Bears Ears concert is Thursday in Blanding
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A Freedom Fest concert will be held on Thursday, September 22 in Blanding to benefit the local effort to stop the proposed Bears Ears National Monument.

Country-western singers Darryl Worley and Charley Jenkins are scheduled to headline the concert, in addition to a warm-up act by comedian Pax Harvey.

The event begins at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 22 at the San Juan High School practice field in Blanding. The gates open at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $10 and those age ten and under can attend at no cost.

Tickets for the concert are available at a variety of locations, including Patio Drive In, San Juan Credit Union, San Juan Record, Redd’s Ace Hardware, and Phil Lyman CPA or at

Pax Harvey will emcee the evening.

Events include Native American dancers and drummers as the gates open and the national anthem at 6:30 p.m. by Eva Perkins.

San Juan County Commissioner Rebecca Benally will then speak to welcome guests and explain the purpose of the Freedom Fest.

Local talent is scheduled to perform, including Emma Bayles Holliday, Hayley Seiter, Annette Adams and Mark Bake.

Pax Harvey will perform at 7 p.m., Charley Jenkins at 7:30 and Darryl Worley at 8:30.

There will be a number of additional events and opportunities, including a raffle and mini auction.

The concert is the latest and most visible event yet in the local effort to oppose the monument, which may be designated by President Barack Obama before the end of his administration in January, 2017.

The Save the Bears Ears group has organized protests, developed petitions, written letters, and has been very active on social media. In the past week, the group sponsored a benefit dinner and speech by Constitutional scholar Bill Howell.

Darryl Worley has had a series of hits over his 16-year career, including nearly 20 hit singles and three chart-topping hits with the self-penned “Awful, Beautiful Life” and the poignant “Have You Forgotten,” which spent seven weeks at No. 1.

Worley has spent much of his career giving back to the men and women overseas doing their job to keep the country safe. Following the tragic events of 9/11, Worley penned the heartfelt “Have You Forgotten,” which became the biggest hit of his career.

The song remains one of the most anticipated highlights in his live shows, especially when visiting the U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, which has become a yearly tradition for Worley.

Charley Jenkins is a local favorite, performing many concerts in San Juan County over the years. He is a native of the Uintah Basin in eastern Utah and has been performing for many years.

Charley’s down-to-earth charm and ability to interact with his audience draws the crowd in and keeps them on their feet. His fan base continues to grow due to his energetic and engaging live performances.

Dan Truman, of the legendary country band Diamond Rio, said of Charley, “He’s great! He’s real, and he’s full of energy and passion.”

Charley has been an opening act for a large number of singers, including Reba McEntire, Allan Jackson, Taylor Swift, Toby Keith, Darryl Worley, Charlie Daniels, JoDee Messina, and more.
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