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   from the issue of February 3, 2005

Jim Rice and Final Round headline Free at 6 Feb. 9

Original country music and covers of old classics will fill the Lied main stage Feb. 9 when local artists Jim Rice and Final Round present a free concert as part of the Lied's Free at 6 series. The concert begins at 6 p.m.

In less than two years, Jim Rice and Final Round have become one of the area's most sought-after country music groups. Striving to put the "country" back in country music, Final Round packs 'em in at many of the region's top country music clubs as well as playing at local county fairs and festivals, the Comstock Windmill Festival, and as the featured act at the Husker Nation Pavilion before the Nebraska/Baylor football game.

Final Round was selected first place overall at the 2004 National Country Music Festival.

Rice was born and raised in the Nebraska Sandhills. He grew up in a musical family and at age 16 joined his father's country band. After Rice won the True Value GMC Truck Country Music Showdown, he moved to Texas to further his music career. In 1997 he moved to Nashville and acquired a songwriting contract at BMG Publishing. In June 2003, Rice returned to Nebraska and assembled a group of seasoned musicians to tour the Midwest. Final Round includes Jim's dad, Herschell Rice, on pedal steel guitar; Jeff Haddix on lead guitar; and Larry Hudson on drums.

The final Free at 6 event for the 2004/05 season is The Bathtub Dogs (all-male contemporary a cappella) on March 29 on the Lied Main Stage.



Japanese swords on display at Lentz Gallery
African baskets topic of Feb. 8 presentation
Creative Movement Classes Offered on Saturdays
Geske Lecture on Shakespeare on the plains Feb. 21
Jim Rice and Final Round headline Free at 6 Feb. 9
Lied hosts Magic School Bus Feb. 11
Sculptor Driscoll is Hixson-Lied visiting artist
Shapiro book signing Feb. 24
UNL Pianists perform Feb. 5 Lincoln Symphony concert
Vera Drake, Long Engagement screen at Ross Media Arts Center