By Tia Lynn Lecorchick
Managing Editor Two members of The St. Francis Band from Athens, Scott Baston and Mark Van Allen, played an acoustic set on the Gazebo Grooves Brown Bag Concert series on Sept. 12 at Town Park in Madison. “It was such a great concert,” said Colleen Hall, event coordinator for the city. Hall said the duo’s softer acoustic set was a soothing reprieve from the blistering heat. “It was really hot that day, but everyone enjoyed their performance very much. They are very talented artists.” The Baston and Van Allen played a low-key set featuring original works from their upcoming album, which will be available when the entire band performs on Oct. 4 at the Chili Cook-Off event in Town Park. The St. Francis Band will play beneath the “Toe-Tappin’ Music Tent” while attendants enjoy various types of chili throughout the day. The Chili Cook-Off will feature free music, pumpkin-carving, a beer garden, tractors, handcrafted art and locally-grown produce. A wristband to taste chili is only $3. The event will go from 12:30 PM to 3 PM, or until the chili runs out, said Hall. Next week’s Gazebo Grooves Brown Bag concert will feature Aaron Klegg, a member of the local band The Blue Heaven Family, who will give a special solo performance on Friday, Sept. 19 in Town Park at noon. “We are really excited to have him perform,” said Hall. “He is a teenage banjo prodigy. The concert should be wonderful,” said Hall.