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Photo: The audience begins to find the best places  to listen to the Army Concert Tour at Fort McCoy. The Aug. 28 event was one of the stops the tour made at military installations. Lynyrd Skynyrd and Brooks & Dunn were the co-headliners at Fort McCoy. (Photo by Jobi Spolum)
The audience begins to find the best places to listen to the Army Concert Tour at Fort McCoy. The Aug. 28 event was one of the stops the tour made at military installations. Lynyrd Skynyrd and Brooks & Dunn were the co-headliners at Fort McCoy.
Photo: Leon Eric “Kix” Brooks (left) and Ronnie Gene Dunn, who form the popular country duo Brooks & Dunn, perform at Fort McCoy as part of the Army Concert Tour. (Photo by Jobi Spolum)
Leon Eric “Kix” Brooks (left) and Ronnie Gene Dunn, who form the popular country duo Brooks & Dunn, perform at Fort McCoy as part of the Army Concert Tour.
Photo: Members of Lynyrd Skynyrd entertain the audience during the Army Concert Tour event at Fort McCoy. (Photo by Jobi Spolum)
Members of Lynyrd Skynyrd entertain the audience during the Army Concert Tour event at Fort McCoy.

Nearly 7,750 ticket holders had no trouble splitting their musical allegiance at the Aug. 28 Army Concert Tour event at Fort McCoy.

Brooks & Dunn, a top country act, and Lynyrd Skynyrd, a classic-rock group, shared top billing for the concert.

Each group brought along a unique sound that has kept its fans coming back for more. In Lynyrd Skynyrd’s case, the band had performed its hits at McCoy previously for the 2006 Army Concert Tour event.

The night started with a slight sprinkling just before the gates to the concert opened at 6 p.m. After that, the night turned out perfectly as there was no more rain.

The opening act, Halfway to Hazard, took the stage at 6:30 p.m., 30 minutes before it was originally scheduled to perform, and got the event off to a rousing start, helping to prep the crowd for what was to come later.

Everyone appeared to have a good time, according to personnel from the Fort McCoy Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation. Many comments were along the line of Susan Mehne of the Army Reserve Civilian Personnel Advisory Center at Fort McCoy.

“I really, really enjoyed the concert Friday,” Mehne said. “All three bands really put on a great performance!”

“I was surprised how much I enjoyed Brooks & Dunn considering I am not a country fan,” Mehne said. “I heard lots of good comments in the crowd so I am sure the concert was enjoyed by many.”

Anyone who attended the concert and is interested in providing feedback is asked to visit the Web site http://www.mccoymwr.com and click on the comments area.

The concert’s sponsors included I. A.M. Strong on a national level. I. A.M. Strong is a campaign about preventing sexual assault and harassment in the U.S. Army.

Local sponsors included Miller Brewing Company (Hellman Distributors, Inc.), Pepsi of La Crosse and Reinhart Food Service. No federal endorsement is implied.

For more information about Fort McCoy Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) events, visit the Web site http://www.mccoymwr.com or call the MWR Event Line at 877-864-4969.

Photos by Jobi Spolum

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