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DPAO 2014 summer concert series to feature comedian Jeff Dunham, rock band Heart


WATERTOWN — Comedian and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham and rock band Heart will perform at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds Arena as part of the Disabled Persons Action Organization’s 2014 summer concert series.

Tickets go on sale May 21 and proceeds will help the DPAO serve more than 500 developmentally disabled children, adults and their families in Jefferson and Lewis counties.

General admission for the Jeff Dunham show at 7 p.m. June 25 is $49 and reserved seats for the performance will cost $59.

Heart, which was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year, will perform at 7 p.m. Aug. 6. Tickets will cost $56 or $52 for reserved seats and $46 for general admission.

The organization also is working on an outdoor country music concert and a children’s show at the Fairgrounds off Coffeen Street.

DPAO’s corporate development director, Timothy J. Dermady, said a concert survey found that the Northern New York crowd favored country and classic rock music and comedy performances.

“We’re trying to bring what the public wants,” Mr. Dermady said.

Last year, DPAO raised only $15,543 through the concert series — less than a third of the $59,383 it had raised in 2012.

For more information or to reserve season tickets for this year’s DPAO/Toyota/Car-Freshner Summer Concert Series, call DPAO at 782-0044 or visit the organization’s website at

Tickets also will be available at select Kinney Drugs stores and Price Chopper supermarkets.

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