Little Big Town headlines carnival

November 30, 1999|By KRISTIN WILSON

It's been a big year for a little country group of singers from the boondocks.

The four-member group, Little Big Town, made it big time this year with the release of their second album, "The Road To Here." The group's first big hit, "Boondocks," secured the band a place among country music's top 10 lists.

"The Road To Here" also caught the attention of the Academy of Country Music. Little Big Town performed "Boondocks" on the nationally televised Academy of Country Music award show Tuesday night and was nominated for Top New Vocal Group and Top Duo or Vocal Group of the year.

"We still can't believe it," says Little Big Town's soprano Kimberly Roads, 36, of the nominations. "I've heard all my life people say, 'It's just nice to be nominated.' It's so true! We are so grateful just to be nominated."


The band is now hitting the road for a nationwide summer tour with one of its first stops at The Great Boonsboro Rescue Co. Carnival.

Little Big Town will perform on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29. Concertgoers can expect a high-energy show featuring four-part vocal harmony and acoustic accompaniment.

"We have a lot of energy," Roads says. "But it's not like electric-instrument energy. We have a ball on stage."

Little Big Town's attention-grabbing album debuted in October, but their music has been years in the making.

"This record is an absolute story of our journey over the past few years," Roads says. "It has been quite a struggle both professionally and personally. We used songwriting as therapy."

Little Big Town made its public debut in 1999 at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. The unconventional country group of two men and two women rode the unpredictable wave of the music industry for seven years. They were picked up and dropped by different record labels, released a CD that flopped and experienced road trips that at times cost more to produce than they made. Still, they believed in their group concept and in the quality of their music.

While Little Big Town is definitely a country group, their exact style is a little hard to name. There is no lead singer in the group - all four members take turns as the feature vocalist. The group's sound is based on tight, four-part harmonies that reflect rootsy music with a "tinge of bluegrass," Roads says. "We're hopeful that the harmony is the recognizable part of the band," she adds.

Considering their rapid rise, the group isn't sure what comes next, Roads admits.

"We are just basking in the moment," she says. "We've been a band for seven years. We have really, really been working hard. It was just a year ago that we were driving ourselves around the country playing for gas money."

Carnival rides

The Great Boonsboro Rescue Co. Carnival runs from Friday, May 26, through Saturday, June 3, and will feature live entertainment every night, plenty of carnival food and almost two dozen rides. There will be a fireworks display Friday, June 2, at about 10 p.m.

The annual event is the Boonsboro Ambulance & Rescue Service's biggest fundraiser. The organization uses the money it raises to help maintain its vehicles and upgrade equipment, says Dwayne Flook, member of the carnival committee.

Ride rates and specials

Coupons for reduced-price admission from ride operator Reithoffer Midway will be available free at area merchants; the tickets can be used on specific nights throughout the week. Also, Weis Markets in Boonsboro and Hagerstown will offer discounted tickets good any night of the week for $13; available through Monday, May 29.

Friday, May 26 - Opening night ride special. Unlimited rides from 5 to 11 p.m.; $18.95, or $14.95 with Reithoffer coupons available at area merchants.

Saturday, May 27 - Unlimited rides from the end of the Sharpsburg Memorial Parade until 7 p.m.; $12, or $10 with coupons available along the parade route.

Sunday, May 28 - Unlimited rides from the end of Boonsboro's Memorial Parade until 7 p.m.; $12, or $10 with coupons available along the parade route.

Monday, May 29 - Unlimited rides with armband; $18.95, or $14.95 with Reithoffer coupons available at area merchants.

Tuesday, May 30 - Unlimited rides from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; $18.95, or $14.95 with Reithoffer coupons available at area merchants.

Wednesday, May 31 - Family night, includes bicycle give-aways.

Thursday, June 1 - Unlimited rides from 5 to 11 p.m.; $18.95, or $14.95 with Reithoffer coupons available at area merchants.

Friday, June 2, and Saturday, June 3 - Pay per ride.

Schedule of entertainment

The following performances begin at 7:30 p.m., weather permitting:

May 26 - Redline (variety of musical styles - Motown, Top 40, classic and modern rock, country and blues)

May 27 - Aces Up (urban country, pop and contemporary country, music from the 1960s)

May 28 - Borderline (fusion rock and country)

May 29 - Little Big Town (country, tinge of roots, bluegrass)

May 30 - Country Plus Band (country and rock)

May 31 - Possum Holler (original country music)

June 1 - The Brandy Stills Band (country rock)

June 2 - Bob Plunkert and Real Country (traditional country)

June 3 -Poverty Neck Hillbillies (country)

If you go...

WHAT: The Great Boonsboro Rescue Co. Carnival

WHEN: Friday, May 26, through Saturday, June 3; 5 p.m. to midnight most nights; 3 p.m. to midnight May 27, May 28 and May 29.

WHERE: Shafer Memorial Park, BoonsboroCOST: Free; cost for food, rides and games

DIRECTIONS: Take Alternate U.S. 40 south to Boonsboro. The park is on the right off of Main Street, before Md. 34.

MORE: For more information, call the Boonsboro Ambulance & Rescue Service at 301-432-6979.

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