TTU's Honky-Tonk concert on Nov. 5 benefits athletic building projects

The opportunity to have a good time for a good cause doesn’t come along often, but that’s just the chance that will be offered by the Honky-Tonk Tailgate Party concert at Tennessee Tech University’s Hooper Eblen Center at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 5.

The concert — featuring chart-topping country music performers Daryle Singletary, Chad Brock, Jeff Carson and Rhett Akins — benefits building projects for the university’s athletics program.

And tickets are still available for the event, which is sponsored in part by 94.7 The Country Giant and IWC Cash and Carry. Tickets are available at the athletics ticket office in the Hooper Eblen Center, online from TTUsports.com or by calling the TTU ticket office at 931/372-3941 or 800/825-3948.

“We realized with last year’s Vince Gill concert to benefit the School of Nursing that this could be a wonderful way to raise money for a good cause while also providing the Cookeville community with a unique entertainment opportunity,” said TTU Athletics Director Mark Wilson.

“With a line-up of four talented, chart-topping country music stars sharing the stage for this show, the Honky-Tonk Tailgate Party promises to give the audience its money’s worth,” he continued.

Ticket prices range from $25 on the floor, to $15 in the “bowl” reserved seating, and $10 in the top-level seating. TTU students will have the opportunity to buy one top-level ticket each for $5.

Although TTU athletics is in the process of drafting a long-term strategic plan for its facilities needs, Wilson said two immediate needs have already been identified — a 10,000-square-foot strengthening and conditioning center and a renovation of the Hooper Eblen Center that would create a 4,200-square-foot men’s and women’s basketball coaches office suite.

“These are both projects that could benefit greatly by the concert proceeds. They would both significantly enhance the student athlete experience at Tennessee Tech while also enriching our recruiting efforts and spectator experiences,” Wilson said.

Because both projects are in preliminary stages and funding is being secured, no possible completion dates have been estimated for either.

Once constructed, however, a new strengthening and conditioning center would serve as an up-to-date, all-purpose weight room for the university’s 16 varsity sports, and the basketball suite would provide a state-of-the-art complex for both men’s and women’s basketball programs to operate, and an architectural highlight will be glass-walled meeting rooms and offices overlooking the Hooper Eblen Center’s court.

“The success of the men’s and women’s basketball programs is critical to Tennessee Tech, and this new facility will assist our coaches and student-athletes in the continued quest for OVC championships and NCAA tournament appearances,” Wilson said.

“The strengthening and conditioning center will have a similar impact on every student-athlete that wears the purple and gold. Additionally, this capital project will assist our coaches in recruiting the very best and brightest student-athletes to Tennessee Tech,” he continued.

The Honky-Tonk Tailgate Party concert benefiting TTU athletics highlights a weekend of Wild West-themed events for TTU Homecoming 2005.

The format of the show will include four separate performances, culminating with all four artists meeting on stage to sing country and rock outlaw favorites.

Daryle Singletary’s gravelly, baritone voice — featured in hit singles like “I Let Her Lie” and “Too Much Fun” — has earned him acclaim on the country music landscape, and his CD That’s Why I Sing This Way? features such artists as Merle Haggard, George Jones and Dwight Yoakum.

Chad Brock’s namesake album produced the number one single “Ordinary Life” and earned him a spot touring with Alan Jackson, while his follow-up album featured another chart-topping hit entitled “Yes!”

Jeff Carson hit the charts with his number-one single “Not On Your Love” and the smash ballad “The Car,” which won the ACM Video of the Year award. His 2001 hit “Real Life” also soared on the chart.

Rhett Akins has had several hits, including his first number-one single, “That Ain’t My Truck.” That success was duplicated with the hit “She Said Yes” and second first-place single, “Don’t Get Me Started.”

For more information, visit TTUsports.com or call 931/372-3941 or 800/825-3948.

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