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Be there tonight for Country Road
The ballroom at the Trans Asia hotel comes alive today when the Country Music Foundation (CMF) presents Country Road, the 11th in a series of country music concerts held since 1988.

As in the past, country music lovers will be provided with a wonderful range of the best of American country and folk music with the Mavericks from Germany making an appearance for the fourth occasion. Mariazelle and Rienzie Perera from Flame Unplugged, performing today have also been a part of the show since its inception.

Italian-born singer Elena Ley, in Sri Lanka for the first time, will be backed on stage by a group of experienced musicians put together for this event. Her backing band would comprise Nilantha (bass), Primal (guitar), Rohan (pedal steel guitar), Sudu (keyboards), Lal (drums) and also a fiddler.

Joining Dirk Maverick on this tour is Steven Bohn, one of the best pedal steel guitarists in Germany, who is playing bass at the concert while the steel guitar work would be handled by Didi Waechtler, another regular on the Mavericks Sri Lanka tour. Wolfgang Stoelzle has expertise playing many instruments like drums, bass, piano and guitar in addition to vocal harmony.

On his first tour to Sri Lanka - with the Mavericks band - is Stefan Sperling who plays in Germany with the Nashville Music Company band.

The October 13 concert has drawn new sponsorships from Cargills and Emirates who are flying down the musicians from Germany with The Sunday Times being a media sponsor. Tickets for the show are available at the hotel. The concert proceeds will be used by UNICEF for a children's charity project.

The concert, starting at 6.30 p.m. would be followed the next morning by a CMF-initiated CEOs roundtable on children aimed at mobilising the business community to help needy children.

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