October 18, 2021

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Concert to benefit animals, Frank Buck Zoo

While Alan Powers now lives in Valley Spring, he can remember outings in Gainesville with his parents.

“No matter where I live, this area – Gainesville, Valley View and Sanger – will always be home,” he in a news release.

Powers, other members of his family and KJC Ranch have decided to give back to the Cooke County community with a free concert at the Gainesville Farmer’s Market to benefit the Frank Buck Zoo.

The event will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday with musical acts Jerry Hart & Flatland and Thomas Michael Riley with special guest Joe Forlini.

Powers and his sisters Ranae and Carmen grew up in Sanger with their parents. Grandparents Billie and Georgia Mask lived in Valley View and Goley and Edna Powers in Sanger.

“We grew up here,” Powers said in the release. “It’s special.”

Thought Forlini is looking forward to playing the guitar with Thomas Michael Riley, other acts he has played guitar for include Jerry Jeff Walker, Rusty Weir, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Augie Myers.

 Forlini is now the lead guitarist for Larry Joe Taylor. 

A camel roams in a large enclosure at Frank Buck Zoo in 2020.

“It’s going to be a big weekend,” Forlini added. “Good music, good food. What’s not to like?” 

Attendees will also get to hear Jerry Hart & Flatland debut three songs.

“It’s going to be fun,” Hart said encouraging people to come to the concert. “It’s for a good cause.” 

Hart has opened shows for Tracy Byrd, Mark Chestnut and Clay Walker. He is good friends with Powers, who owns KJC Ranch, a wildlife sanctuary for exotic animals, along with wife Cindy and sons Kasee and Jake.