Music in the Park
Old Guitar band
to kick off concert series
signed by Mellencamp
to be raffled at June event
(June 2012) How does a guy from Seymour, Ind.,
parlay a part-time job into a bustling career as musician and businessman?
Larry McDonald found a good start came from spending his teen years
playing with John Mellencamp.
McDonald, of This Old Guitar music store and band, said, I grew
up at a time when there was a garage band on every block. John formed
a band, and I was his drummer. We played together in Seymour until he
left for Detroit. I opted to stay behind.
in the Park
7-9 p.m. at the Broadway Fountain, Madison, Ind.
This Old Guitar (light rock)
July 13: Dust Radio (acoustic and blues)
Aug. 10: TDark Moll (Irish)
Sept. 14: Bacchanal (carribean, calypso, reggae,
Sept. 29: The Doctors Band (rock)
McDonald quickly notes he has never regretted his decision
and remains good friends with Mellencamp. While Mellencamp went on to
a hugely successful recording career, McDonald pursued his love of music
on Seymours local scene.
As part of that pursuit, McDonald opened This Old Guitar music store
to offer instruments and lessons as a part-time side business. The store
took off. Barely able to keep up, McDonald has expanded to offer sales
and lessons in more than a dozen instruments as his full-time focus.
Customers then started asking McDonald if he knew of a band to play
for a wedding reception or party. McDonald pulled together some friends
from his garage days and formed The Old Guitar Band.
Like the store, the band kept growing and now features: Larry McDonald
(drums), Steve Langlais, (guitar and vocals), John Hill, (bass and vocals),
Dave Gray (lead guitar and vocals) and Greg McDonald, Larrys son
(vocals). They play more than 30 concerts per year.
Madisonians will enjoy the fruits of McDonalds labors as This
Old Guitar kicks off Madison Music in the Park. The concert series begins
June 8 and runs every second Friday throughout September. Weather permitting,
the concerts take place at the Broadway Fountain Park. The rain location
is Eggleston Elementary School. A bonus finale concert on Saturday,
Sept. 29, is sponsored by the Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art winds
up Chautauqua and features local favorite, The Doctors Band. All
concerts begin at 7 p.m.
Gerry Reilly, site manager for Lanier Mansion and coordinator of the
Music in the Park, notes the concert series is part of the larger Madison
Main Street Program to promote the heritage and economic prosperity
of Madison businesses.
The relaxed atmosphere creates a family-friendly atmosphere. Attendees
simply wander onto the lawn with lawn chairs or blankets and sit to
enjoy great music. The open setting allows people to come and go as
Reilly said he hopes the concerts will bring people downtown for great
music and then remind attendees of all the other benefits of living
McDonald touts those benefits. Madison is incredibly beautiful.
The people are so kind. We absolutely love playing Madison. Its
one of our favorite venues. We cant wait to get back there.
The band plays popular tunes from the 1960s through the present. Favorites
include Your Life is Now, Against the Wind,
Under the Boardwalk, Drift Away in
short songs from every era. If you stick around, youll find
you know half the songs we play, says McDonald. Sometimes the
songs reflect the bands personal history.
A favorite tune, Fairlane Blond, written by band member
Langlais, recalls his encounter with a beautiful blond during his teen
years. In Seymour, teens would scoop the loop, spending
their summer evenings driving a loop around downtown Seymour. Langlais
noticed a pretty, young blond driving a Ford Fairlane and stepped into
the road to get her attention. According to the song, she floored
that Ford a cute blond that tried to run over me.
Evidently Langlais succeeded in getting pretty blonds attention.
Shes now his wife.
In addition to great music, McDonald brings a bonus to the concert.
As part of the campaign to promote Madison, McDonald is donating a guitar
signed by Mellencamp to be raffled during the intermission of the June
8 concert. Those desiring a chance at the guitar can purchase tickets
ahead of time at Art on Main or can purchase them at the fountain the
night of the concert. The raffle initiates a Buy Local campaign.
Reilly said he hopes the guitar raffle, along with T-shirts, banners
and cards to be given away during the concert, will encourage people
to support local businesses and keep local economy growing.
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