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“Abby Velez, singer and songwriter, also a Jasonville native and Shakamak graduate, is living her dream of singing and performing. On Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011, Abby opened up the show for the music duo Montgomery Gentry. A Crowd of over 1,000 people poured into the Crystal Palace in Pontiac, IL. Abby & her father, Larry Velez, played that day before country music recording artist, Randy Montana, took the stage, & he was followed by Montgomery Gentry. Abby's songlist included some original tunes, some newer and older covers tunes, as well as some very old classic tunes. After such a great response from the crowd, Abby has been asked to return to the Crystal Palace but as the headliner the next time. After meeting with Montgomery Gentry between their shows, Abby said that Troy Gentry & Eddie Montgomery are both very nice, & only had good things to say to her as well as offer her some really great advice.”

“In the hot seat: Abby Velez Fresh off a big show Saturday in Pontiac, Ill., opening for country music superstars Montgomery Gentry, 20-something Lafayette singer Abby Velez might have finally gotten the break she's been looking for. A native Texan and graduate from Shakamak High School in Jasonville as well as Vincennes University, Velez performs in front of pick-up bands but is looking for a consistent band in Greater Lafayette. A fan of country music since she sang Patsy Cline's classic "Crazy" at the age of 5, Velez might be seen singing in front of a small Indiana town's fall festival or under the bright lights of Nashville, Tenn., where she has performed several times.”

“In & out Just as it did for the Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Summer Bash weekends, Pontiac's Crystal Palace is going all out for Labor Day weekend -- make that, going all inside and out: tonight's big show is under the Palace roof (capacity, 1,019), Saturday's is out back in the football field-and-a-half expanse (capacity, "around 10,000"). Following are the details: Thursday, Sept. 1 (inside) • Headliner: Ted Nugent, about 9:15 p.m. • Openers: Hollywood Dirtbags, 6 p.m. • Doors open: 6 p.m. • Tickets: $35 Saturday, Sept. 3 (outside) • Headliner: Montgomery Gentry, about 8:30 p.m. • Openers: Abby Velez, 2:30 p.m., and Midnight Flyer, 6 p.m. • Doors open: 2 p.m. • Tickets: $30 advance, $35 day of Details • Location: 902 W. Custer Ave. (from B-N, take Exit 201 off I-55, go east to first stop sign, turn right, head south two miles on Illinois 23 to stop sign; go east on Custer Avenue; • Box office: 815-842-1590 • Information: www.pontiaccrystalpalace.com ”