MADISON: Summer Night’s Concert Series at Town Park
By Florence Hodges, Staff Writer
The term “Hobohemian” denotes a unique form of Americanized vagabond-style bohemianism, which guides the groups approach towards popular American and European roots music of the 1910’s and 20’s, and 30’s: a potent mix of proto- jazz, blues and folk according to John Amoss .
The Hobohemians traveled from Athens to perform at the Town Park “Summer Night Concert Series” on last Thursday evening. Our crowd of roughly 100 folks settled in and waited for the sun to go down; hoping things would cool off a bit said Colleen Hall. Antoon “Antman” Peters, John Amoss, Bill Hollingsworth Oglesby, Susan Staley, Dick “DDBass” Daniels and Joe Ellison are the six players who are known around the Athens area as “The Hobohemians”. A hit at Hendershots in Athens where they play often to the crowd of Folks who enjoy swing dance is there home when not traveling said Susan Staley. Staley had visited Madison once before as a part of a duet, remembering only an open field and a 10X10 tent and hearing of the plans to develop what we now know as Town Park. This is a beautiful setting with a beautiful stage, just a great venue stated Staley; adding it is incredible to be here in this impressive configuration. The band has been playing together for several years said Jim Beall, who was there with his mother-in-law Juanita Denta. Beall is the husband of band member Susan and attends the performances when possible. Each of the members of the group is not only proficient as musicians, but they each take their turn as vocalist for the group. The Hobohemians from Athens, Gee-A were here to share their unique brand of jazzy fun in Town Park, and it was free said Hall. We heard a few “I didn’t know about this” comments last night, and we have the solution! Sign up for email reminders of Downtown Events via the website, or if you are a real techie, you can sign up for the iCalendar on the website: http//madisonga.com. Coming this week in the continuing Summer Night Series Concert, Thursday July 15 at 9 p.m. will be Movie Night, see John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John in the 1950s “Grease”, a story of summer love. This event is Free as all the Summer Night Series Concerts are said Colleen Hall. Even with the heat Peggy Davis said, the events are a good format to bring people together. The plan for next year said Hall is to start the concerts around 8 p.m. when it might be a bit cooler.
RUTLEDGE: Dianne Durrett performs at the Rutledge Concert Series
By Kelcey Caulder, Staff Writer
National touring artist and Atlanta native Dianne Durrett, best known for her soulful sound, rocked the Rutledge stage during her July 10 performance at the town’s summer concert series. Concert director Terry Reeves-Martin has stated her pride many times throughout the summer at selecting a panel of performers with great talents and amazing careers, and Durrett does not disappoint in either category.
Like many of the other performers selected to entertain the crowd in this year’s series, has had an illustrious musical career thus far. She has performed with notable artists such as The Indigo Girls, Greg Allman, Chuck Leavell (Rolling Stones), Peter Stroud, and Sting. She has performed as an opening act for popular artists Tina Turner and Faith Hill. In 2013, Durrett was even elected to the board of governors by the Atlanta chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.
The talented artist, who has also dabbled in producing music and writing, left the Rutledge crowd thoroughly entertained and eager for next week’s concert. Martin said she was and remains proud of the continued success of the series. “It’s growing, so I’m excited to watch it grow and to see the reactions of the community and our neighbors from surrounding areas,” she said. Martin also encouraged anyone looking for an excellent time on a Friday evening to come and join in the festivities this coming Friday. “Bring your own food and drinks, or arrive early for dinner at Yesterday’s Cafe or The Caboose. Better yet, call ahead and have a table set up for dinner in the park. You don’t want to miss this,” she said. “Always free, and always some of the best musicians in the Southeast! Don’t forget the table decorating contest! Enter for your chance to win dinner for two at Yesterday’s or The Caboose.”
The Apostles of Bluegrass will take the stage on July 17 at 8 p.m. in the park in downtown Rutledge. Bring your friends, family, and follow concert-goers for family-friendly summer fun! same continuation all year long.