Country music star Joe Diffie to headline Lander Community Center Benefit Concert on July 5

Early renderings of the new Lander community center. (Image provided)

Early renderings of the new Lander community center. (Image provided)

(Lander, Wyo.) – The City of Lander has signed Joe Diffie to headline a concert on Friday July 5. The concert will benefit the new Community Center to replace the original, which was lost to an electrical fire in June 2012.

“For Lander to have the opportunity to bring a top notch performer like Diffie to town for such a worthwhile purpose is unbelievable,” noted Councilmember Cade Maestas. Maestas is in charge of fundraising for the community center and noted the concert will be a kick-off for the local fundraising efforts.

Diffie has charted 5 number one singles, including “Third Rock from the Sun,” “Bigger than the Beatles” and “Pickup Man.” Diffie won a Grammy with Marty Stuart in 1998 for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals.

Canadian artist Corb Lund will open for Diffie. Lund is an up-and-coming singer, who was Canadian Country Music Roots Artist of the year (2008-2010) and 2003, 2006, and 2010 JUNO Roots and Traditional Album of the Year. His most popular song is “Truck Got Stuck.”

“I couldn’t be happier with how this has come together,” stated Community Resource Coordinator Gary Michaud. “Everybody knows Lander is the place to be during the week of July Fourth, and this concert will be the crown jewel in what is shaping up to be the biggest week of festivities the City has seen in a long time.”

Maestas thanked all those all those who have helped with the Community Center Rebuild efforts so far. He especially wanted to thank local merchant Tami Olsen, whom Maestas credited with bringing Diffie to Lander.

The concert will be held at the band shell site near Lander Valley High School. Times have not yet been set.

Tickets will be available starting May 6 for $35.  Tickets can be purchased at Lander City Hall 240 Lincoln Street, Chisholm’s Jewelry, the KOVE/KDLY radio station in Lander and the KTAK radio station in Riverton.  Tickets may also be purchased online starting May 6 at www.landerwyoming.org.

The Lander Community Center is slated to begin construction in the summer of 2013.  The estimated total construction cost is $5 million.