Barry "Byrd" Burton Benefit Concert and Auction

An update from Mark D.

The Barry “Byrd” Burton Benefit Concert and Auction will be held on Friday, April 18th, at Niswonger Greeneville Performing Arts Center.

The tentative lineup includes up and coming artists Dixie Highway, followed by a set by a group of “pickers” that Byrd has played with through the years including The B-Team Blues Band, Stick Davis from The Amazing Rhythm Aces, Benny Wilson, and more.

The featured act of the night will be none other than KANSAS! Yes, you know who they are! Their hits include Dust In The Wind, Carry On My Wayward Son, Point of Know Return, etc. etc.

We have lined up some autographed memorabilia to be sold at auction, including a guitar signed by Styx, a Charlie Daniels fiddle,.38 Special stuff, a Greg Allman autographed guitar, and MUCH more.

Tickets will be $30 through the Niswonger Performing Arts Center and will go on sale Monday, March 17th, at 11:30 a.m. All seats reserved, first come first served. DO NOT CALL UNTIL THE 17th OF MARCH…they can’t sell them before then!

More details are being planned, but I wanted to let everyone know so they could save the date. It should be a GREAT time!


6 thoughts on “Barry "Byrd" Burton Benefit Concert and Auction

  1. Thanks for spreading the word about the Concert and Auction! We’re looking forward to a great event, and hope to see everybody there.

    The “whoopsie” on the date was entirely my fault. We’ve been working so fast and furious on the event that in my haste to get everything out I typed in a wrong date. Problem is that I also “cut and pasted” that same information and posted it in probably 3 other places that had to be changed!

    The date in your post is now correct! Friday, April 18th, at Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Greeneville. Their link is Tickets will go on sale Monday, March 17th, at 11:30 a.m. at $30.00 each. You can charge by phone at 423-638-1679, or go by the box office at 212 Tusculum Blvd, Greeneville, Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. till 5:30 p.m.

    There are a limited number of “Meet and Greet” tickets available at $60 each, which include admission AND a backstage meeting with Kansas, including an autographed photo. If anyone is interested in those tickets, they are LIMITED, and you can contact any of the committee that’s organizing the event. Here’s the info:

    Mark DeWitte – mark (at) compuplusonline (dot) com
    Jonathan Harrington – jonathan (at) infocs (dot) com
    Terry Johnson – bgtjohnson (at) gmail (dot) com
    Mike Garcia – mgarcia (at) mundet (dot) com or
    Craig Stapleton – craigfuzz1 (at) yahoo (dot) com

    Dixie Highway will open the show at 7:00, followed by “Friends of Byrd” for lack of a better name (guys that played with Byrd Burton, including Stick Davis of The Amazing Rhythm Aces, Benny Wilson, David Hyder, and the B-Team Blues Band). Kansas goes on at 9:00.

    You’ll want to be there for the whole thing, because between sets there will be autographed items for auction, including a Styx autographed electric guitar, a Brooks & Dunn autographed acoustic guitar, and other items on the way.

    Look for more exciting things, like Billy Greer of Kansas interviews on radio, television, and in the newspaper. Billy’s been invaluable to the committee in helping put the event together, and has “picked” with Byrd for years.

    Thanks again for spreading the word. Hope everyone calls early to get tickets, because we’re expecting a quick sell out!

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  3. I am James Hooker’s ex wife (#2, to be exact !! )

    Byrd was a wonderful human, a great presence and a gifted musician.
    I’m proud to say I knew him, and sad to say he’s gone now.

    God bless and rest!


  4. I was saddened to learn of Byrd’s death. I had asked Judy
    Rodman for his email address, and she told me he had died.
    He was a fabulous musician. When I was at Tanner, we used
    to use him on guitar a lot, and he and Bill McMath were 2 of the
    few guitar players who could play any style, sight read, and not let that get in the way of their playin’! Bill is of course still
    very much with us. Byrd also was/had been a licensed ham radio opertor.

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