Well, the weather was threatening all afternoon after a morning rain, but by showtime, the lawn at the Montgomery County Courthouse had dried a bit and was filling up with music-loving families and friends ready to enjoy Gator & Friends. We started the evening with a smallish crowd that steadily grew over the course of the evening.
We were very happy to have enjoyed Gator & Friends in the past, and this evening was no exception. These guys play some great Louisiana Cajun music, coupled with a bit of country, gospel, and event a rock cover here and there. Good stuff! And, it didn’t take long before dancers could no longer sit still and got up to dance in the “aisles” of the “stadium”!
After intermission, our friend Dewayne Hodges showed up, and Gator convinced Dewayne to sit in with the band for the second set. It’s amazing how “real” musicians can just show up and fit right in with a band, and this evening’s treat of having Dewayne playing along with Gator & Friends was no exception. At one point, Gator himself left the stage, saying “I’m going to go out into the audience to have a listen to the band to hear how good they sound!”
It’s stuff like this, along with friends and family enjoying the music, that makes live music on the Front Porch Stage special. Many thanks to Gator & Friends for a terrific performance, and thank you to all who come out to support the musicians who play on our stage.
See you next weekend for Montgomery County’s “Good Ol’ Days” on the Mount Ida Square!
As always, we very much enjoyed having Dewayne Hodges back on the Front Porch Stage for his eclectic mix of oldies, rock, country, and gospel.
Dewayne is a native son of Montgomery County! Originally from Black Springs, Dewayne now lives in Hot Springs. Despite being blind since 1976 Dewayne continues to perform around our area as well as all over the country. Dewayne is a past president of the Arkansas Council for the Blind.
Our Mothers’ Day crowd, although small, thoroughly enjoyed the show!
The 2017 Montgomery County Front Porch Season got off to a terrific start on a beautiful Saturday evening on the Courthouse lawn in Mount Ida. In what we hope will become a tradition for the ‘Stage, a good crowd was entertained by music students from the three high schools in our county – Oden, Caddo Hills, and Mount Ida – that the Front Porch Stage supports through our music program.
We enjoyed programs from the Mount Ida Jazz Band, the Oden Timberwolves Guitar and Vocal Ensemble, the Caddo Hills Concert Band, and the Mount Ida Lion Concert Band.
We all very much thank and appreciate our schools’ music directors who helped put this program together, and who make such an impact on our County’s music students: Jessica McAnulty at Oden, Cilla Green at Caddo Hills, and Christa Burgess at Mount Ida.
The Montgomery County Front Porch Stage, Inc., is well known for providing free music throughout the summer at the Court House Square in Mt. Ida, However, the organization has, as a part of its mission, the fostering of music education within the county as well.
At a recent meeting, the Front Porch Stage’s Board of Directors approved donating $1000 to each of the music programs in the three schools located in our county. Funding for this endeavor comes from sales at the Possum Store and Back Porch Kitchen, as well as specific donations from the public. The Front Porch Stage is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit organization; therefore, all donations to the Front Porch Stage are tax deductible.
On November 29, 2016, members of the Board traveled to each of the schools and presented the checks to the Oden, Mt. Ida, and Caddo Hills school music teachers. Board members Dan Watson, Robert Cavanaugh, and Mark Willborg presented the checks to Jessica McAnulty of Oden, Christa Burgess of Mt. Ida, and Cilla Green of Caddo Hills.
In addition to financially supporting the schools, we are asking each of the schools to open for a show in May when the Front Porch resumes it weekly schedule of performances. Our goal is to provide a venue for students to perform in a public setting, and to encourage students to continue enjoying and making music a part of their lives after graduation.
We sincerely thank all who attend performances at the Front Porch Stage and who, through your purchases and donations, enable us to achieve this most important aspect of our mission.