Holiday and Hits tour.
The tour began Dec. 4 in Washington and will end Dec. 22 in Pennsylvania, just one day after its stop at Niswonger Performing Arts Center. This is the second year Vassar and Lonestar have teamed up for the holiday tour.
Michael Britt, lead guitarist and backing vocals for Lonestar, said the show’s format is unique to what they’re usually doing on stage.
“It’s a lot of fun for us because it’s different than a normal show routine. It gives the crowd something new and interesting,” Britt explained. “It’s kind of a neat show because there’s lots of variety. We start by playing together doing a medley of Christmas songs then we take turns playing our hits.”
They even join forces on stage with the single “Not So Silent Night,” which Vassar and Lonestar released together last year with their first holiday tour. Proceeds of the tour will go to The Salvation Army.
When playing their hits like “Amazed,” “No News” and “Mr. Mom,” Britt and his bandmates, Richie McDonald, Keech Rainwater and Dean Sams, said they are always excited to see what new fans they have made over time.
“We’re seeing new generations of fans coming up that love our old material,” Britt said. “We’ve got a lot in the crowd now who listened to our music as kids, which is kind of nice because we have this huge history of hits people know and love. It’s not something we could have expected, but we’ve noticed it’s been happening — people we know who weren’t around when we were putting out ‘Mr. Mom’ singing every word because they’ve heard it somewhere.”
Niswonger will be offering a buy one, get one free promotion up until the performance.
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