I know what you’re thinking. The “Get Out” blogger must have gotten lost and ended up on the entertainment blog. Well… even we hikers need to go hear some good music from time to time! And whenever I want to get out and see a show, I think of NHB.
Quincy’ s New Hampshire Bar — or NHB to its regulars — has quietly and quickly become one of the best destinations for live music in the tri-state area. Both local bands and national touring acts now regularly appear at the establishment, and this Friday night (December 2nd), the bar will feature one of its biggest bands to date: Continental.
Continental hails from Boston and is the latest project from former Dropkick Murphys guitarist Rick Barton. Dropkick Murphys was made famous primarily from their cut, “I’m Shipping Up to Boson,” which was featured in Martin Scorseses’s multiple-Academy Award winning film, “The Departed.” Many of the band’s members have gone on to side projects like Continental, and it’s easy to hear the talent that made Murphys such a success translates into more great music from its members.
For the New Hampshire Bar in Quincy, being a stop in Continental’s “Whistle Stop Tour” is a huge booking.
Continental’s sound is hard to put into a genre. Their blend of blues, rock, folk and punk has been compared to bands as varied as The Velvet Underground, The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan. You can check out some of the band’s tracks for free on their MySpace page http://www.myspace.com/continentalboston.
Quincy favorites, “The Texas Funerals,” will open, followed by St. Louis’s, “The Strummalongs,” before Continental takes the stage. The three-band lineup starts at 8pm and is sure to keep listeners rocking all night long. There will be a $5 cover charge at the door. To hear about all of the acts coming to the New Hampshire Bar, you can like them on Facebook by clicking here http://tinyurl.com/facebooknhb
I had never heard of the Laurie Morvan Band, and I had never been to Blues in The District before, so I wasn’t exactly sure what I was getting myself into. I was positive I would run in to more reluctant people who did not want to be interviewed, and I still have not acquired a threatening persona yet, and nor do I like pushing people to do things they don’t want to do, but if I really am getting annoyed, I just use the line — “Hey, I’m on deadline people, can you help me out…” — when most of the time, I don’t even edit the event until two days later. Tricks of the trade, of which I just gave up … oh well, I do what I can to get what I want.
But with this crowd … I had NO problem finding people to be interviewed. (You will see for yourself when you watch the video below) I thoroughly enjoyed how easy it was to get people to oblige to my interviews. Or maybe it was the constant flow of alcohol that was running through their veins that provoked them to make such a rash decision in letting me videotape and post them on the internet for all to see, forever? (Ok, a bit much…) Either way, I had plenty of people offering to be interviewed. It made my life a lot easier, and a lot more fun! Not to mention, I ran into a lot of people that I knew, or at least people who knew me. I have to say, I honestly love my job, and truly feel honored that people are happy at the progress I’m making with my career. It means a lot to hear your compliments, and I love interacting with the people of Quincy. So, on that side note … Thank you!
Back to the band … Laurie Morvan is by far one of the most charismatic performers I have ever met. Even in just talking to her, she has this cool, sleek feel about her, in that she seems like she really cares about her fans and what they think, yet she doesn’t have this fake, “Oh my gosh it’s soooo great to meet you” (when some artists, I’m sure, could care less about fans). She truly wasn’t like that. I stood there for a while, and just watched her mingle with her fans as she signed autographs in-between breaks. The fact that she did that was amazing. Most artists hide out backstage … which would have been hard to do in Washington Park, but I’m sure a port-a-potty would have sufficed. Yeah, no.
I was impressed with the band, the people, the food and the atmosphere. I felt welcomed by the crowd, and the people who came up to me just to say hello. I really appreciate it. I also appreciated the openness by Laurie, I know she was very busy, so with that, I thank her sincerely, for letting me steal a moment of her time.
Once again, I made the trek down to Hannibal this weekend. I’m not going to lie, I spent most of my weekend in Hannibal. From Thursday night’s Media match volleyball tournament, to the fireworks on the 4th, and the bands playing live in Tanyard Gardens.
I covered the event Saturday night at National Tom Sawyer Days in Tanyard Gardens, where The Undecided was playing. My experience with the show was interesting, to say the least. As I was walking in to the venue, I told security who I was, and they had no idea who I was, and told me that “The Local Q” was down further that way (as she points to the mud volleyball tournament), I kindly explained to her that I was with the media and would be covering the band that night. I didn’t have my press pass with me to show her, as I forgot it in my car, and that I needed to get in ASAP. Looking at me with definite doubt in her eyes, she let me in.
I mingled my way through the crowd that had not yet congregated yet and made my way behind stage to ask the stage manager where I could find the lead singer of The Undecided. He pointed across the way, and that’s when I courageously broke into the middle of men talk and begged for an interview. Luckily, I didn’t actually have to beg, the lead singer, Don Sandidge, was extremely nice. He is one of the very few artists who actually take the time to ask me where I am with my life, how I got this gig, and things of that nature. I was quite impressed with him. He was very down to earth, and by no means did he seem to be stuck on his own ego.
