Heath Sanders of Ozark, who is considered a rising star in country music, will perform a free concert in Paris on Thursday, April 26.

Sanders’ performance is part of the grand opening of a men and boys clothing store in Paris. JA Outfitters, owned by Beryl and Kristy Ragan of Paris, opened last week. The business is located at 24 North Express Street, across the street from the Logan County Courthouse.

Sanders’ concert will take place from the stage at Eiffel Tower Park from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. In the event of rain, the concert will take place inside the First National Bank Community Center.

Sanders has performed several times in the area, most recently at Stockyard Feed and Grain at the County Line Sale Barn. His performance, like others in the area, drew a sell-out crowd.

Paris Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tonya Baumgartner is expecting a big crowd for the April 26 concert.

“The Ragan’s are paying for his appearance here,” Baumgartner said last week. “We’re going to block off that block of North Express Street for safety issues because we are expecting a big crowd. His concerts in the area have all sold out. Since this one is free, we feel like it will draw a big crowd.”

In addition to the concert, Sanders will do a meet and greet at JA Outfitters, Baumgartner said.

Sanders recently appeared on the Bobbie Bones Show, a nationally syndicated country music show from Nashville. His appearance and performance on the show drew the attention of record companies, who told Sanders he had the makings of a true country artist. His cover of Chris Stapleton’s Either Way went viral and caught the attention of Bones. Sanders recently announced that he’d quit his job working in oilfields to concentrate on country music and is hoping to release Bloodline, a song he wrote, soon. He told the crowd at Stockyard Feed and Grain that he’s booked to perform through October.

The Paris Area Chamber of Commerce has scheduled a ribbon cutting on April 26 to mark the opening of JA Outfitters. The ribbon cutting will take place at the store.