Country star to perform sold-out show

Parking lots near Emens Auditorium on Saturday night are going to be packed.

Approximately 3,400 Travis Tritt ticket holders will spend the evening in the auditorium to hear the country music performer put on his last show of the year.

The show, "An Evening with Travis Tritt," features no opening act but simply Tritt for the entire time. Richard Mischell, owner of Mischell productions and promoter for Saturday's 8 p.m. show, said Tritt will sing onstage for more than two hours.

Mischell said Tritt and eight band members perform with few visual effects besides moving lights. Mischell said Tritt, who has performed in stadiums and arenas, likes to be closer to the crowd.

"It's a little more intimate," Mischell said. "You can see better and hear better in a theater situation."

Julie Strider, Emens Auditorium assistant manager, said Tritt was not booked to perform at Emens until late in September. This did not have an impact on ticket sales, however. By Monday of this week, only single seats were available. By Wednesday, the show was sold-out.

"Muncie is a good country area," Mischell said. "I'm really happy he ends his year in a sell out."

Tritt limited his performance schedule to include weekends only. On Friday, Tritt will perform at the David S. Palmer Civic Center in Danville, Ill., and then move on to Muncie. According to Tritt's official Web site, www.travis-tritt.com, his next performance after this weekend will not be until Jan. 12, 2002 at the Charleston Municipal Auditorium in Charleston, W.Va.

"He does such a long, hard show," Mischell said. "A couple shows a week is enough."

Tritt has been in the country music industry for more than a decade and has been given several awards for his accomplishments. Seven times, his albums have been named platinum -- most recently being his newest album "Down the Road I Go."

Tritt, now 38 years old, kicked of his country career in 1982 by recording a demo for a promotion man who turned out to be an executive at Warner Brothers. He spent seven years on the honky tonk circuit until 1989, when he signed with Warner Brothers Nashville division and debuted the single "Country Club."

By 1991, Tritt owned the Country Music Association's Horizon Award, and in 1993, he received a Grammy. Tritt has released 10 albums in the last 10 years, which included singles such as "Best of Intentions," "The Whiskey Ain't Workin'," "If I Lost You" and "Where Corn Don't Grow."

Besides music, Tritt acted in the made-for-TV movie, "Rio Diablo" and on HBO's "Tales from the Crypt." Mischell said Tritt is currently looking at a movie deal for sometime next year.

Tritt's professional successes correlates with happiness in his personal life.

"He's happily married," Mischell said. "He wants to work weekends and be at home during the week."

According to his official Web site, Tritt is currently married to Theresa. Together, the couple have two children -- Tyler and Tristan.


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