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Classic soft-rock groups Three Dog Night and America will play at Joker Marchant Stadium April 2 at 7 p.m. in a fund-raiser for the Rotary Clubs of Lakeland.

Proceeds from the concert will help build the planned Hernando’s Landing playground at the city of Lakeland’s Lake Parker Park. This concert comes 11 months after the Rotary clubs hosted members of the Beach Boys in a concert at Joker Marchant benefitting  Hernando’s Landing.

Tickets are $69, $55, and $35 and can be purchased starting Friday at 10 a.m. through the stadium website or

Lakeland’s four Rotary Clubs have raised about $130,000 for the playground, according to concert organizer Alyssia Totten. Of that, $99,000 was from last year’s Beach Boys concert, $20,000 from the Child of the Sun jazz festival, and the rest in donations and grants, she said.

The Child of the Sun festival “has been put on hold this year to put all efforts toward completing the fundraising for this project,” she said.

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America combined three-part harmonies and acoustic rock for a sound reminiscent of Crosby Stills Nash and Young. Their eponymous 1971 debut album produced the hits “Horse With No Name” and “I Need You.” Later hits included “Tin Man,” “Lonely People” and “Sister Golden Hair.”

The band is fronted by Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell, two of its three founders. Dan Peek left the group in 1977 and died in 2011.

Three Dog Night also featured three-part harmonies, putting a pop gloss on songs from writers such as Randy Newman, Harry Nilsson and Laura Nyro. They first hit in 1969 with “One,” and topped the charts with “Joy to the World,” “Mama Told Me Not to Come” and “Black and White.”

Danny Hutton is the only member of the original lineup still performing with the band; co-founder Cory Wells died last October, and Chuck Negron left the band in 1985.

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