BuffaloJam! Jamestown event to feature country, rock music
Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, Tigirlily Gold among performers at 2-day August event.
JAMESTOWN — Starship featuring Mickey Thomas will perform at BuffaloJam!, which is scheduled at the Stutsman County Fairgrounds on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 25-26, said organizer Brad Gabrielson.
Gabrielson is excited about the musical talent lined up for the two-day event to raise money to help people with disabilities.
“... I really want to thank the (Stutsman County) fair board for helping us because we’re going to have it on the midway, so that’s exciting as well,” he said.
The Polly Ann Neumiller Memorial Organization LLC, doing business as the GiveAbility Organization, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is holding the event, which will feature Nashville Country Day on Aug. 25 and Rock Day on Aug. 26.
“I think Jamestown’s starving for a concert like this,” Gabrielson said.
Funds raised will help GiveAbility in providing things not covered by insurance to individuals living with a disability, according to its website, https://giveability.net/ . That includes all-terrain wheelchairs, service dogs and wheelchair ramps.
“My goal on this Earth, I believe, is to help the disabled be as independent as possible,” Gabrielson said.
The musical talent on Nashville Country Day includes Tigirlily Gold, Tyler Reese Tritt, who is Travis Tritt’s daughter, Old Friends of Jamestown and the Dan Brekke Band.
On Rock Day, in addition to Starship, Second Helping: The American Lynyrd Skynyrd Show and Tripwire are scheduled to perform.
The musical event is from 2 p.m. to midnight each day, Gabrielson said, and camping will be available. Vendors are planned and the beer garden will be open.
Gabrielson said BuffaloJam! is also a way to honor his late fiancee, Polly Neumiller, for whom the Polly Ann Neumiller Memorial Organization is named. Her birthday is Aug. 26, one of the selected dates for the event, Gabrielson noted. She died in 2015.
“A lot of people knew Polly,” he said. “She was a person who would … do anything for a person. She was my personal attendant and she … helped other people too (as a caregiver). So when she passed away, I thought that’s one way to keep … her memory alive. She used to be a hairdresser, too, so I think people know her through that well.”
Gabrielson was born with cerebral palsy.
“She helped me for 30 years,” he told The Sun in 2020. “We were together for 30 years, we raised two kids together.”
Cerebral palsy is a group of disorders that affects a person’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Cases can be mild to severe and symptoms can vary in people.
Gabrielson said BuffaloJam! is planned to be an annual event in Neumiller’s memory to help individuals with disabilities.
My goal on this Earth, I believe, is to help the disabled be as independent as possible.
Tickets for the event, camping reservations and sponsorship information are available at BuffaloJamND.com. Concert tickets may be purchased for a single day ($70 general admission) or both days ($100 general admission) with VIP opportunities for seating, parking and food. Meet-and-greet opportunities with Mickey Thomas and Tigirlily Gold are also available for purchase. BuffaloJam! T-shirts, sweatshirts and hats made by 701 Apparel may be also purchased through the website.
Gabrielson said they continue to look for more sponsors for the event. People may also contribute any size gift to GiveAbility at https://giveability.net/ , at Gate City Bank or through BuffaloJamND.com.
If you go
When: Aug. 25-26, 2 p.m. to midnight each day
Where: Stutsman County Fairgrounds
Aug. 25: Tigirlily Gold, Tyler Reese Tritt, Old Friends, Dan Brekke Band
Aug. 26: Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, The American Lynrd Skynyrd Show - 2nd Helping, Tripwire
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