Booth signs John Anderson for Symposium concert
by Matt Shinall
Jun 28, 2013 | 2277 views | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With six Billboard No. 1 hits and a Grammy to boot, country music star John Anderson is expected to draw a crowd when he graces the stage of Cartersville’s Grand Theatre in October as featured entertained for the Booth Western Art Museum’s 11th Annual Southeastern Cowboy Festival & Symposium.

Known for such songs as “Swingin’,” “Straight Tequila Night” and “Seminole Wind,” Anderson will perform on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. in an intimate, acoustic concert presented by South 107.

“People may not initially recognize the name John Anderson, but as soon as you mention ‘Swingin’,’ ‘Straight Tequila Night’ or ‘Seminole Wind,’ people immediately realize the connection,” said Booth Museum Marketing Director Tom Shinall. “This year marks the 30th anniversary of Anderson’s breakthrough hit ‘Swingin’,’ and we are currently the final show of his 2013 Swingin’ Anniversary Tour. We believe that John Anderson will attract a large market, one that we hope becomes friends and members of the museum.”

With a career spanning 35 years, including 22 studio albums and 50 singles on the country charts, Shinall expects Anderson to quickly sell out the 500-seat Grand Theatre. Museum members will have the first shot at tickets beginning Monday. Pre-sale tickets begin July 1 for Booth Museum Members for $25. General public tickets will be available Aug. 1 for $30.

“John Anderson has been entertaining audiences with his unique brand of country music for over 35 years,” Booth Museum Executive Director Seth Hopkins in a press release. “We are pleased to welcome him as part of our event as he celebrates the 30th anniversary of his smash hit ‘Swingin’.’ We are also looking forward to enjoying serious songs that relate to the Booth Museum like ‘Seminole Wind.’”

The mainstream success of Anderson in popular country music during the ’80s and ’90s is new territory for the Booth Museum’s fall offering, which has traditionally hosted western artists as featured entertainers.

“Over the past 10 years, the museum has stayed true to the Western genre when it came to the concert,” Shinall said. “After Doc Stovall’s passing, we decided that now would be a good opportunity to bring in a country-Western artist. Staying true to our core, while attracting a new market, we sought after an artist with not only mainstream success, but a connection to the West through their music. After researching artists, John Anderson became a viable option and we moved forward toward securing him as featured entertainer for the 11th Annual Southeastern Cowboy Festival & Symposium.”

In addition to the Saturday night concert, the 11th Annual Southeastern Cowboy Festival & Symposium will feature gunfight re-enactments, Native American dances, a golf tournament, a reception and lecture by featured artist Theodore Waddell and cowboy church.

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To purchase concert tickets, call 770-387-1300 or stop by the museum at 501 Museum Drive in downtown Cartersville.