in the Park'
Old Guitar to perform
classic rock at Madison's
Ind., band performs
up to 30 concerts a year
Helen E. McKinney
(August 2011) Classic rock fans will want
to hear the Madison Main Street Programs Music in the Park
featured band for August, This Old Guitar. If you like music from the
60s and 70s, this band will take you back to a different
era with their version of cover songs, while also performing current
hits and original tunes.
This Old Guitar Band has four members who perform 30 concerts
a year in private venues, said member Larry McDonald. All
of us grew up playing music.
All band members grew up in Seymour, Ind., and include McDonald, Mike
Gerth, Steve Langlais and John Hill. Gerth and Hill write many of the
bands original songs.
The band formed eight years ago with inquiries to hire musicians. Gerth
and McDonald teamed up first to perform cover songs and later added
Langlais and Hill as the demand for additional concerts increased.
This will be the first time the the band has performed in Madison. The
band is based out of This Old Guitar Specialty Music Store in Seymour.
McDonald runs the store.
One of McDonalds biggest influences was John Mellencamp, because
I was Johns drummer through 1970 and was featured in Johns
biography on A&E, a cable network show, he said.
This Old Guitar will perform at Music in the Park from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Aug. 12 at the Broadway Fountain on Madisons Main Street. This
free family concert is part of a monthly series that kicked off on June
10 with the Dixieland Band.
A lot of communities do this sort of thing, said Gerry Reilly,
who chairs Music in the Park. Reilly is also a member of the Madison
Main Street Project and Site Manager of the Lanier Mansion State Historic
Site. Larger communities have them every week.
Reilly said the concert series began in 1994, before he joined the organizational
team. It is sponsored by the Madison Main Street Program along with
the financial support of sponsors that includes the Indiana Arts Commission,
City of Madison and various Madison-area businesses and friends.
Music in the Park provides a variety of different musical performers.
We try to get a mix of soft rock, bluegrass, country rock and
even specialty or traditional groups. One year we had a Celtic group
perform, said Reilly. Last years lineup included a tropical
rock (trop-rock), Jimmy Buffett style band.
Not all performers are local, but many are regional artists who may
be from Louisville, Indianapolis or Lexington. Normally, we have
about 200 attend these concerts, said Reilly. Last months
act, the Jimmy Davis Band, drew a crowd of 340 people.
The Music in the Park concerts are held the second Friday in June, July,
August and September. The last concert falls during the Madison Chautauqua
Festival of Art and is sponsored by the festival itself. This concert
is usually performed by The Doctors Band, an act Reilly labeled
a big draw. We have close to 500 attend.
For more information, contact the Madison
Main Street Program at www.MadisonMainStreet.com
or (812) 265-3270.
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