South Oldham Lions Club
add car show, sock hop
Nervous Melvin & the Mistakes
to headline activities
Crestwood, Ky. (June 2014) – For more than 30 years, Nervous Melvin & the Mistakes have entertained local crowds with their high energy oldies rock n’ roll dance band. They are the quintessential cover band, with a few original tunes tucked under their sleeves.
Managed by Triangle Talent Inc., Nervous Melvin & the Mistakes perform hits by the Beatles, The Temptations, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, U2, Elvis Costello and the Rolling Stones.
Louisville-based Nervous Melvin & the Mistakes play a wide variety of dance songs from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s.
The band was formed at Centre College in the early 1980s by Charles B. Bensenhaver III, who sings vocals. Joined by three other students, the band quickly gained a loyal following on the college circuit. Over the years, the band has become a staple of the Louisville music scene.
The band is made up of Dennis N. Ledford (guitar), Joseph Scott Lanford (drums) and Donald Watson (bass guitar). Nervous Melvin & the Mistakes will be performing at the South Oldham Lion’s Club’s Crestwood Festival from 7-10 p.m. Saturday, June 21. The free festival will be held at the South Oldham School Campus, 5901 Veteran’s Memorial Pkwy. in Crestwood. Festival hours are from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. There will be a Salute to Armed Forces Members at 9:45 a.m.
There will also be activities for the entire family to enjoy. Children’s activities include KaZoing Bounces, Kentuckiana Barrel Train, face painters and balloon artists. There will also be arts and crafts booths and food, said festival committee chairman Koss Kinser. All outdoor activities will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Nervous Melvin & the Mistakes will perform in the South Oldham High School auditorium during a sock hop, another new addition to this year’s event. Doors will open at 6 p.m.
“This is the first time for the concert and dance,” said South Oldham Lion’s Club member Dudley Thompson, who is organizing the music portion of the festival. “Nervous Melvin & the Mistakes have been in Louisville and the surrounding area for a long time. They’ve played the Riverfront, Abbey Road and recently at Smith Berry Winery.”
Tickets for the sock hop are $15 per couple or $10 per person, and are available for purchase through South Oldham Lion’s Club members.
Music for the Crestwood Festival also includes the Jordan Bales Band and Suzie-Q from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. This festival is a fundraising event for the Lion’s Club, said member Bob Pace. There is a $5 per carload parking fee.
Since 1948, the vision of the South Oldham Lions Club has always been to raise funding for local charities and provide community service. The club actively aids the blind and visually impaired in many different ways.
In the past, turnout for the festival has been between 3,000 and 5,000 people, Pace said. “We’re looking for many more this year.”
Another new addition this year is that of a car show. New member Paul Croak is organizing this portion of the festival in the hope that it will “bring more people to the festival.”
Croak said car shows generally bring in more people with cars and people who want to see what it’s all about. Croak said he invited approximately 20 area car clubs and visited six car shows trying to spread the word about the festival.
“The car show is open to all cars,” said Croak. Known as a Wash ‘n Shine Car Show, there are several categories on which to vote, with the winner receiving a trophy. Votes will be cast by popularity. “All cars, motorcycles and tractors are welcome,” he said.
Registration is $10 per car. When registered, participants automatically qualify for a $200 cash drawing.
Croak said he joined the club because it is something he had always dreamed about doing. His father joined the club and talked about the good thinks the club always did, convincing Croak he should join.
• For more information, contact festival committee chairman Koss Kinser at (502) 241-9456 or visit: www.SouthOldhamLions.org.
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