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Country artist Ira Dean returns to Wabash

Posted: Monday, March 19, 2012

Country music artist Ira Dean will present a special concert and video premiere on the Eagles Theatre stage Tuesday, March 27 at 7 p.m.  The event will feature live musical performances by Dean, Keith Anderson, James Otto, Chad Warrix, and Brooke Burrows as well as a screening of Dean’s video “Somethin’ Bout a Sunday,” filmed in Wabash. Sponsored by Economic Development Group of Wabash County, Inc., the event will also include special guest Storme Warren filming a segment for Great American Country TV.

Former bassist for Trick Pony and now a solo artist, Dean became familiar with Wabash while making annual visits with friend and fellow Nashville songwriter Aaron Barker as part of the Honeywell Center’s Educational Outreach Program.  The duo presented classroom residencies that included performing country hits and sharing insight into the music industry.  During his visit in late 2010, Dean was treated to a tour of the Eagles Theatre and immediately saw the potential for filming a music video in the historic building and other locations in Wabash.

Dean worked closely with Honeywell Foundation Executive Director Tod Minnich to coordinate the video shoot.  He returned with a film and editing crew in Spring 2011 and filmed scenes in the Eagles Theatre, Honeywell Center Ford Theater, Charley Creek Inn, and Wabash Christian Church.  A few additional scenes were shot in Nashville, Tennessee.

After the video’s release in early 2012, Dean and Minnich worked together to plan the March 27 big-screen video premiere and concert at the Eagles Theatre.  During the planning stages, producers of Great American Country TV approached Dean about documenting the Wabash video shoot.  Host Storme Warren and crew will join Dean during his visit and film various clips for a segement on Great American Country TV.

Tickets for the concert and video premiere are $20 for general admission seating and can be purchased at the Honeywell Center box office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, by calling (260) 563-1102 or by visiting www.honeywellcenter.org.  If tickets remain the night of the performance, they will be available for purchase at the Eagles Theater door.