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UPDATED: Brad Paisley to perform at Sanford Center

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Bemidji Mayor Rita Albrecht, left, and Sanford Center Executive Director Jeff Kossow announce during a Monday press conference the Brad Paisley Weekend Warrior World Tour will make a stop at Bemidji in April. (Jordan Shearer | Bemidji Pioneer) 3 / 3

BEMIDJI -- Taking Bemidji to a new level on the concert scene, officials announced Monday that Brad Paisley will bring his Weekend Warrior World Tour to the Sanford Center.

The country superstar, who has had 24 No. 1 hits, will be playing the Sanford Center on Saturday, April 28.

The Week Warrior Tour starts Jan. 25 in Los Angeles and runs through the summer. Paisley will play Sioux Falls, S.D., on Friday, April 27.

Sanford Center executives and city officials made the concert announcement during a press conference Monday morning at the arena.

“I think one of the exciting things is that it’s going to be on a Saturday night. We’ve had a lot of major concerts come, but they’ve often been in the middle of the week,” Bemidji Mayor Rita Albrecht said. “(With) this one, we’re on the front end of the tour scheduling, and that’s what’s really exciting.”

Bemidji Mayor Rita Albrecht and Sanford Center Executive Director Jeff Kossow announce Paisley concert.

Jeff Kossow, executive director with the Sanford Center, said they pulled out all the stops to land an entertainer as big as Paisley, who doesn’t travel light. Kossow said the event would include 10 trucks and 11 buses. Because of that, Kossow estimated the event to be twice as large as any of the previous concerts, in regard to production size, that have come to Bemidji.

“This is a major tour. It’s going to push us right to the gills, if you will. Every square inch is going to be used because of how big it is,” Kossow said. “It’s a pretty cool stage design.”

Organizers have been working on the now-scheduled concert for approximately 3-½ to 4 months.   

“We knew we had a chance at it, but it was a slim chance,” he said. “Candidly, we put everything (forward) to it to make sure we could get this event. After the announcement that we knew he was going to be doing the CMAs, we knew this was going to be a big deal.”

Paisley, a star who has crossed over to the mainstream, has won three Grammy awards, two American Music Award, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards and 14 Country Music Association Awards (including Entertainer of the Year). In total, he has sold more than 12 million albums.

Paisley has written 21 of his 24 No. 1 hits including his most recent, “Today.” The song resonated with fans around the globe with the music video garnering over 43 million views, so far.

Joining Paisley in Bemidji will be Dustin Lynch, Chase Bryant and Lindsay Ell.

Lynch is a rising star on the scene, with five consecutive No. 1 songs, as well as three Top 5 albums and has toured with Paisley, Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line, among others.

Bryant’s second consecutive hit “Little Bit of You” rose to No. 3 on the country radio charts on the heels of his Top 10 debut single “Take It On Back,” which spent 15 consecutive weeks on the CMT Hot 20 Countdown.

Ell has been named one of The Huffington Post’s “Top Country Artists to Watch.” The Calgary native has toured with Bryan, The Band Perry and Keith Urban, among others.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, Dec. 1, at 10 a.m. Tickets cost $124 for the pit, as well as $84, $69 and $64, a release said.

Jordan Shearer

Jordan Shearer covers crime and social issues for the Bemidji Pioneer. A Rochester native and Bemidji State grad, he previously spent several years in western Nebraska writing for the Keith County News. Follow him on Twitter @Jmanassa

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