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Jerrod Niemann opens CityPlace country series

Country music fans are known for their loyalty — they'll support almost everybody in the genre. So when officials at CityPlace in West Palm Beach booked a series of three concerts for summer/fall weeknights, you can't blame them for bringing acts with at least a hint of a twang.

And the fourth annual series has some pretty good talent, especially considering admission to the shows is free. Jerrod Niemann ("Lover, Lover," "One More Drinkin' Song") is first up, at 6 p.m. Tuesday. While Niemann's songs play on country radio, he's more the type who appeals to iPod Shuffle crowd, folks who have merged a buffet of various styles of music into one playlist. The 33-year-old Kansas native's 2012 album, "Free the Music," includes wisps of reggae, Dixieland jazz and honky-tonk, in addition to the country and country-rock.

The Samantha Russell Band, a group from Jupiter, will open the show.

Like Niemann, the two other main performers have had some success: Joe Nichols ("Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off," "Gimme That Girl") will play July 24, and Chris Cagle ("What Kinda Gone") will perform Oct. 22.

Other activities going on at the 72-acre shopping-dining-entertainment CityPlace include giveaways by radio station 103.1 FM WIRK and the other usual concert amenities. Call 561-366-1000 or go to

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