SCOTTSBLUFF — Since 2013, Billy Estes has been working to book country artist Tracy Byrd for a performance at the Midwest Theater. Six years later, Byrd’s tour is making its way through Nebraska, with one of the stops scheduled for Scottsbluff.
“Tracy is one of those classic, old school country artists who only tours by bus, so he has to be close enough to you to get to you within a day’s drive,” said Estes. “For the last 10 years, he’s really just been playing in Texas because he’s based out of Beaumont, Texas.”
Byrd will perform at The Historic Midwest Theater on Tuesday, June 11 at 8 p.m. as part of his 25-year anniversary celebration of his first big hit “Holdin’ Heaven.” His tour will take him across the United States for the first time in several years with a few stops in Nebraska.
Estes learned of Byrd’s tour route in December and worked to set up a stop following Byrd’s performance in Kearney.
“I was excited,” he said. “I’ve been playing Tracy Byrd songs all day. It’s the right show for our demographic that comes to the theater.”
The country hitmaker first reached No. 1 in 1993 with “Holdin’ Heaven,” and he followed up with a string of hits that included “Watermelon Crawl,” “Big Love,” “I’m From the Country,” “Ten Rounds With Jose Cuervo,” “Drinkin’ Bone” and “The Keeper of the Stars,” which won ACM Song of the Year honors in 1996.
Throughout his career, Byrd has released 34 singles and ten studio albums, four of which have been certified gold, one platinum and one double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.
Midwest Theater members only ticket sales started on Wednesday at 10 a.m. and within two hours over 100 tickets were sold. Tickets for the general public go on sale Wednesday, April 3 at 10 a.m. Member tickets cost $40 and non-member tickets are $45.
Aside from the regular tickets, the theater is also selling VIP meet and greet passes for an extra $25. Those ticket holders will have an opportunity to take a photograph with Byrd and get his autograph. There are a limited number of VIP tickets available and they are selling fast.
Estes said it is a good time to become a member of the Midwest Theater to have immediate access to performing arts shows and movie screenings at the theater.
Tickets can be purchased at the Midwest Theater at 1707 Broadway, by calling 308-632-4311 or online at MidwestTheater.com