Saturday, June 19, 2010

VFW Post Demolished

The building once known as the Veterans of Foreign Wars Archibald Southworth Post 3533 is being torn down. It is on East Veterans Road.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Music Festival Flying High

It was non-stop music last night at the festival south of Laurens. Two stages alternated their acts with barely time for the audience to move from one to the other without missing some notes. Everything was pretty electified Friday, especially that guy from St. Louis. Today's billings include some acoustic acts such as Jon Eric of Iowa City and The Brothers Burn Mountain from Wisconsin. The local Prairie Land Band plays today as well.

The musicians weren't the only ones itching to perform. One pair of dancers in front of the stage displayed their moves. Several hula hoop artists were very watchable, too. They were more memorable than the bands. They had apparently spent as much time practicing, too.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Local Music: Fire in the Flatlands

Bill Hertz is hosting another music festival this weekend at a farm south of town. The program lists twenty bands from around the country, including some who have played here in previous engagements.

Many of these bands are on tour. This stop in Laurens is just one in a series that makes up their road trip. Most of them can be previewed at their pages on

This is the third summer for these concerts. Previous festivals have not been well attended, so Hertz has let musicians know that they may only recoup their gas money if they stop here. Advance tickets cost $40 for the entire two days of music, or $25 for one day at time. They are available at Bill's website.

The photo was taken last summer. The music that night by "Useful Jenkins" of Mankato, Minnesota was excellent. They are due back this weekend.

I'll be there, at least part of the time, when it's not raining. See you!