Benefit concert to build memorial gym to coaches

In the past three weeks, the community of Broken Bow has come together like never before, and has been the recipient of support and encouragement from far and wide. This Sunday, we will be given another opportunity to share in a special way. Thanks to some of our friends to the south in Lexington, a concert will be held featuring some of Branson’s top entertainment. What is most noteworthy about the evening though, is that all profits from the event will be donated to the Broken Bow Public Schools Foundation for the new gymnasium at North Park, which will be dedicated to Coach Zane Harvey and Coach Anthony Blum. The concert will be Sunday, July 1, from 2-4 p.m. at the Broken Bow Middle School Auditorium. Tickets are $12 in advance, and $15 at the door. Children 12 and under are free. Tickets are available online at, the Broken Bow Chamber of Commerce or the Superintendent’s Office at the Broken Bow High School. “Big Al” Weekley, and his wife “Miss B” (Bonnie), arranged the show, after hearing from several people that wanted to do something to help the families of the June 1 accident, and the community of Broken Bow. The couple has been doing an Americana Gospel show on KRVN radio since 1999, and manages the Hometown Opry company. Through the years, Al and Bonnie have made friends in Branson, where they belong to the Gospel Singers/Songwriters Association. Their ties to the Branson entertainment industry enabled them to bring two of that city’s top shows to Broken Bow. Jackson Cash not only strongly resembles Johnny Cash, he sounds very much like him as well. His tribute to the “Man in Black” is a very popular show in Branson for a reason. Joining Jackson Cash will be Patsy Cline impersenator Melinda Feree. Like Cash, she is known across the country as one of the best, as she swoons audiences with her dead ringer for Patsy Cline vocals. Also appearing on stage with Cash and Feree will be Luke Weekley. Though not as well known as the other two artists, Al and Bonnie guarantee Luke will not disappoint. Bonnie says Monica Harvey is a friend of theirs, and she and Al were not aware that Zane was Monica’s son until they had planned the concert and received a thank-you call from Monica. “We are many people’s church,” says Bonnie, referring to the couple’s Sunday morning radio program.”We know the stories of many of our listeners.” The concert will be hosted by “Big Al” Weekley, and KCNI’s David J. Birnie. Jackson Cash will also be performing this weekend in Alma and McCook. Bonnie says jars will be placed at both of those shows to give people attending the opportunity to donate to the gym fund in Broken Bow. What better way to spend a hot Sunday afternoon that in an air-conditioned auditorium listening to the sounds of classic country music - and supporting a very special cause!