Lucinda Williams to perform in Stephens Lake Park in July

Monday, May 21, 2012 | 7:34 p.m. CDT; updated 8:19 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, May 22, 2012

COLUMBIA — Singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams will perform at Stephens Lake Park in a July concert organized by the same company that plans the annual Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival.

For several years, Thumper Entertainment has wanted to put on a summer concert in Stephens Lake Park. This is because of the park's natural beauty and recent renovations, event director Jessica Brown said.

"We’ve been working with the city of Columbia and the Parks and Recreation Department for the past six months or so leading up to this point," Brown said.

Williams has been in the music business for more than 30 years and won multiple Grammys for her hybridized American rock, folk, blues and country sound. Her "Jailhouse Tears" duet with Elvis Costello was rated the fifth-best country/rock duet of recent years by Paste magazine.

Williams' style matches the atmosphere that Thumper Entertainment envisions for the outdoor concert, Brown said.

"That was one artist we really keyed in on," said Richard King, Thumper Entertainment co-owner. "Her songwriting is, in my opinion, some of the best in the U.S. these days."

The decision to have her perform at Stephens Lake Park was unanimous among the Thumper Entertainment staff, King said.

Williams performed at The Blue Note several years ago, which allowed King, who also owns The Blue Note, to remain in contact with her and her manager.

This will be Williams' only stop in Missouri this year. Her presence might bring fans from the St. Louis and Kansas City areas, Brown said.

The organizers hope that this will be the first of many such concerts located in Stephens Lake Park.

"A vision looking into the future is that this is going to be an event that people really enjoy, and something where we can bring folks into Columbia," Brown said.

Williams will perform at the east end of the park, which contains a wide, flat, grassy area. The organizers chose to have the concert there rather than the amphitheater at the park because it has more room for people to spread out, Brown said.

The concert will include at least one, possibly two, opening bands. However, the opening acts have not been confirmed. 

The concert will take place from 6 to 11 p.m. July 24. Tickets go on sale on May 29 at noon and will be available at mid-Missouri Walgreens stores, The Blue Note box office and online. Student tickets are available at the MSA/GPC Box Office. General admission costs $28 and VIP tickets cost $48.

Parking is available in the Boone Medical Plaza or the city parking garage at Fifth and Walnut streets. A shuttle will run from the parking garage beginning at 5:30 p.m. and will run throughout the concert. 

Supervising editor is Ted Hart.

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