DPAO announces Brantley Gilbert concert, filling out the slate for summer

DPAO Summer Concert Series fills out with the addition of country music sensation Brantley Gilbert.
Published: Jun. 15, 2022 at 10:53 AM EDT
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WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY) - For the first time since before the COVID-19 pandemic, the Disabled Persons Action Organization has a full slate of concerts on the calendar for north country residents this summer.

“It’s been a little difficult. It’s been a two-year hiatus,” DPAO Foundation director Tim Dermady said. “Last year we only had Larry the Cable Guy, due to the pandemic. And the year before that in 2020, a total wipeout. So, we’re excited to be back with a full slate of concerts for the DPAO Summer Concert Series.”

The DPAO Summer Concert Series is headlined this year by Brantley Gilbert. The 2013 Academy of Country Music Awards Top New Artist will be performing at the Watertown Fairgrounds Wednesday, August 17.

“To have a complete show, four concerts this summer is great,” Dermady said. “We’re hearing it from the sponsors, and more importantly we’re hearing it from the people out there, the concert buyer, who are calling up already. We had a lot of calls already this morning when the news on Brantley Gilbert was released, so we’re excited about that.”

The two-time Academy of Country Music Awards winner won’t be the only big name taking the stage in the north country. The DPAO has four concerts on the set list for music lovers this summer.

Already scheduled are performances by Gordon Lightfoot on July 16 at Watertown High School and ZZ Top at the Watertown Fairgrounds Arena on July 23. A fourth show has not yet been announced but is in the process of being finalized for the end of the season.

“We’re working on a fourth concert,” Dermady said. “Hopefully have one, a rock show, probably in late August or early September.”

All the proceeds raised from the concerts will be donated to the DPAO. The organization helps over 500 families in Jefferson and Lewis counties with their needs assisting individuals with disabilities.

Tickets go on sale at for the Gilbert concert at dpao.org at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 22.

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