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'Dancin' in the Streets'

City of La Grange to
sponsor concert at Gazebo

The Marlins, The Vinyl Kings
will kick off weekend of fun

By Helene E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

LA GRANGE, Ky. (July 2012) – This year’s headliners for the annual “Dancin’ in the Streets” will be a returning crowd-pleasure, The Marlin’s. Even though this four-brother band has performed off and on at the Friday night event since the mid-1990s, they always bring something new to the stage.
The Marlins group is composed of brothers Gary, Jace, Rick and Robert.
“At festivals such as this one, we always have a good time,” said Gary Marlin, who lives in southern Indiana.

Oldham County Day Schedule

Tuesday, July 17
• Noon at the John W. Black Community Center, 1551 N. Hwy. 393, Buckner: Grand Marshal Luncheon to honor Buddy Head. For tickets call Teresa Kinney at (502) 222-2665 or Paige Weeks at (502) 222-0437. Tickets $12.

Friday, July 20
• “Dancing in the Streets” free concert at Oldham County Courthouse. Sponsored by the City of La Grange. 5:30-7:30 p.m.: The Vinyl Kings.
8-11 p.m.: The Marlins.

Saturday, July 21
• 7-10:30 a.m.: Oldham County Rotary Pancake Breakfast at La Grange City Hall Community Center, 307 W. Jefferson St .
• 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. - 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.

Courthouse Lawn
Noon:
Gunfight at High Noon. Presented by Six Guns.
• 1 p.m.: Oldham County Community Band
• 3 p.m.: Tug of War
• 4 p.m.: Gunfight at High Noon. Presented by Six Guns.

Rob Morris Chapel
• 11:30 a.m.:
Oldham County Singers

East Lawn Stage
• 9 a.m.:
The Weeks Family
• 11:30 a.m.: Scenes from “Annie” by St. Francis School
• 12:30 a.m.: Barefoot Best Friends
• 2 p.m.: Bluegrass Jam
Second Street Gazebo
• 9 a.m.: Oldham County YMCA presents ZUMBA FitnessTM
• 11 a.m.: A Cappella Fellas (barbershop harmony)
• 1:30 a.m.: Allen Lane (country, southern rock)
• 2 p.m.: Benjamin Brainard & La Grange Baptist Worship Band
• 4 p.m.: Cryin’ Wolf

The band has been together professionally for over 30 years. They have played from coast to coast across the United States and Canada.
“There are eight kids in our family,” said Marlin. “We all play an instrument and sing. It’s a full-time job for us.”
Last year the band completed a 56-city tour in four months.
The siblings started their band based on their father’s suggestion. He played a fiddle and appeared on WHAS TV in the 1950s. “Our youngest brother is a musician in Las Vegas. We’re a family of musicians,” said Marlin.
The Marlins include a variety of music in their stage performance, from country and rock to bluegrass. It is the family aspect and variety of music that makes the band unique, Marlin said.
Their repertoire includes the Beach Boys, The Four Seasons and usually “we mix it up, depending on the crowd,” he said.
This past January, the band’s original song, “I Believe in America,” was included to the 9-11 Memorial Museum in New York City.
The Marlins will be this year’s headlining band for Dancin’ in the Streets, scheduled from 8-11 p.m. Friday, July 20. They will perform at the Gazebo on Second Street.
Local favorite, The Vinyl Kings, will open Dancin’ in the Streets at 5:30 p.m. and play until 7:30 p.m. They performed this same event four years ago.
The band is “your classic, four-man set-up, like the Beatles did,” said band member Michael Murphy of Louisville. “We try to keep the show simple.”
Murphy began the band in 1979 under the name, The Oafs. At the time, the band played folksy-type stuff, he said, but quickly learned to do more high-energy entertaining.
Murphy, 56, describes the band’s repertoire as containing a mix of pop hits, ‘60s favorites, and many “popular hits that anybody would know.”
The band has 100 songs that they rotate shows around. The musical atmosphere of 1966 is “the flavor we want to convey,” said Murphy.
Murphy, who is also a farrier, said the band got their start in Oldham County. “When the people I worked for found out that I was in a band, they had us play at parties at their farms.”
By 1999, the band had gotten with a couple of agencies and formed the current model of what we do today, he said.
Growing up, some of Murphy’s favorite performers were the Beatles, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Glen Campbell, and most of the British Invasion bands. He said he is very lucky to get to perform with the other three band members who are “like my brothers. We’re great friends.”
Dancin’ in the Streets is the precursor to the entertainment line-up for Oldham County Day the following day, July 21. The Friday night event is sponsored by the City of La Grange.
There are a couple of different performers for Oldham County Day “that we are really excited about this year,” said Paige Weeks, who serves as entertainment chairperson. The Project Guild of La Grange organizes Oldham County Day each year.
One is a performance by St. Francis Academy in Goshen. Students are working on their own rendition of the musical “Annie,” from which they will perform excerpts. Another addition to this year’s line-up is a Bluegrass Jam in which “anybody can come and bring an instrument,” she said.
A Zumba fitness demonstration will take place early in the day at 9 a.m. This is an exercise class that is “fun to watch and listen to the music,” said Weeks.
The entertainment offerings cover all genres. “We have as wide a variety of things as we can have. Everyone can find something they are interested in.”
Additional entertainment includes Gunfight at High Noon, the Oldham County Community Band, Barefoot Best Friends, Allen Lane (country and southern rock), Benjamin Brainer and the La Grange Baptist Worship Band, Cryin’ Wolf, A Capella Fellas and the Oldham County Singers.

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