august, 2020

08aug7:30 pmThunder RollsSponsored by Dickinson County News7:30 pm Preservation Plaza

Event Details

FREE All Ages Show

Brian Shartzer grew up near Illiopolis IL. He broke a school track record, made 2nd All-Conference Running back, and graduated in 1990. He married his high school sweetheart and worked in factories for several years. To better himself and his young family, he joined the US Army in 1996 and graduated from a small-unit combat leadership course.

After his four years, he returned to construction work. Then on September 11, 2001 America came under terrorist attack. Patriotic rage prompted him to quit his construction job that day and re-enlist with the US Naval Reserves, because it was the only recruiting office open. It was during this time he volunteered for the most elite training the military has to offer.

Six years and several deployments later, his local reserve center closed, so Brian transferred back over to the Army National Guard and served two additional years.

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In 2007, the one-two punch of losing both his marriage and his job created a “come-to-Jesus” moment for Brian, and he redirected his life toward his dream of being a Country singer. Starting then, he spent the next several years learning everything from his first guitar chords up.

Even after his first band failed, he kept at it.

“I’ve learned everything about this
business the hardest way possible.”

Then Brian had the good fortune to meet Jimmy Muir, who became a mentor and later his best friend. Jimmy brought Brian into The Blue Suede Crew as a stagehand, but his similarity to Garth Brooks led to an invitation to rehearse and then perform with them as “special guest Garth Brooks”. The outrageous crowd response from his first appearance told him his passion and dedication to the craft had been worth it.

When Jimmy joined a new band, Walkin’ with Cash, Brian joined and toured with them for three years, giving Brian the launching point to begin his own show.

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Over the next two years, he spent countless hours and thousands of dollars finding the right musicians and equipment for his professionally-produced high-octane show. Brian Shartzer is a recording artist at Shock City Studios in St. Louis. Together with the Ropin’ the Wind Band he is considered the closest thing to an actual Garth Brooks show.

Brian currently lives with his new wife Vicki. With her support, he is pursuing the dream of bringing Garth’s music and energy to as many people as possible.

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Dickinson County News

Opening Act

Pony Creek


(Saturday) 7:30 pm


Preservation Plaza

37 Lake St, Arnolds Park, IA 51331