MOUNT VERNON — Knox County’s own Safire Sun will be the opening act at Memorial Theater on Saturday when the College Township/Gambier Fire Department presents its 47th annual benefit show.
Although she is a little nervous about it, Allie Dible, a performer with Safire Sun, said it is an honor to open for the main act, country music star Marty Raybon, and feels good about doing a benefit concert.
Dible’s musical journey began when, as a child, she performed in church choir and in the fourth-grade choir at East Knox. At the age of 9 she was awarded the opportunity to perform with the Knox County Choraliers, along with the legendary John Denver at the Palace Theater in Columbus.
Dible, who turns 25 on Friday, started taking guitar lessons from Safire Sun founder Darell Sanson and joined the group five years ago “just for the love of music.” She said the group gives her a means of expression and feels like family.
Dible plays rhythm guitar and sings both lead and harmony with Safire Sun. She said she enjoys sharing their music — a mixture of bluegrass, country and gospel — with audiences. Not a hard-core devotee of any one genre, Dible likes a little bit of everything.
Expect to hear Dible on lead vocal during “Oh, Atlanta,” among others.
In addition to Dible and Sanson, Safire Sun includes the vocal and instrumental talents of Yvonne Sanson, Brittney Hickey, Marty Townsend and Ethan Whitehair.
Raybon and his band, Full Circle, will headline the evening. Raybon, known for his lead vocals with Shenandoah from 1985 to 1997, with hits like “Next to You Next to Me,” “Two Dozen Roses,” “Sunday in the South,” “Church on Cumberland Road” and “If Bubba Can Dance (I Can Too).”
Doors open at Memorial Theater at 6 p.m. and the benefit show starts at 7 p.m. For ticket information: 740-358-0012 or email@example.com.