This year’s Dauphin Countryfest in Manitoba, Canada will salute the late Merle Haggard in a big way.
The legendary performer was scheduled to perform at the festival, taking place June 30 through July 3, but now, a very special act is stepping into his slot.
“You cannot replace an icon like Merle Haggard,” Countryfest promoter Rob Waloschuk says. “We couldn’t think of a better way to pay homage to the life of this prolific singer-songwriter than to have his family and friends perform a tribute concert.”
Tickets for the four-day festival are currently on sale at countryfest.ca or by phone at 800-361-7300.
Haggard passed away earlier this month after fighting bouts of pneumonia for several months. He died on April 6, what was his 79th birthday.