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Don Williams to perform in Peoria

Tickets go on sale June 6

Published: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 10:59 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 4:15 p.m. CDT

PEORIA — Tickets for the Don Williams concert at the Peoria Civic Center Theater at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9 will go on sale at 10 a.m. June 6. Colm Kirwan will open the show.

Don Williams came to be called the Gentle Giant in the decades he was a dominating country hit maker because of his unique blend of commanding presence and laid-back, easy style which has appealed to adults.

This man who loves the quiet home life can still fill an auditorium or stadium across the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe and Africa; his special role as an international ambassador for American country and pop music is ongoing, and his musical appeal, he has long since been astonished to find, is about the same from the Central Time Zone to central Africa.

With hundreds of memorable songs in his repertoire, more than 50 of them major hits, whether contemplative ballads, affecting love songs or change-up rhythm numbers, have always been a core Don Williams strength and focus. Between 1974 and 1991, Don had at least one major hit every year, including such country standards to be as “Good Ole Boys Like Me,” “Till the Rivers All Run Dry,” “It Must Be Love,” “I’m Just a Country Boy,” “Amanda” and “I Believe in You.” In 2010, Don received country music’s highest honor, with his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Tickets are available at the box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com and by calling 1-800-745-3000. The Peoria Civic Center is located at 201 SW Jefferson St., Peoria.

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