• Daily Leader staff report
Two years ago, Jerrod Niemann took the stage at the Christmas Parade and dazzled the crowd with a three-song concert with just himself and a guitarist.
The crowd didn’t know it, but they were getting a sneak peek at one of today’s top performing country music stars.
In January, Niemann will return to Liberal in a Coming Home event that will benefit the Liberal High School Booster Club.
Since that cool night on Kansas Avenue two years ago, Niemann has continued to follow his passion, and it has taken him on a journey to the top spot in country music.
Niemann has worked with some of country music’s biggest names, and his work has paid off when his hit single “Lover, Lover” climbed all the way to No. 1.
His debut album also shot to the top of the charts.
Joe Denoyer, one of the volunteers who has helped organize the concert for the Booster Club, said the night should be special when the community welcomes back one of its own that has made it big.
“I’m excited for this year’s concert,” Denoyer said. “It will be a great night for the Booster Club and all those in attendance both nights.”
Denoyer was referring to the Country Music Showdown that will take place Jan. 14, the night before Niemann’s concert. The top three performers at that event will return tot he stage Jan. 15 to open for the Niemann concert.
The Country Showdown weekend is entering its third year. Last year, Bucky Covington was the marquis act.
The money raised by the event will help fund the Booster Club which provides support to Liberal High School athletics.
Tickets are $10 and will go on sale Dec. 4 for students from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Legend radio station located at the corner of 15th and Western. From 10 a.m. to noon, tickets will be available to the general public.
That same night at the Christmas Parade, tickets will be available to the general public immediately after the parade and before the give-away of the Mustang.