Kentucky town honors Prine, The Everly Brothers
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Kentucky town honors Prine, The Everly Brothers

Thursday, May 16, 2024 – John Prine will be posthumously honored at Central City, Ky.'s Festival Square Benefit Concert on June 14 with performances from The John Prine Band (with Jason Wilber and Dave Jacques), Billy Prine and Kelsey Waldon.

The event celebrates the lives and careers of Prine and The Everly Brothers, who helped establish and headlined the Everly Brothers Homecoming/Central City Music Festival from 1988 to 2002. In honor of their contributions, bronze life-size statues of Prine and The Everly Brothers will be built in Central City's Festival Square, which will be unveiled June 14.

Tickets for the concert, which will take place at Central City's Lu-Ray Park Amphitheater, go on-sale tomorrow, at 10 a.m. eastern.

Fiona Whelan Prine, John's wife, said, "John was very proud of his Kentucky roots. He had great admiration for his friends Phil and Don Everly, who are memorialized alongside him in Central City."

Dr. Freddie Mayes, Director of Tourism for Central City, said, "What an amazing way to open Festival Square and celebrate Don, Phil, and John. This will be an extraordinary night. To have The John Prine Band, with Jason and Dave as the house band, performing many of John's most well-known songs and some Everly Bothers tunes. On top of that, to have performances by Billy Prine and Kelsey Waldon in the intimate setting of Lu-Ray Park, where John brought the house down back in 2019 for 'A Night in Paradise.' I can't wait."

In further celebration of Prine's life and career, The Prine Family will present the third annual "You Got Gold: Celebrating the Songs of John Prine" this October in Nashville, with shows at the Ryman Auditorium (Oct. 9), The Basement East (Oct. 10, Prine's birthday) and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's CMA Theater (Oct. 11). .

The three nights of shows will be followed by John Prine Community Day on Oct. 12, which will feature a variety of community-focused activities. This year's celebration will once again benefit The Hello in There Foundation and feature performances by artists honoring Prines. No performers have been disclosed.

Last year's "You Got Gold" tribute raised over $200,000 for the Hello in There Foundation.

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