FREE music at the Ozark Empire Fair: Palen Music Center’s local stage


Sure, there’s a band performing every night at the Grandstand Stage during the Ozark Empire Fair, but you didn’t think the rest of the day would be all Ferris wheels and funnel cakes, did you? The Fair crowd is an audience too large not to spotlight local music in front of, and it turns out Palen Music Center is answering the call with a FREE concert stage near the main entrance throughout the Fair’s 10 days. Wanna know who you’ll get to rock out to between sessions of knocking rubber duckies over with a water gun? Read the full schedule after the break.

Friday, July 31:

2 to 7 p.m.: Dennis Lee

9 to 11 p.m.: Storyline


Saturday, August 1:

2, 4 and 7 p.m.: Dennis Lee

9 to 11 p.m.: Shadows Move


Sunday, August 2:

2 and 4 p.m.: Dennis Lee

5:30 p.m.: Sweet Adelines

7 p.m.: Dennis Lee


Monday, August 3:

7 p.m.: Dennis Lee

9 p.m.: Josh Adams


Tuesday, August 4:

7 p.m.: Dennis Lee

9 p.m.: Rick Shortt


Wednesday, August 5:

4 p.m.: Stormin’ Monkey

7 p.m: Dennis Lee

9 p.m.: New Works Praise Project


Thursday, August 6:

5 p.m.: Josh Adams

7 p.m.: Dennis Lee

9 p.m.: Studio 54


Friday, August 7:

5 p.m.: The Hillbenders

7 p.m.: Dennis Lee

9 p.m.: Cas Haley


Saturday, August 8:

2 p.m.: Work In Progress

5 p.m.: Elvis & The Superstars

7 p.m.: Dennis Lee

9 p.m.: Rick Shortt

(NOTE: We have omitted a handful of non-music performers here, but you can click here to see the full schedule with them included.)

So it looks like Dennis Lee is in for a busy week, eh? The highlight of the week is arguably Haley, a native of Texas but regular to performing in Springfield and who made it to the finals of America’s Got Talent in its second season.

Interesting side note: If you can’t make it to see a show in person, or just want to monopolize your free time on The Internets, Palen is hosting a webcast of all the shows on its website. Click here to go to it and start watching now!

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