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Monday, August 26, 2013

Concert For The Cause

Concert For The Cause:
Featuring Uche & the Crash and Nick McEwen & the 33
Avenue A Park
Hutchinson, KS
© Lydia Lowe 2013

     Concert For The Cause is nearing the end of its summer run for this year and Saturday night was a perfect time, to move past the flash and just break out the rock and roll show.  The band Uche and the Crash were more than willing to provide the music.

     The band took the stage at 7:30 p.m. as the crowds began to gather, and the humid air was replaced with a cooling breeze.  Bob Colladay introduced the band and plugged the corporate sponsors, even taking one for the team.  Bob’s a confirmed vegetarian but told the crowd he was more than willing to eat hotdogs for charity.   Apparently most of the audience was willing to do the same.  

Headed to the grill to purchase and eat more hotdogs for charity

      Uche and the Crash got the crowd settled in with their first song and by the second song, Vertigo, the park was rocking.  Everyone was on their feet, dancing and singing along with the band.  As the park began to darken and the stage lights came up on the stage, it was one song after another leading into the band’s version of Tainted Love, which got a standing ovation.  Truly the crowd never seemed to sit down while the band played.  Some of the songs were familiar and some weren’t, but the unfamiliar ones are destined to become favorites.  Uche and the Crash gave a stellar performance.

     Then it was time for Nick McEwen and the 33 to take the stage.  It’s hard to narrow down the style of the 33 but they were highly entertaining and worth a listen.  Clearly these guys have been playing together for a while and are well known in the area.  Their style is very polished and professional.   This is a band that’s going places.

Nick McKuen and the 33 meet their fans
      The featured non-profit cancelled at the last minute and catSnip, the spay and neuter group from the week before, stepped in and grilled the hamburgers and hotdogs.  This organization made $350 at their first event and Saturday’s event I’m sure proved to be just a profitable.

     Next week’s concert will feature the bands 12 Years Coming and Tall, Hairy and Charming.  The featured non-profit will be the Special Olympics.  This is the last concert for the summer season but I have it on good authority to watch for one final concert after the Kansas State Fair.  This will be a “thank you” concert and will feature some special prizes and giveaways.

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