Fans of 80s rock have had this week’s “Now That’s Entertainment” concert in Salina’s Oakdale Park circled since it was announced. Jack Russell’s Great White will take the Eric Stein Stage Thursday night.
Back in the 1980s and early 1990s Jack Russell was one of the driving forces behind Great White’s multi-platinum success. He is back on tour, and along with Tony Montana who also played in the original band, is again performing in front of big crowds.
Salinans Tim Dixson and Renee Hardesty are the driving forces behind the show, and the entire Now That’s Entertainment concert series. Last year the duo revived the City of Salina’s “That’s Entertainment” concert series when officials went a different direction and discontinued it. The series featured five weeks of free, live concerts on the Eric Stein stage in Oakdale Park. The re-energized and renamed “Now That’s Entertainment” series of concerts continued. It was one of the most successful seasons ever, capped off by a season ending concert that featured rocker Lita Ford.
Dixson tells KSAL News that Thursday night will be the biggest show of the 2017 “Now That’s Entertainment” season. On the heels of last year’s big Lita Ford show, organizers know what to expect, and what to prepare for.
Dixson says that though the concerts are free to the public, they are not free for him. At each show they accept donations. He is promoting a suggested donation of $5 dollars for Thursday night’s show. He adds that though a $5 donation is suggested, it is not required.
Gates open at 5:00 Thursday evening. Popular local band Paramount will take the stage at 7:00, followed by Jack Russell’s Great White at 8:00.