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Two bands to play at annual Fireman’s Ball

Rock and country will collide at June 7 event in Gothenburg

Judd Hoos, with special guests Dustin Evans and Good Times featuring Ned Ledoux, will perform this year for the 39th annual Fireman’s Ball in Gothenburg Saturday, June 7.

Organizers say it marks the first time the two popular Midwest bands have shared the stage in Nebraska and also the first time the Fireman’s Ball has brought in two bands.

“We wanted to do something bigger and make this year’s event something special,” said Wade Geiken from the Gothenburg Fire Department.

The annual event raises money for the fire department to buy equipment.

Dustin Evans & Good Times will start at 8 p.m. and Judd Hoos will take the stage at 10 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or by contacting any member of the Gothenburg Fire Department.

Judd Hoos has played the event the past five years.

“Gothenburg almost feels like home to us after all these years and I can honestly say a number of the fireman have become good friends with the band over the years,” says Judd Hoos drummer Shane Funk.

Beyond the addition of a second act to this year’s event, there are also big changes within the band Judd Hoos.

With the departure of guitarist Zach Fronce in January of this year, Judd Hoos became a six-piece group adding vocalist/guitarist Tyler Bills and multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Devin Bills. The Bills brothers were formally members of the popular Denver-based rock band Joe Fornothing, who like Judd Hoos, were managed by HomeSlice Concerts.

The Bills brothers impact on the band was both immediate and dramatic.

Judd Hoos, already known for the soaring vocals of front man Bob Zwart, now has become a true vocal powerhouse capable of more variety, promoters say.

There is a fuller sound instrumentally incorporating mandolin, trumpet, trombone and keys.

Promoters and event organizers across the Midwest have been responsive to the change and Judd Hoos is starting to top the list of “must have bands.”

Promoters say that Judd Hoos has been thriving in the past year, capturing an impressive fan base across South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Wyoming, Kansas and Montana.

The Judd Hoos live show is a full on-rock concert, complete with a massive sound system, an incredible light show and a talented technical crew to bring the full impact of the concert experience to the audience, promoters say.

Dustin Evans & Good Times might be the new addition to this year’s event but the band is definitely no stranger to success.

Arguably one of the most popular bands to ever come out of South Dakota, Dustin Evans & Good Times tour the upper Midwest performing shows at fairs, rodeos, festivals and street dances, promoters say.

The group’s talent and likeability has spawned great friendships with some of the biggest names in country music which makes them very popular as an opening act.

At a Dustin Evans & Good Times show, the audience can expect a wide range of cover songs to go with the original hits. The band is incredibly diverse, from George Straight to Journey, promoters say.

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