Beef Empire Days is gearing up for its 50th year, and to kickoff the celebration of 50 years of beef, the organization will be hosting a night of live music and family-friendly entertainment with a concert featuring two country music artists.

The concert and celebration begins at 6:30 p.m. June 1 in the Samy’s Spirits and Steakhouse parking lot, 1911 Kansas Ave.

Stacey Carr, Beef Empire Days executive director, said that years ago Beef Empire Days would host concerts, and it’s something she wanted to bring back.

“But because it’s the 50th, I think it’s really important to do just something big in celebration…” she said. “I just think it’s going to be a great time.”

Country singer Hunter Hutchinson will serve as the opening act for country crooner William Michael Morgan.

Hutchinson, of Abilene, Texas, released his first full-length album, “What Do You Say,” in March 2015, which was produced by his mentor, Aaron Watson with Big Note Studio.

“While touring, Hunter began writing for his sophomore record, 'Keep Rolling On,' which he recently released in the Fall of 2017 with his first single 'Summer Love Song' reaching the Top 40 on the Texas Radio Charts,” according to his website.

The Beef Empire Days website describes Morgan as a “fresh-take-on-a-classic-sound approach.”

“ … He brings a voice and manner older than his 23 years to bear on music written by him and many of today’s best tunesmiths,” the Beef Empire Days website states of Morgan.

From his “Vinyl” titled album, Morgan has singles like “I Met a Girl,” “People Like Me,” and “Beer Drinker.”

Carr said the two artists are making names for themselves on the country music scene.

“He’s got a lot of good songs out there,” Carr said of Morgan. “Then you have Hutchinson, who is a part of the red dirt part of country music… He has songs climbing up the charts."

Tickets for the concert can be purchased at Baker Boot; Coleen’s Trophies, Awards and Gifts; the Clarion Inn, and the Beef Empire Days office. Tickets also can be purchased online at

General admission prior to Friday is $10. Tickets purchased the week of the show are $15.

“It’s something to do with the family. It’ll be a great time kicking off this 50-year event that has become a staple in Garden City and the area,” Carr said. “It’s something that people look forward to every year.”

Beef Empire Days activities will continue through June 10. For more information on Beef Empire Days, see The Telegram’s special issue on Thursday, or visit


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