BARNESVILLE - Summer is rushing by and the fourth program of the season is already on the horizon for the Showcase 2014 Concert Series in Barnesville at Community Arts Place.
Steve Leavitt of Bethesda and Bill Hinson of Cambridge along with Bill Gorby of Mt. Pleasant will share a double header evening on Thursday, July 24 at 7 p.m. Leavitt will play the first set of oldies music, with Hinson and Gorby doing a variety show of alternative country, Americana, blues and folk music after intermission.
Leavitt began singing in church at age eight and playing guitar at thirteen. An uncle who was in a band encouraged him to start doing music around the valley in 1984 when he was twenty. Since then he has played with several groups in the tri-state area with rhythm guitar and back-up vocals.
Bill Gorby (left) and Bill Hinson
Hinson is self-taught as a guitar and harmonica player. His repertoire includes songs full of stories, people and places. He entertains at coffee shops and local festivals. Gorby, an acoustic bass player, and Hinson have done shows together for about five years. Both also do vocals as part of their programs.
Gorby did gigs as Big Bill Dup with the Letdowns and in Peaches Little Band for several years. He also has played acoustic bass with the Wheeling Symphony.
A food stand will be open. In case of rain, events will be moved indoors to the Little Rocks Learning Center (former Grange Hall). Those coming to the program should bring lawn chairs. Donations are appreciated.
Poems in printed programs will be by Barb (Hildreth) Smith of Barnesville. After growing up on a farm in Cadiz, she started writing poetry in high school, but quit for a bit and resumed writing again in 1991. She has had two poems published, one of which will be featured, entitled "Tacy". Smith works at the Barnesville Enterprise and also does a column called "Getting to Know..."
The exhibit for the evening will be by concert coordinator, WJ Grimes, who will display a collection of hats. What started a few years ago to cover "bad hair" days has become shade from the sun as well as a way to coordinate and complete the "look" of her outfits when she has either in town or out of town excursions. There are summer and winter hats of all colors, shapes and sizes.