Trick Pony performs Saturday

Trick Pony performs Saturday Trick Pony�s members include Keith Burns, Heidi Newfield and Ira Dean. by David Lias Vermillion is lucky to catch a rising star this weekend.

The country group Trick Pony, whose new single It�s A Heartache, soared to the top of the charts after its release in mid-April, will perform Saturday night at the Clay County Fairgrounds in Vermillion.

Mike Mortensen, owner of Open Mike�s in downtown Vermillion, is playing a key role in bringing the band here.

�I�ve seen this band seven or eight times myself,� he said. �They�re real high-energy, a lot of fun. They�re categorized as country western, but they�re more country rock.

�One of the reasons we picked them is we�ve been trying to bring a few things to town, and we hope Vermillion can support something like this. It would be fun to do without having to drive to another town all of the time,�Mortensen said.

The band�s members � Ira Dean, Keith Burns, and Heidi Newfield � have two albums under their belt and have earned awards from both the Academy of Country Music and the American Music Awards.�

�The reason I picked this band is I�ve seen a lot of bands, and these guys are some of the best entertainers,� Mortensen said.

In 2004, Trick Pony received nominations from both the CMA and the ACMA for best vocal group.

In 2003, the band received a Grammy nomination for best country performance by a duo or group with its vocal Just What I Do.

�They�ve had a number of pretty big hits and they�re still cranking them out,� Mortensen said. �They�re a good looking band ? they�ve got a real good mesh between them.�

The band will perform on a large 40-foot by 30-foot stage with full lighting at the fairgrounds. Tickets can be purchased either through Ticketmaster or Open Mike�s.

Gates at the fairgrounds will open at 7 p.m. Saturday, followed by performances by The Clay Creek Deaf Cowboy Band.

Rossana Holmes will be the opening act at 8 p.m. on the main stage. Trick Pony�s performance will begin at approximately 9:30 p.m.

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