The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Lifestyles

August 30, 2013

The Band Perry to play Downstream

JOPLIN, Mo. — The critically acclaimed sibling trio known collectively as The Band Perry will bring its unique blend of pop-country to Downstream Casino Sunday as the band makes its latest stop on its "We Are Pioneers" world tour.

Lead singer and guitarist Kimberly Perry and her younger brothers Reid Perry (bass guitar) and Neil Perry (drums and mandolin) have been on the road behind their second album, "Pioneer," which was released in April.

While earlier dates were as a supporting act for Rascal Flatts, the band will serve as a headlining act through next year as it crosses the country and travels overseas for a handful of European dates. Sunday's stop in Oklahoma will mark the band's first appearance at the casino's outdoor arena, which has also featured Willie Nelson and Peter Frampton this summer.

The band rose to stardom in 2010 behind its hit single "If I Die Young," which propelled its debut self-titled album to No. 4 on the U.S. Billboard  charts. Its follow-up album peaked at No. 2 during the first week of release behind the album's first single, "Better Dig Two."

In a statement issued by the band's press agency last week, Kimberly Perry said that the follow-up album was focused on the band's musicianship in the wake of stardom.

"It's truly about the last three years of our lives and trusting that the songs we wrote would lead us where we were supposed to go," she said. "We also had to let go of fear and trust the boldness that has always informed our creative decisions."

Want to go?

The show will kick off at 8 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are still available at downstreamcasino.ticketsunplugged.com starting at $40 for lawn and $60 for reserved seating. Tickets may also be purchased at the casino's box office. Details: 918-919-6000.

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