- Associated Press - Saturday, May 21, 2016

COMSTOCK, Neb. (AP) - After a six-year hiatus, the Comstock Music Festival is set to return this summer to central Nebraska.

The two-day concert is set for July 23-24, according to a news release issued Friday, the Grand Island Independent reported (https://bit.ly/1RfMi30 ). Scheduled bands include Jackyl, Randall Zwarte Band, Collin Raye and the Charlie Daniels Band, with more announcements to come.

Henry Nuxoll founded the music festivals near Comstock in 2000, which included the country music-themed Comstock Windmill Festival, Comstock Rock and the Christian-themed Godstock. The festivals pulled in thousands of people over the years. Past performers included Martina McBride, Jason Aldean, Sugarland, Rascal Flatts, Def Leppard, ZZ Top, Alice Cooper, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Peter Frampton, Ted Nugent, Michael W. Smith, Mercy Me and Third Day.

But Nuxoll ran into financial trouble in 2008. He pleaded guilty that year to writing bad checks to vendors and was ordered to serve four years’ probation and pay nearly $100,000 in restitution.

Other entities took over in the following years, most recently holding the Comstock or Bust Music Festival in 2010. Concerts planned in 2011 never occurred, leaving many fans who purchased tickets frustrated with a lack of information and difficulty receiving refunds.

On the revived concert’s website, Nuxoll and his Comstock Festival Co. are listed as contacts.

The news release notes that the original festivals were conceived with the mission of restoring 2nd Wind Ranch’s windmill collection, Longwood country school house and a house built by a homesteader.

“The goal of this new concert series is to continue the original mission and to pay back those who are still owed,” the news release said.

More information on tickets and campsites can be found online at www.comstockisback.com , via email at festivals@comctockisback.com or by calling 308-628-4108.

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Information from: The Grand Island Independent, https://www.theindependent.com

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