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Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson

Together on Stage at the Holland Performing Arts Center

Two icons of American music, Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson, come together for a landmark evening of timeless, storytelling songs at the Holland Performing Arts Center on Saturday, February 26, at 8:00 p.m.



Backed by an elegant, six-man version of Haggard’s legendary road band, the Strangers, the two sing their classics: Kristofferson delivers “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Help Me Make It Through the Night,” “For the Good Times” and “Sunday Morning Coming Down.”  Haggard serves up “Working Man Blues,” “If We Make it Through December,” “Today I Started Loving You Again” and, naturally, “Okie from Muskogie.”  The two never leave the stage, often singing harmonies on each other’s songs and swapping tales about the Army (Kristofferson), prison (Haggard), Louisiana Oil rigs (Kristofferson) and stealing Buck Owens wife (Haggard). “They remain true to their musical and personal roots, and they explore the everyday world of common people,” describes Mario Tarradell in the Dallas Morning News. “They vent, dream, reflect and examine.”The man behind country music’s working man’s anthems, MERLE HAGGARD has hung his soul on the line with songs that bring a lyrical depth to tales of hard living.  Ever the lonesome fugitive, outlaw and flesh-and-bones performer, Haggard weaves his one-of-a-kind vocal textures to reveal the heart and soul of a musician who may be the most well-rounded country talent ever to take the stage.KRIS KRISTOFFERSON rose through the ranks literally holding a broom. The Rhodes Scholar turned down a teaching position at West Point for a job as a janitor at Columbia Records in Nashville. Music City soon took notice. The prolific entertainer ventured into acting in 1971 with leads in A Star is Born, Convoy, Where the Red Fern Grows and most recently, the cult-favorite Blade vampire series. Still, he has always considered himself a writer, weaving themes of love, war, aging, gratitude and more into a rich and remarkable soundtrack has continued to grow through the years.

Tickets are priced at $48, $58, $68 and $78, and may be purchased at the Ticket Omaha Box Office, 1200 Douglas Street, Omaha (Mon-Fri 10-5, Sat 12-5), by phone at (402) 345-0606 or online at ticketomaha.com.

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