Music to highlight Lyndon Festival
The Moonshine Millionaires
to headline music stage
LYNDON, Ky. (June 2013) – With a song list that includes “Midnight Rider,” “Fishin in the Dark” and “Brown Eyed Girl,” the Moonshine Millionaires are a crowd pleaser wherever they perform. Whether its blues, rock-a-billy or country music, this band delivers an electric performance that fans say is worth seeing.
The Moonshine Million-aires will be the Saturday night headlining act for the Lyndon Summer Festival. The festival is sure to be “bigger and better this year,” said organizer Ellen Wade.
The Louisville Economic Chamber of Commerce (LOU-E) and the City of Lyndon are presenting this event from 4-10 p.m. on Friday, June 7, and from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 8. This free two-day event will be held at Robison Park (behind the Post Office on La Grange Rd.).
The Moonshine Millionaires
includes (front row from left)
Chris Dowell, Kirk Mays and
Jason Smith, (back row from left) Bryan Burgin and Chaz Embry.
Each member of Moonshine Millionaires brings an original quality to the band. Lead vocalist and guitar player Kirk Mays, is a Lexington, Ky., native known for his powerful rock-a-billy, blues inspired voice. His most notable influences have been George Strait, Dwight Yoakam, Garth Brooks, Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder.
Mays is also a songwriter who derives inspiration from simple, everyday living. He has been quoted as saying, “Music is who I am. At its core, music is just life put to a melody.”
Lead guitarist Chris Dowell discovered country music when he found a box of Buck Owen and Dwight Yoakam cassettes under his grandfather’s bed after his grandfather died.
Dowell has opened for such country music stars as Craig Morgan, Brantley Gilbert and Tyler Bryant. He has played at the most famous Honkytonk in the world, Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge in Nashville, Tenn., the University of Alabama, Headliner’s Music Hall, and was the season opener for Hot Country Nights on 4th St. Live! sponsored by WAMZ.
Bryan Burgin plays rhythm guitar and sings vocals for the Moonshine Millionaires. He is a founding member of the band “Edgewood,” and the writer of all of their original material.
He has headlined the WAMZ Hot Country Nights series two years in a row. Burgin has had his original music featured while opening up for Tyler Bryant and Brantley Gilbert. The Moonshine Millionaires is his latest project.
As unique as his name implies, Buckshot George plays bass for the band. He hails from the Phoenix, Arizona music scene and performed with punk rock legend Jeff Dahl for eight years.
Buckshot George has played with an eclectic mix of musicians, including the cowpunk band The Earps, shock rocker Texas Terri Laird, country/blues artist Jim Bachmann and glam rockers Vinyl .45.
In addition to music, the Lyndon Summer Festival will feature a parade, more than 45 vendors made up of a combination of small businesses and arts and crafts, a Kids’ Village sponsored by Kosair Charities, carnival rides, Beer Garden sponsored by Anheuser-Bush, barbecue by the Lyndon Elks Club, and a food court with various food vendors such as Value Market, which will be serving chicken, rib eyes, hot dogs, roast corn. Gelato Gilberto will provide cold treats. The parade will step off at 11 a.m. Saturday on Ormsby Lane.
The Lyndon Summer Festival will culminate with a fireworks display by Zambelli Fireworks, beginning at approximately 9:30 p.m. Saturday. This is the same company that is responsible for providing the fireworks for Thunder Over Louisville. Guests are urged to bring lawn chairs.
One reason Wade believes the festival will be more successful this year is because “LOU-E is involved in promoting it.” As of Jan. 1, the North East Louisville Business Association and the Lyndon Area Business Association merged to form the new Lou-E Chamber of Commerce (Lou-E).
The Lyndon Summer Festival has actually taken place in Lyndon since 1989, and more than 2,000 local residents are expected to attend this year.
Sponsors include Ditsler Nationwide Insurance, Lazer Blaze and the City of Lyndon. A huge raffle will be held with proceeds donated to Eastern Area Community Ministries.
“There is a lot to do at the festival,” Wade said.
Live music will also be a part of the festival both days, sponsored by Metro City Council members Marilyn Parker, Kelly Downard, Glen Stuckel and Ken Fleming. In between musical sets, different performing groups such as marital arts, dance troops, a storyteller, and kids’ band are scheduled to take the stage, said Ashley Maier.
Maier is responsible for planning the Kids’ Zone area of the festival. This area is sponsored by Lazer Blaze and will include inflatables, kids’ vendors, games and pony rides. “Lazer Blaze is one of our major sponsors. They really care about the community,” she said.
River City Arena will have a soccer net set up and different mascots, such as the Chick Fillet cow, will be on hand to entertain children, said Maier.
When it came to organizing the festival, “people have really stepped up this year,” Maier said. This is an event that is “organized around families.”
• For more information visit www.lou-e.org, www.CityofLyndon.org/LyndonSummerFestival.htm or contact Sonja Grey at (502) 339-9115.
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