Tickets are now on sale for the second annual Night Owl Country Band concert benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project. And this year the band is bringing some big names with them to the Commons’ stage.

John Schneider, of ‘Dukes of Hazard’ fame, and Nashville recording artist Christian Davis will open for Night Owl Country Band at the March 22 show.

Matt Lee, lead singer of Night Owl Country Band, says he reached out to booking agents for several Nashville artists, Schneider’s representative returned Lee’s call and, well, the rest is history.

“I think they realized the concert is for a good cause,” Lee says. “So we worked out a deal.”

It has always been a dream of Lee’s to return to Columbus to perform and bring emerging and established artists with him. Now that his dream has come to fruition the gears are turning for future opportunities and shows, he says.

“This won’t be the first time we do this,” he says. “If all goes well, my plan is for us to have two big shows each year – one will be the Wounded Warrior benefit and the other the Night Owl Halloween Anniversary show.”

Tickets for the show are two-tiered in price. General admission tickets are $25 and meet-and-greet tickets are $50 and guarantee seating in the first five rows, are limited to 100, Lee says. Tickets may be purchased through the Night Owl Country Band web site at

The WWP show will also offer the return of vendors Special Dogs and the Riverfront Taproom, who both did well at the sold out Halloween show in October, Lee says.

Lee says choosing the WWP as the benefiting organization was easy.

"We wanted to give back to veterans somehow,” he says. “And for something that gives back to our soldiers. I was looking at places and the Wounded Warrior Project really piqued my interest.”

Having several military veterans on his father’s side of the family, the importance of organizations like WWP doesn’t go unnoticed.

“It makes us feel good to help an organization that is helping people who have fought for our country and freedom,” Lee says. “Now it is time for us to take care of them.”

Night Owl Country Band’s rhythm guitarist Brett Denney says he hopes this year’s benefit tops last year’s show in both attendance and money raised.

“We raised a lot of money last year,” he says. “I hear how some of the veterans are treated when they return home and I feel that any money raised is good money for a project like Wounded Warrior.”

Denney says after he heard Schneider was opening for the band his first stop was eBay to find some kind of ‘Dukes of Hazard’ memorabilia Schneider could sign.

Staying true to the Batman logo he wears that has become his trademark, Denney found something unique indeed.

“Someone had made a Batmobile and painted it like the General Lee,” Denney says.

Denney downplays any notion of anxiousness as the concert approaches and says he’s done some homework that has helped.

“Since I found out, I’ve followed John’s Facebook page,” he says. “He seems down to earth, so I don’t think I will be too nervous.”

With excitement steadily overriding any nervousness, Denney says he has two hopes for the benefit concert.

“First, that we have a sellout show again, that would be great,” he says. “I would also hope John would invite us up on stage and do a song with us.”