Enjoy these articles from past Front Porch Stage performances.
Fans of blues and blues/rock were not disappointed Saturday, enjoying some fine music from The Diamond Blues Band. We have enjoyed Diamond Blues’ music in the past, and this evening’s performance brought back memories, both in terms of the songs they played and in our enjoyment of their playing.
The Diamond Blues band are Lawrence Snowden, Donnell “Doonie” Williams, Ronnie Whisenhunt, Rickey Markham, Ryan Johnston, and Ed LaCerra.
We were worried about the weather for a while, but it turned into a wonderful evening, and everyone who came out was enthusiastic in support of this band and the songs they performed.
Many thanks to The Diamond Blues Band and to all who came out to support live music in Mount Ida!
We had a beautiful evening and a terrific turnout for Interstate Thirty this past Saturday. For anyone who loves great bluegrass music, this is one band you definitely want to hear whenever you can!
Interstate Thirty is a band with “a goal to create a hard driving sound that combined traditional, gospel, and non-traditional bluegrass.” And, they do just that. “If you like hard driving bluegrass, then buckle up and hang on tight! Interstate Thirty is going to crank up the speed!”
Interstate Thirty play their music gathered around a single vocals microphone in the style of the old bluegrass groups, and the action on stage as they move forward for a vocal or a solo is fun to watch and to hear. Great stuff!
Many thanks to Ben Cardin, Paul DeWeber, Peyton Murphy, Robert Stane, Darrell Drennan, and Steve Harper for a great evening at The Front Porch Stage!
Between the threats of rain and a couple of competing venues in Mount Ida this Saturday evening, there was an unfortunately light turnout to enjoy the music of Little Rock’s Liberty Bridge band (Neal Rawlings, Richard Gray, Sharon Gray, Roland Burnham, Ty Reid). But, for those who did turn out for this evening’s music, Liberty Bridge did not disappoint!
About themselves, Liberty Bridge says, “This band of aging hippies plays an ecclectic mix of folksy originals,classic rock covers, and a few surprises in between.” This exactly describes their performance on the ‘Stage this evening: great tunes that many of us know and that we enjoyed hearing again.
We very much enjoyed the evening and thank Liberty Bridge for coming to Mount Ida and treating us to their music. We’ll look forward to hearing them again!
The Front Porch Stage featured two “Good Ol’ Gospel” performances during Friday, May 26’s “Good Ol’ Days” in Mount Ida.
We all very much appreciate Robertson’s Tradition and The Garrett Sisters for their participation in this event.
Robertson’s Tradition – May 26, 2017
The Garrett Sisters – May 26, 2017
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!
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.