Perkins set to celebrate nation’s birthday in Hettinger

Kat Perkins is coming home.

Kat Perkins
Kat Perkins

By COLE BENZ & BRYCE MARTIN | For The Record

Kat Perkins is coming home.

The news was made official on Wednesday that Scranton’s own Kat Perkins will headline the Bowman County Fair’s concert series on July 11.

Her concert at the Bowman County Fairgrounds, located on Highway 12 south of the city of Bowman, will mark the first time the songstress has performed in Bowman County since her time on NBC’s “The Voice” and the release of her hit single, “Fearless.”

The announcement was made to the Pioneer by Kelly Robinson, Perkins’s sister.

Perkins is no stranger to performing on stage during the Bowman County Fair. The last time she graced its stage was during the 2013 fair as she performed with her former musical group, Dirty Word.

Perkins was part of the Top 5 group of contestants last year on NBC’s singing competition show, “The Voice.” Since then she released a single, which made it onto the iTunes music charts, and has toured around the world, including making a surprise performance to the troops serving in the Middle East.

It seems Perkins is making a tour of southwestern North Dakota as it was also announced, on March 16, that she will hold a special concert to celebrate Fourth of July in Hettinger.

Four thousand tickets for the Hettinger performance went on sale at 8:30 a.m., shortly after the announcement last week.

Fourth of July Celebration Committee Chairman Ryan Jacobson said that Perkins was the first person they discussed to headline this year’s event after the 2014 celebration was over. She was contacted in October and the event was booked.

Opening for Perkins on the Hettinger stage will be the musical group Redline. Redline features Hettinger native Nathan Stang, who was previously a member of the regional band 32 Below.

According to Jacobson, Perkins will be the biggest musical act that Hettinger has seen since the town held its centennial celebration and Eric Church, a popular country singer, performed.

The concert in Hettinger will be held outside, with the stage situated at the end of Main Street. Because Perkins will perform under a roof, the concert will continue regardless if there’s inclement weather. Security will be present and anybody without a ticket will not be permitted on Main Street.

Redline will open the concert at 7 p.m. and play until about 8:15 p.m. at which time Perkins will take the stage. She will perform up to 10 p.m. when the fireworks show is scheduled to start. Redline will then return to the stage to finish out the evening.

Tickets are available at EventJoy.com and are $35. People wishing to purchase tickets just need to go on the website and search “Kat Perkins” and will be guided through the process. Tickets need to be printed and presented at the concert for admittance.

Few details have been released so far regarding Perkins’ performance at the Bowman County Fair.

Perkins will also perform in Medora this summer.