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Phil Vassar headed to the Convocation Center

Published: Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT

One of Nashville’s most prolific and versatile stars is coming to DeKalb County. Phil Vassar’s unbounded energy and talent will be at the Northern Illinois University Convocation Center on Nov. 17.

Doors will open at 6 pm with the show starting at 7 p.m. Opening for Vassar will be DJ Waldo and DeKalb’s very own Back Country Roads.

Tickets for Phil Vassar go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. All tickets are reserved seats and cost $32. Tickets can be purchased at the Convocation Center box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster.com, or by phone at 800-745-3000. NIU students get a $5 discount with a valid NIU OneCard at the Convocation Center box office (limit two).

Vassar is known not only for his gift for hit songwriting, but also for his compelling skills on the piano. His piano-based, rhythm and blues-infused brand of music has carried Vassar throughout his career and remains his specialty in the genre.

His resume boasts numerous hits for artists including Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw, Jo Dee Messina and Collin Raye, and many more hits as an artist in his own right.

He’s been named the ASCAP Songwriter of the Year twice and has taken top honors from the Academy of Country Music, Billboard MusicRow, and also honored by the the CMA’s.

Some of Vassar’s accolades include two time ASCAP Songwriter of the Year, Billboard Magazine Top New Country Artist, Billboard Country Songwriter of the Year, Music Row Magazine Breakthrough Artist of the Year, and ACM Top New Male Vocalist of the Year and Song of The Year- just to name a few.  

Now with six albums under his belt, all held to much acclaim, Vassar is ready for the next journey in his musical career. No stranger to hard work and with a strong business mind, Vassar’s taking control by launching Rodeowave Entertainment, a full-service record label, promotions and management company based in Nashville.

First up to be released is his seventh album – his first ever live CD/DVD combo recorded in Nashville with brand new music included.

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