Dancin' in the Streets

Cincinnati rockabilly band
headlines free concert

Variety of entertainment scheduled
for Oldham County Day

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

LA GRANGE, Ky. (July 2011) – As a precursor to Oldham County Day entertainment, Dancin’ in the Streets will not disappoint attendees this year. A local tradition, this free outdoor concert is sure to please all ages with its Cincinnati headliner.
Blair Carman and the Belleview Boys will bring their brand of rock-n-roll to La Grange from 8-11 p.m. on Friday, July 15, for the annual Dancin’ in the Streets concert. This authentic 1950s style band is reminiscent of Jerry Lee Lewis and boasts a massive repertoire which they will perform at the Second Street Gazebo on the Oldham County Courthouse Square.

Oldham County Day Parade

File photo by Darrel Taylor

Dancin’ in the Streets will kick off
the Oldham County Day, which
includes an annual parade.

Included in their selections will be original songs as well as classics initially performed by such music greats as Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Hank Williams and many more. Their sound is an eclectic mix of rockabilly, honky-tonk and boogie woogie.
Front man Carman is a piano player and singer who packs a powerful punch on stage. He will be accompanied by some of the Midwest’s best rock-n-rollers on guitar, bass, drums and vocals.
Opening for Blair Carman and the Belleview Boys from 5:30-7:30 p.m. will be local talent, the Doo-Wop All-Stars. This popular group of “60-somethings” are Louisville music legends who regularly perform at John E’s Restaurant with Barb and Eddie.
Doo-Wop is a form of entertainment that began in the late 1950s as a mix of gospel and southern blues. The Doo-Wop All-Stars will perform at Dancin’ in the Streets with special guest singer Diane Kurstner of the Mystics.

Oldham County Day Schedule
Preliminary Events

Friday, July 15
• 7 p.m.
at Covenant United Methodist Church, 909 W. Jefferson St.: 33rd annual YMCA 1 mile and 5K run. To register, call the Oldham County YMCA at (502) 222-9358.

Tuesday, July 12
• Noon
at the John W. Black Community Center, 1551 N. Hwy. 393, Buckner: Grand Marshal Luncheon to honor Jean Schumm. For tickets call Teresa Kinney at (502) 222-2665 or Paige Weeks at (502) 222-0437
Tickets $12.

Friday, July 15
• Dancing in the Streets
free concert at Oldham County Courthouse. Sponsored by the City of La Grange. 5:30-7:30 p.m.: Doo Wop All Stars.
8-11 p.m.: Blair Carman and the Belleview Boys. This is a 1950s style rock-n-roll band. Food venders open for dinner or snacks.

Saturday, July 16
• 7-10:30 a.m.:
Oldham County Rotary Pancake Breakfast at La Grange City Hall Community Center.
• 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Children’s games & Carnival (3-12 years old) at the La Grange Christian Church (side lawn facing Hwy. 53), 214 N. First St. Meet Buddy Bat from noon to 1 p.m.

Second Street Gazebo
9 a.m.:
Allen Lane (country and southern rock).
10: a.m.: Oldham County Day Parade. The parade begins at Immaculate Conception Church, turns left onto Hwy. 146 (Jefferson Street) at La Grange Elementary, turns right on to Walnut Street and right on to Main Street.
11 a.m.: Unveiled (contemporary Christian).
Noon: “Gunfight at High Noon,” presented by Six Guns.

On the Courthouse Lawn.
12:30 p.m.:
A Cappella Fellas (barbershop harmony).
1 p.m.: Oldham County Community Band directed by Brad Rogers. On the Courthouse Lawn.
2 p.m.: Christian Country Cowboy Church
3 p.m.: Second Annual Tug of War, followed by Gunfight. On the Courthouse Lawn. Local fire department and law enforcement agencies will battle for the championship trophy
4 p.m.: Phos Church (Christian music).

East Lawn Stage
11 a.m.:
Clinton Spaulding, Oldham County Idol Winner
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Living Statues
12:30 p.m.: Barefoot Best Friends (Celtic and folk music)
1 p.m.: Oldham County Band
2 p.m.: Oldham County YMCA presents ZUMBA FITNESS TM
4 p.m.: Legacy (oldies and country music)

This group often performs locally at corporate events, private parties, class and family reunions, and fundraising dances. Their sound takes one back to a nostalgic time when street corner harmonies were the norm.
Oldham County Day organizers wanted to try something different this year for the Dancin’ in the Streets lineup, while keeping that 1950s feel, said Paige Weeks. Weeks is a member of Project Guild of La Grange, which sponsors Oldham County Day every year.
Dancin’ in the Streets is a good way to kick off Oldham County Day, Weeks said. “We have several new performers this year that the crowds haven’t heard before.”
New to the lineup will be a Gunfight at High Noon presented by Six Guns Entertainment. “Members have close ties to the local Cowboy Church,” said Weeks. “We heard about them and thought it would be something great to have this year.”
Most performers are local entertainers for Oldham County Day, she said. “And of course we always have the Oldham County Community Band,” which will be directed by Brad Rogers.
An event organizers are looking forward to is the second annual Tug-of-War, scheduled for 3 p.m. on the Courthouse Lawn. This will be held between the La Grange Fire Department and law enforcement personnel. A traveling trophy is awarded, last year’s winner being the fire department.
In addition to Dancin’ in the Streets, a YMCA 1 Mile and 5K run will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, July 15. The run will begin and end at Covenant United Methodist Church on 909 W. Jefferson St.
Oldham County Day will kick off on Saturday, July 16, with a Rotary-sponsored Pancake Breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the La Grange City Hall Community Center. The annual Parade takes place at 10 a.m. and entertainment, booths and food vendors are open around the Courthouse Square form 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Food vendors will also be open for dinner and snacks during Dancin’ in the Streets.
Additional entertainment will be in the form of children’s games and a carnival in the side lawn facing Hwy. 53 at the La Grange Christian Church located at 214 N. First St. Different games will be offered from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Buddy Bat will be at this site from noon to 1 p.m.

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