Shortly before arriving in Hannibal for his May 11 concert as part of Hannibal's bicentennial celebration, country music star Chris Janson won an Academy of Country Music Video of the Year award for “Drunk Girl.”
This was perhaps the most popular of his songs performed at the Hannibal Jaycees' Tanyard Gardens, said Gail Bryant, co-chairperson (with Angel Zerbonia-Chaplin) of the bicentennial committee.
“We lucked out,” she said about scheduling his concert among the top events of Hannibal's year-long celebration. His “Drunk Girl” video is currently nominated for a CMT award. The concert also included his new single, “Good Vibes.”
Declaring the concert “a huge success,” Bryant said about 3,400 people attended, along with the opening concert by country musician Jason Critchett, whose songs are in the top 40.
“We had people from Iowa, Illinois, St. Louis and probably quite a few from Perryville, his home town,” Bryant said. “I think the community benefited greatly from all of the advertising and social media,” she said.
Although this concert “was one of our largest events,” more concerts are scheduled during National Tom Sawyer Days, Bryant said. “We have lots of concerts lined up for the summer.”
The Hannibal Bicentennial Hot Air Balloon Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23, at Hannibal-LaGrange University. Bryant expects about 20 balloons.
On June 22 the balloons will be launched at 6 p.m. After they land, they will be returned to the university. When they are on the ground, there will be a “glow.”
On Sunday, June 23, the balloons will again be launched at 6:30 a.m.