Celebrate Pioneer Day with some country music


If you have ever country line-danced, there is a good chance you’ve heard the country band Sawyer Brown.

Sawyer Brown is making its way to Utah County next week on Monday at the SCERA Shell Outdoor Theater in Orem. The band is known for its entertaining concerts.

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Sawyer Brown will be performing at the SCERA Shell on Monday.
“We always try to do country around the pioneer holiday,” said April Berlin, spokeswoman for SCERA. “I’ve seen them personally, and they’re killer entertainers. Their lead singer is just a blast.”

The source of the band’s exuberant stage presence might surprise some.

“People look at me offstage, and think it’s an act,” front-man Mark Miller said in a news release. “But that’s how me and my brother were raised. Be good, do right, but when you get to church, you let it go. People talk about my dancing … well, where we went to church, that’s what people did when the music was pumping. And lemme tell you: that music got going.”

Sawyer Brown is the name of a road in Tennessee. The band members picked the name because they thought more people would come listen to them if they thought they were a solo act. They say it has worked.

The group was mainly a regional band until they won on the popular television talent show, “Star Search.” Since becoming a band in 1981, the group has released 20 studio albums, and more than 50 of its songs have appeared on the Billboard hot country songs charts.

“We love doing country concerts,” Berlin said. “They’re always popular. Sawyer Brown has been requested for us to get for a long time.”

General admission tickets are available at $15 for adults and $12 for children (age 3-11), seniors (age 65-plus) and students with ID. Patrons can bring a blanket or rent a first-come, first-served chair for $1. Berlin said this is one of the more popular concerts SCERA has had.

“There are a lot of country fans in Utah,” said Brittany Warnock, 25, a graduate student at BYU.  “I think it’s cool that we can go listen to a country music staple, like the Sawyer Brown band.”

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