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Silver Hawks and South Bend announce new music festival

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A new country music event is heading to South Bend while another annual city event is going away.  The City of South Bend and the Silver Hawks announced the city-sponsored Country Music Festival Wednesday. The event will replace the Blues and Ribs Festival.

Country duo Big & Rich along with Jo Dee Messina will headline the June 21 event.  "By bringing some of country music's most recognized recording artists to perform, we're hoping to attract thousands of people to this event—all to raise funds to help the under-served in our community," said Parks and Recreation Director Phil St. Clair.

Tickets for the festival go on sale April 11 at the Four Winds Field box office and the O'Brien Center on Walter Street.  Early ticket sales are $25, but after April 25 the prices rises to $35.  Tickets at the door are $45.  Each advance ticket will include a voucher for a Silver Hawks game ticket as well.

"We're pleased to offer an evening of great country music in downtown South Bend," Deputy Mayor Neal said. "This is another opportunity to enjoy the great atmosphere at Four Winds Field and help enhance our community in the process."

But in less than a week, players will take the field at the newly named "Four Winds Field". Fans will see and hear first hand some of upgrades like a completely replaced sound system at the ball park. "We just didn't feel that was matching the rest of the entertainment that we've done here," says the Silver Hawks President Joe Hart.

And that's not all. When fans head to the concession stand they won't miss a single play, because of newly installed televisions. "We added TV's outside the concession stands that will be on closed circuit TV. So while people are waiting in line, they won't miss any of the action," says Hart.

Plus it will be hard for fans to miss the upgraded jumbotron and stadium club. Even the players got some upgrades, too, like their renovated "clubhouse" and weight room. Silver Hawks pitcher Johnny Omahen says, "They set up a good place for us. We can't wait to put on a show for the fans!"

So who paid for the $450,000 worth of upgrades? Not the taxpayers. The team used money from the naming rights contract with Four Winds Resorts. "It's good for business. Their marketing strategy. Families, we're all about families," says John P.Warren, Council Chairman, Pokagon Band Of Potawatomi Indians.

Team President Joe Hart says you'll feel like you're at the big leagues. "You know, we may be a minor league team, but we want a major league experience," he says. Hart says fans have already started purchasing home opener tickets for next week, and with all the new renovations, they plan to sell out those 4,300 seats.

Hart says the new official name is "Four Winds Field", but they still want to honor who "The Cove" is named after, Stanley Coveleski. Hart says, "We want to be respectful to Stanley Coveleski. We wanted to make sure he got his due and is continued to be memorialized."

Hart says the ball park has been named after Stanley Coveleski for 26 years, and the Silver Hawks intend to keep his memory alive by unveiling a bronze statue at the home opener.

 "We're not just here for ourselves, we're here for the community and we give them a great place to watch a game!" says Omahen.

The home opener kicks off Tuesday, April 8th at 7:05PM.

To purchase tickets online for the home opener, click here.

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