A former “American Idol” contestant will perform in Colusa to pay tribute to a local fallen officer.
The “A Night for Natalie,” concert will be an eventing of county music to remember Officer Natalie Corona – the Arbuckle native and Davis Police Department rookie killed in the line of duty in January – and all other law enforcement personnel who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
The community has rallied together to show continued support for Corona in the months since her death with many fundraising events including the Cowboy Honor Ride, Color It Blue Ride and Run, a memorial fundraising golf tournament and many more.
Like theses previous events, all of the proceeds from this concert will go directly to the Natalie Corona Memorial Fund.
In addition to these events, there is also an Assembly Resolution in the works to dedicate a portion of Interstate 5 in Colusa Coutny as the Officer Natalie Corona Memorial Highway.
Jason English, concert organizer and producer, said the concert was inspired while working on another event. While planning the upcoming “Bash for Bev,” country music and car show that is slated for August, English was approached by talent coordinator J.J. Ford and asked if he would like to host another concert featuring Billy Ray Cyrus.
“I instantly thought of Natalie since he was nice enough to sing at her funeral,” English said.
From there, English decided to dedicate the night to Corona and went about setting it up.
Cyrus had to drop out at the last minute due to unforeseen circumstances, but English said he decided to move forward with different artists because it wasn’t about the big name headliner.
“We then realized it’s all about Natalie anyway,” English said.
The concert will be Thursday night at the Colusa County Fairgrounds, located at 1303 10th St.
Doors open at 5 p.m. and the show will start at 7 p.m.
This is a family-friendly event and children are welcome to attend.
Headliner Josh Gracin rose to fame after auditioning for the second season of “American Idol.” He was a fan favorite throughout the season and finished forth overall.
After an honorable discharge from the United States Marine Corps, Gracin released a self-titled debut album in the summer of 2004. Since then, he has released a number of singles that have topped the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks chart and his first record was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.
Other artists scheduled to perform include Wade Hayes, Jonny Owen and Gregor Ross.
Ticket can be purchased for $35 at the Colusa Coutny Fairgrounds Office or online for at www.colusaconcerts.com.
For more information, contact Brenda English at 300-5442.