Ninth annual Friends in Great Place concert March 4

Danny Dozier plays guitar while Mary Parker, 11, plays the violin.

Local musicians will gather for the ninth annual Friends in Great Places Concert at 7 p.m. March 4 at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.

The concert will be held at Independence Hall and promises two hours of entertainment. Featured guests will include Danny Dozier, Pam Setser, Tim Crouch, Gary Rounds, Brad Apple, Kenny Loggains, Samuel Cobb and Irl Hess. Special guest this year will be Mary Parker and Chelsea Savage.

Setser, of Mountain View, will provide vocals, mountain dulcimer, spoons and guitar. Crouch, of Strawberry, will play the fiddle, guitar, mandolin and bass. Rounds will be featured on vocals and guitar; Dozier on guitar; Apple on vocals, guitar and mandolin; Loggains on percussion; Cobb on the mandolin; and Hess on vocals and bass.

Parker is an 11-year-old musician that has been fiddling, dancing and singing over half of her life. She holds five state fiddle championship titles and 2016 was her fourth straight season to perform at the Ozark Folk Center. She also plays the mandolin, guitar, banjo, upright bass and piano.

Savage began singing publicly at the age of 2 ½ in church. In addition to singing, she plays the piano and guitar. She has written, recorded and promoted two albums as an independent artist. Her latest album, “Rambler,” was engineered and produced by Crouch. Her first performance in Nashville was at The Bluebird Café and in recent years, she has performed at Antique Archeology, also known as The American Pickers Store.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or ahead of time at the Batesville Daily Guard, Centennial Bank, First Community Bank, UACCB and WRD Entertainment.

The Friends in Great Places concert is the main fundraiser for Kids’ College and partial scholarships are provided to students who qualify for the free and reduced lunch program. Kids’ College has proven to be a great asset to the community serving the youth in Independence and surrounding counties for more than 20 years.  The event is sponsored by UACCB, WRD Entertainment, Bad Boy Inc., Flowers Baking Company of Batesville, FutureFuel Chemical Company and Merchants and Planter Bank.