Bedford Bash

Bogard brings new band ‘Dirty South’
to annual event

The bank-sponsored event has grown over its 28 years

BEDFORD, Ky. (August 2017) – The town of Bedford, Ky., is getting ready to shut off the side streets for the 28th annual Bedford Bash street dance and car show.
Josh Bogard & the Dirty South will fill the Bedford streets with music for the Bash at 7 p.m. on Aug. 25.
Band leader Chris Roberts has played the event before as a member of another band, Six Miles South.
Band members hail from Decatur, Spencer and Jefferson counties in Kentucky.
“We are mostly modern country, with some classics,” said Roberts. “We play some rock, but mostly newer country. We also have quite a few originals.”
The originals are a team effort. “Our lead singer writes the songs, but we come up with the music,” Roberts added. “The whole band collaborates.”
Both Bogard and Roberts play guitar and sing. Other band members include Greg White on rhythm guitar, but he also plays some lead. On the drums is Rick Mathis. The band is rounded out by Scott Douglas on bass guitar.

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Josh Bogard & the Dirty South band includes Chris Roberts, Greg White, Rick Mathis, Scott Douglas and Bogard. Roberts was formerly with Six Miles South.

The band recently made an appearance on WHAS TV’s “Great Day Live.” Roberts said he is proud of the places he has played in the Louisville area.
“I have played at Jim Porter’s and Phoenix Hill,” he said. “These are places I have played several times, but they don’t exist anymore.”
A street dance is a different environment than an urban hot spot, like Porters or Phoenix Hill.
“The Bedford Bash is a family atmosphere,” said Roberts. “It is a good crowd and cool cars with good people. I’ve always enjoyed it.”
“We are excited to have the Josh Bogard band because they were members of the Six Mile South band that played here before,” said event coordinator April Craig, also a bank employee. She wasn’t around when another Bedford Bank staff member, Jon Dunlap, organized the first event in 1993.
“It has expanded to be more of a community event,” said Dunlap. “There were only 10 businesses taking part back then. Now there are 45. It has really grown.”
Dunlap has been at the bank through all the growth of the Bash.
“The first band was Payne Crafton,” he recalls. “There is always music, door prizes and gifts, and we sell T-shirts to support our Youth in Need Christmas party.”
The bank used to have a shirt design contest, but in recent years it let bank employees design the shirts.
“This is a street dance,” he said. “All the side streets are shut down for the event.”
“This event started in 1993 when the bank extended operating hours to 6 p.m.,” Craig explained. “We did it to promote local business and encourage them to stay open late on Friday.”
Ten years ago, the Bash added a car show, which has since become a popular feature of the event. The 11th annual Bedford Bash Car Show proceeds go to the Trimble County Emergency Search Unit. This year, the event is in honor of the late Sheriff Tim Coons, who died in March after a battle with cancer. He was 58 and had served as sheriff since 2003.
“We have as many as 80 cars,” said Dunlap. “We have good prizes, including five Best of Show trophies.”
The Bash also features the Trimble County High School Band. “There are also performances by the High School, Middle School and Youth cheerleaders,” Craig said. “It is a good way to recognize our community children as they perform.”
The event also helps local non-profit organizations.
“It is a good event for fundraising for our local non-profit organizations,” said Craig. It helps organizations such as Trimble County baseball team and the Emergency Search Unit. The Bedford Fire Department hosts a fish fry. There is also a fundraiser for agencies fighting drug addiction.
“We get big support from the community,” Craig said. “The main Highway, 421 remains open, and the sheriff’s department helps direct the traffic through. “It is a pretty big crowd.”
The Bedford Bash Street Dance and Car Show are held on the streets of Bedford at Court House Square from 5-8 p.m. The event is free but there is an entry fee for the car show participants.

• For car show information, call Tommy Flynn at (502) 663-1064. For Bedford Bash information, call April Craig at the Bedford Bank at (502) 445-4649.

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