Backyard Concert Series

Leo Night to open 2016 series at Gen. Butler State Resort Park

Monthly concerts are sponsored
by Friends of Butler group

2016 Backyard Concert Series

• May 28: Leo Night & Nobody’z Bizzness
• June 18: Nick Dittmeier & the Sawdusters
• July 16: Whiskey Bent Valley Boys
• Aug. 20: Walnut Street Rhythm & Blues
• All concerts are from 7-9 p.m. and free admission at the Butler-Turpin House at Gen. Butler State Resort Park, Carrollton, Ky. Bring chairs or blankets. Food vendors available.

• Information: (502) 732-4384

CARROLLTON, Ky. (May 2016) – Leo Night has shared the stage with many different national attractions. He now lends his mix of rhythm and blues and rock n’ roll talents to Leo Night and Nobody’z Bizzness, performing at many different local venues.
Night traveled at one time with the Ohio Players, one of the top funk bands of the mid-1970s. Organized in Dayton, Ohio, in 1959 as the Ohio Untouchables, the group had a distinct sound from the beginning.
The group will be the opening act for the 2016 Backyard Concert Series held at Gen. Butler State Resort Park in Carrollton, Ky., located at 1608 U.S. Hwy. 227. Leo Night and Nobody’z Bizzness will perform from 7-9 p.m. Saturday, May 28, on the back yard of the Butler-Turpin State Historic House, located inside the park.
Known for its trademark bottom-heavy, horn-driven sound, the group was best known for its songs “Fire” and “Love Rollercoaster.” Their diverse, highly original music was steeped in Midwestern blues and influenced a number of contemporary funk and soul groups, including Leo Night.
Leo Night and Nobody’z Bizzness bring a sound all of their own to the stage, a combination of Motown, Funk and rhythm and blues. They create a vibe that gets the crowd going, harkening back to the music of The Temptations, the Rolling Stones, Marvin Gaye and James Brown.
Their repertoire includes “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg,” “Cupid,” “Heard It Thru the Grapevine,” “Louie, Louie,” “Mustang Sally” and “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay.” Members of Nobody’z Bizzness have performed with such big name stars as Gladys Knight, Jerry Lee Lewis, the Delfonics, Roy Head and Frankie Ford.
The free concert series in Carrollton is presented by the non-profit Friends of Butler. “We were organized to help the park,” said Friends of Butler member Deborah Garrett. The group was established in 1994 and also offers tours of the house May 23 through Nov. 2 on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Friends of Butler “brings lots of different people into town,” said Garrett. Of the many different events the group organizes is an annual New Year’s Eve Dinner & Dance. They have also helped with a mini golf course.
Although some seating will be available, Garrett said people might want to bring their own chairs and blankets. A cash bar will be available as well.
At the first concert last year, 300 people attended, said Garrett. They come from all over the area, some locally and a lot come from the campgrounds at Gen. Butler State Resort Park. “Some bands have a following that come with them,” she said.
The Backyard Concert Series is sponsored by Carrollton-Carroll County Tourism and Earl Floyd Ford. Past performers include the Sonny Moorman Group (blues), Kentucky Blue (bluegrass) and Carrollton favorite, Kevin Stonerock.
Always a favorite with the audience, Leo Night and Nobody’z Bizzness were part of last year’s series lineup.
Garrett said another project begun by the group is a Friends of Butler Learning Garden, next to the Commonwealth Garden located at the park. The group has worked with Boy and Girl Scout Troops, and Big Brother, Big Sister on this large community project.
In addition to the Butler-Turpin Mansion (built 1859), Gen. Butler State Resort Park also features a campground, trails, the Two Rivers Restaurant and lodging in the Butler Lodge. The latter facility contains 53 rooms featuring a private balcony or patio overlooking a pool or the wooded hillside.
The hilltop resort is located at the confluence of the Ohio and Kentucky Rivers. The Butlers were a prominent military family and the park is named for Gen. William Orlando Butler (1791-1880).

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