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 even 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”!
Gator and Friends are: Jay “ Gator” Gisclair (Band Leader, Vocals, Acoustic Guitar), Lonnie Lance (Lead Guitar & Vocals), Kenneth “Butch” Rose (Drums), and Loren ? (Bass). [Sorry, Loren!]
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!