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THE PALACE AND ADMINISTRATOR EARN NOMINATIONS FOR TOP HONORS FROM THE COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION

 THE PALACE AND ADMINISTRATOR EARN NOMINATIONS FOR TOP HONORS
 FROM THE COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION
 AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Sept. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The Palace of Auburn Hills and Tom Trzos, director of facility administration/bookings for The Palace and New Pine Knob, have received nominations for top national honors from the Country Music Association. A select panel of CMA judges nominated The Palace for Venue of the Year, and Trzos, who books shows for The Palace and New Pine Knob via Glass Palace Promotions, Inc., for Talent Buyer/Promoter of the Year.
 Venue of the Year nominations were awarded to five facilities which have contributed the most to the advancement of country music by providing an environment conducive to great performances through good acoustics, professional management, patron accommodations and backstage comfort and hospitality. Talent Buyer/Promoter of the Year nominations were given to five individuals who contributed the most to country music through creative artist packaging, new artist development and producing new and creative country promotions.
 "We take great pride in being nominated by the CMA," said Trzos. "We've worked very hard to establish The Palace as one of the nation's premier country venues and Glass Palace, Inc. among the nation's top country promoters. We're extremely appreciative of the support country fans in the Detroit area have given to the shows we've scheduled."
 Other facilities up for Venue of the Year include The Grand Palace Theatre, Branson, Mo.; The Greek Theatre, Los Angeles; Lanierland, Cumming, Ga.; and Valley Forge Music Fair, Devon, Pa. The remaining Talent Buyer/Promoter of the Year nominees are Joe Gehl, The Gehl Group, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Jim McCormick, Music Fair Promotions, Devon, Pa.; George Moffett, Variety Attractions, Zanesville, Ohio; and Bob Romeo, Don Romeo Agency, Omaha, Neb.
 The winners will be announced Oct. 10 at a special awards banquet and show held in conjunction with the CMA's Entertainment Expo SRO '92, in Nashville, Tenn.
 The list of country shows to appear at The Palace in the last 12 months includes Clint Black, Aaron Tippin, Little Texas and Billy Dean (15,000-plus), George Jones, Conway Twitty and Lorrie Morgan (13,000- plus), Randy Travis, Alan Jackson and Trisha Yearwood (sellout/18,000- plus), Oak Ridge Boys and Marie Osmond Christmas Show (11,000-plus), and Juice Newton, Forester Sisters, Robin Lee, Linda Davis and DeAnna Cox, as part of Glass Palace's innovative Horizon Show series.
 Developed by Trzos, the Horizon Show series is designed to showcase the country's brightest young stars as well as help older stars re-establish themselves. The series is named after the CMA's prestigious Horizon Award, which honors the artist or artists who for the first time demonstrated the most significant growth and development. Last Year, Travis Tritt appeared in a Horizon Show at The Palace in April and eventually won the CMA's 1991 Horizon Award.
 Tritt will return to the Detroit area along with Charlie Daniels, Tanya Tucker, Marty Stuart and Mark O'Connor to perform at New Pine Knob this Friday, Sept. 4, as part of the Summertime Country Jam. A tribute to Glass Palace's strong country reputation, New Pine Knob is one of only three venues in the country scheduled to feature this headlining bill of top performers.
 Capping off a successful summer season of country music at New Pine Knob will be a Horizon Show on Sept. 19 featuring Shelly West, Jeannie C. Riley, Becky Hobbs, Robin Lee and DeAnna Cox. Additional country acts to appear at New Pine Knob this season include Hank Williams Jr., John Anderson, Joe Diffie, Collin Raye, Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, Ronnie Milsap and Don Williams.
 The Palace and New Pine Knob are owned and operated by partners William Davidson, David Hermelin and Robert Sosnick of Arena Associates, Inc. Voted "Arena of the Year' the past three years, The Palace hosts approximately 185 events annually and has attracted more than 9.5 million patrons to date. In its second year under management of The Palace, the New Pine Knob is one of the country's most successful and busiest amphitheaters.
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 /CONTACT: Marilyn Desjardins or Scott Heitman of The Palace, 313-377-8204/ CO: Arena Associates, Inc. ST: Michigan IN: ENT SU:


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