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On Thursday, July 3rd, Matthew and Gunnar Nelson will perform a free Independence Day concert for the Flag City Freedom Celebration at Navy Lake in Millington.

It's been 18 years since the platinum-tressed twin sons of the original teen idol Ricky Nelson (and grandsons of bandleader/TV innovator Ozzie Nelson) made pop-culture history when their debut single "(I Can't Live Without Your) Love & Affection" went to number-one on the pop charts and earned a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for the only family in the history of recorded music to score chart-topping singles over three successive generations. Unfortunately, it would be the Nelson brothers' only American hit. Gunnar stepped back into the spotlight (sorta) in 2005 when he replaced the drug-damaged former Taxi star Jeff Conway on Celebrity Fit Club. In recent years, the band, which continues to enjoy some success abroad, has been rocking a ship for Royal Caribbean cruise lines.

Although it doesn't cost anything to attend the Nelsons' musical tribute to their father, an early rockabilly musician and country-rock pioneer, anybody willing and able to part with $1,000 can become the Nelsons' personal assistants for the day and hang with the band before and after the show.

The Flag City Freedom Celebration also features fireworks and carnival rides. Gates open at 5 pm. Picnics are encouraged. For additional information, call 874-5555.

Flag City Celebration, Navy Lake in Millington, Thursday, July 3rd, 5 p.m.

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