An estimated crowd of 400 people attended this year's Summer Songwriters Night on June 10th, featuring the former lead singer of Kansas, John Elefante, and the band Sixwire, as seen on the tv show Nashville. Elefante (on left) is pictured above relaxing before the show with Andy Childs, lead singer of Sixwire.
This year's backstage pre-party was held on the lawn outside the historic Antrim home, which belongs to James and Helen Flemming. Local favorite musician Austin Tyler Jones provided the entertainment and kicked off the musical portion of Songwriters Night, followed by another local favorite, Dr. Bob Thompson and band, who play annually at CASA's Red Shoe BBQ & Bluegrass in April.
Patrons came prepared to enjoy the night. In addition to coolers, many brought their own tables and favorite decorations. Catfish and chicken were the main entrees at the country style buffet, followed by a choice of assorted cobblers. Asgard Brewery provided several selections of their private brews.
Sixwire took to the stage to perform their own songs, with Elefante joining them midway through to sing classic Kansas hits, including "Dust in the Wind" (see first video below) and Carry On My Wayward Son."
The evening's performances concluded with Sixwire playing a variety of cover tunes and finally ending with "The Beast," a rocking medley of the greatest guitar riffs of all time, as seen in the second video below.
When asked about the highlights of the evening, Edward Moore, founder of Summer Songwriters Night, said that "in addition to the fact that Elefante's voice hasn't aged a bit in 45 years, Sixwire's ending performance of their 'Beast' medley and guitar riffs was over the top - a fantastic way to end the night."
Moore added, "We were very pleased with the event, which showcases what makes Maury County so unique. The weather and turnout were great, and the music outstanding."
Above: Edward Moore with Kristen Parker of CASA of Maury County.
The event raises money for CASA of Maury County. While the numbers are not conclusive yet, the amount typically runs around a $10,000 donation to the nonprofit organization.
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