The Band Perry

The Band Perry will perform in Marion in April.

MARION — The Band Perry is coming to Southern Illinois.

The show is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 12, at the new Midwest Event Center, 11580 N. Route 37, Marion.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15. They can be purchased at www.thebandperry.com/shows. Tickets are $29.50.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and there will also be a limited number of fast passes for sale for $10 that will allow entry to the venue at 6 p.m.

The Band Perry is a pop three-piece made up of siblings Kimberly, Neil and Reid Perry. They skyrocketed to country fame with 2010 single "If I Die Young," which went multiplatinum. After winning several accolades and releasing a few chart-topping country hits, the band made a controversial shift to pop music.

As a country act, the group was nominated for several awards, including two Grammys — they won best country group performance in 2015 for their song "Gentle on My Mind." They've also been recognized with Academy of Country Music Awards, Country Music Television Awards and Country Music Association Awards.

The band's newest EP, "Coordinates," was released independently last year. In a 2018 Rolling Stone article, Jonathan Bernstein called "Coordinates" a "fully electronic pop EP that represents the 180 degree shift the rootsy country trio has taken since formally leaving the genre roughly four years ago."

The spring concert is another show produced by the M5E Agency, former Southern Illinois Miner Cody Dunbar's entertainment production company.

Dunbar said the Midwest Event Center holds about 1,000 people. He said there will be an opener, but it hasn't been announced yet — he said to expect an up-and-coming band.

The Midwest Event Center is a new venue that so far has hosted a town hall meeting with State Reps. Terri Bryant, Dave Severin and Patrick Windhorst. The venue's first concert is Al Green & the Hard Times (sorry, not that Al Green), a Nashville-based blues and R&B group, which will play Saturday, Feb. 23.

Dunbar said the show in a small Southern Illinois venue provides a unique opportunity to see a big band in a small setting.

"This, from what I've seen, looks to be the smallest venue they'll play all year," he said. "It's really cool to have a band of that magnitude play in an intimate spot like this."

M5E also produced an October Blue Oyster Cult concert at the Marion Cultural and Civic Center. Dunbar said his company's goal is to bring more big names to Southern Illinois, so that people don't have to drive to St. Louis or Chicago to see their favorite bands perform.

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Alee Quick is the local news editor for thesouthern.com, and the editor of weekly local entertainment guide Scene618. She is a columnist and a member of The Southern Illinoisan editorial board.

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