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Monday, August 19, 2013

Concert For The Cause

 Concert For The Cause:
Featuring Marshall Matthews, Katie Berry, A6, 
Prayer Bones, and Creeping Shadows
Avenue A Park
Hutchinson, KS
© Lydia Lowe 2013

     Anyone who says that Elvis is dead obviously didn't make it to Saturday's concert in Avenue A Park.  From what I could see on Saturday night, Elvis is alive and well!  Marshall Matthews performed as Elvis and did him proud.  

     He had the look and the talent to convince a park full of people to suspend reality, even if just for a little while, and take in the spectacle, the sight, the sound of Elvis re-born.  Marshall took us back there to a time and place where Elvis was alive and well, singing for the masses, with all the classic songs.  If you missed seeing this performance, you missed a step back in time and a terrific concert performance.
Load in before the show
      This week's concert began at 6:30 p.m. due to the amount of talent featured.  Even though the time change wasn't formerly announced, that didn't stop the crowds from staking out their spots early and being in place just in case the music broke out sooner than expected.  Good thing too, since the concert took off early.

      A6 opened the evening and I enjoyed their version of the Snow Patrol hit, Chasing Cars.  A6 harmonized well with each other and had such great chemistry on stage.  I've seen bands who play great together but they don't have that vibe where you know they just genuinely enjoy being together.  A6 on stage is like having a couple of talented guys that you hang out with who also happen to sing well and provide a soundtrack to your life.   

     Katie Berry, Creeping Shadows and Prayer Bones rounded out the night.  The talent on this night was incredible.  It was a great night to be out and about, sitting in the park with good friends and listening to truly incredible music.  Who knew Hutchinson and the surrounding communities had such talented musicians.  

     This night's cause was the catSnip project which is promoting spaying and neutering of cats and dogs.  The group brought a Sphynx cat with them named Spellma from the animal shelter.  She had on the cutest little pink sweater.   Besides the usual pop/water, hamburgers/hotdogs, and chips there were t-shirts featuring the slogan "I"m into S & N" (spay and neuter) as well as a variety of other fundraising opportunities, like pet the cat for a quarter.  
There were a lot of different sorts of "cats" in the park on Saturday night
      Truly an inspiring night with music, food, drink, friends, and a relaxing evening in the park.  There are only two more concerts this summer.  Next week's concert will feature the music of  Uche and Nick McEwen and the 33.  The non-profit will be Visions of Hope.


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