Dwight Yoakum to open Belleayre season

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Highmount — Country star Dwight Yoakam kicks off the Belleayre Music Festival season in hard-charging fashion on Saturday, July 6.

Since exploding onto the scene with “Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc.,” Dwight has deftly blurred the line between country, rock, pop and soul, winning new fans with each critically-acclaimed release.
Dwight has amassed 12 gold albums and nine platinum or multi-platinum albums, including the triple-platinum “This Time.” Five of those albums have topped Billboard’s Country Albums chart with another 14 landing in the Top 10. More than 30 singles have charted, with 22 going Top 20, including the incomparable hits “Honky Tonk Man,” “Please, Please Baby,” “Little Ways,” “I Sang Dixie,” “It Only Hurts When I Cry,” “Fast as You” and “Thousand Miles from Nowhere.” He’s won two Grammys and earned a staggering 21 nominations.

Broad appeal
Dwight traces the roots of his stardom to country music, but his insightful music generates broad appeal.

Well-known for his trademark pale cowboy hat with the brim pulled low, Dwight pens intricate, catchy melodies paired with poignant, brilliant lyrics that mesmerize with their indelible imprint.
His current release, “3 Pears,” finds Dwight exploring new ground and adding another chapter to his illustrious catalog.

But the music only tells part of the story. Over the last 15 years, Yoakam has carved out a niche as one of the top character actors on film.  Starting with a role as a truck driver in John Dahl’s spicy film noir “Red Rock West” in 1992, Dwight was an instantly mesmerizing presence on the big screen.
However, nothing prepared viewers for his riveting appearance as the malevolent Doyle Hargraves in the Academy Award-winning film “Sling Blade.” And he proved comedically adept in “Wedding Crashers.”

Upcoming shows
Up next on Saturday, July 13 will be the Manhattan Transfer. The music shifts to the ultimate in classic rock when the legendary Doobie Brothers
hit the stage with their hit-filled show on Saturday, July 20.
The Belleayre Festival Opera presents Bizet’s “Carmen” on Satuday, July 27. The Catskill Mountain Jazz Series will span five extraordinary performances. On Thursday, Aug. 1,  the series opens with the Sammy Figueroa Latin Dance Explosion in the Jazz Club. The phenonmenal Pedrito Martinez Havana Quartet will light up the Jazz Club on Friday, Aug. 2. The  Paquito D’Rivera and the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band performs on August 3. Keyboard wizard Bill Charlap will play the Jazz Club
with his trio on Friday, Aug. 9. Next up on Saturday, Aug. 10 is Kenny Barron’s All-Star Quintet.
It’s Broadway at Belleayre on Saturday, Aug. 17 when song-and-dance legend Ben Vereen takes the stage.
The festival presents Comedy in the Catskills II with Harrison Greenbaum performing
on Friday, Aug. 23. Veteran funny woman Rita Rudner headlines on Saturday, Aug. 24.
The season closes in theatrical rock style with The Music of Pink Floyd on Saturday, Aug. 31.
All shows begin at 8 p.m. Tickets for all shows are on sale via Ticketmaster. For additional information, please call 800 942-6904, ext. 1344, visit: belleayremusic.org or e-mail: belleayremusicfestival@gmail.com
Belleayre Music Festival concerts are held on the grounds of Belleayre Mountain in Highmount.