My interview with Don was over, and we just mingled for a little bit, me asking questions about previous tours they have done, and learning that this band has actually opened for Poison! I was impressed. They actually had a new CD they were releasing that night, and Don was kind enough to give me a copy. To be honest, I normally wouldn’t have opened the CD right away and listened to it. Knowing me, it would get shoved in the trunk of my car, and misplaced somewhere throughout my room, or lost on my many trips I make between Quincy and Atlanta. However, I did put this CD in, and listened to it. I was actually quite surprised at what I heard. Not only were there the very hard rock songs, but also some slow ballads. This is where I truly got to hear the vocal talent that this group possesses. I would definitely recommend this band, and not only is the music good, and entertaining, but the people who put on the show are very accommodating as well. It’s always nice to get to meet the artists and see that they are people too.
Check out a brief video below of Don and some other attendee’s:
I can not tell you how EXCITED I am for this weekend. I get a day off work, and I can’t believe it’s already the 4th of July!
There are tons of things to do around town … most of which you probably already know about: Tom Sawyer Days in Hannibal, and the annual Quincy firework celebration being held at the Illinois Veterans Home. (Not at the river this year.) Which for those of you don’t know, it used to be held at the Vet’s home long ago… well long before I was born, and this year is the home’s 125th anniversary, so it will be held there this year, and rightfully so.
If you aren’t in the immediate Hannibal/Quincy area, and you don’t know of anything to do, besides setting off your own fireworks … which may I remind you Quincyans, you can’t shoot them off within city limits. Good thing, I don’t live in city limits. Note to sister: Don’t buy the crappy little $20 firework packs, they just got us a bunch of sparklers and poppers. Never. Again.
But I digress … this weekend there are other things to do if you aren’t planning on staying in Quincy or Hannibal.
Up at the Warsaw Fairgrounds, the Warsaw Community Coalition will host its Independence Day Concert on Sunday, July 3. If you aren’t sure exactly where this is, it’s at 1121 Francis Sartory Road, Warsaw IL. Plug it in your Garmin if you’re as directionally challenged as I am. It should get you there … but if it’s like mine, it will tell you to do things like “Take a ferry to get from St. Louis to Quincy”… Yeah.
It starts at 4:30 p.m. and goes until 11:30 p.m. The concert will feature Emily Riesen, Jerad Harness and Blackgrass, Staggard and Bocephus Casey. To be honest, I have no idea who they are, but I’m getting the idea, they could be some type of rock band-ish type groups. But, I could be wrong. Feel free to correct me. Google, didn’t exactly turn up the best results on them. But I’m sure they will provide great entertainment.
All ages are welcome, bring lawnchairs/blankets, etc. Gates will open at 4 p.m. Admission is only going to be $10. Kids 12 years old and younger are $5. The advertisement said to bring “appropriate” ID. Whatever that means. I guess it means to all you parents of 13 years olds who are upset you can’t a discounted price anymore, you need to cough up an extra $5 bucks. Well, or you could make your kid chip in since it’s their fault they turned 13 and all. Either way, make sure you bring ID’s they will be checking.. and no FAKES either.
Food and beverages will be very inexpensive, as no outside food or beverages will be allowed. T-shirts, souvenirs, and CD’s will also be available. Proceeds will help to fund future projects by the WCC, including the 2012 Warsaw Bicentennial.
Sounds like a great community activity to take part in, not to mention, Warsaw is a very pretty little antique town. I would highly recommend going to this event.. who doesn’t love fireworks, food and drinks. Well, and for my sake they better be serving more than just beer…margarita’s please!
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Yet another concert, yet another interview, and yet another…oh, who am I kidding? This assignment was by far the most fun I have had working for The Local Q thus far. I’ll just get straight into it.
First I showed up with my camera crew, which consisted of my shy friend. I had a long day working for the TV station, and had stopped by the newspaper to catch up on some work. So, this was my third job in one day. I was tired. Little did I know, this would be the highlight of my day!
We went upstairs to meet the band that was playing that night at The State Room, The Schwag. They are a Grateful Dead Tribute Band. I had only heard of The Grateful Dead because that is my professor from college’s favorite band, and I mean favorite. Like we get extra credit questions based on this band. Anyway, I trekked upstairs to the “Cast” portion of the state room. I walked into a quaint little room with purple walls and comfy little couches where the performers would sit before their show. I finally got to meet Jimmy Tebeau, one of the members of the band, whom I had talked to the week before to set up the interview. He said I would recognize him by his hair. When I saw him, I knew it was him … long dread locks — even longer than my hair — and he just looked like a band member. Those of you who follow The Schwag or any other band like them, you know what I mean. He had this swagger to him that was captivating, and his bandmates were just as equally enthralling. I know this wasn’t actually The Grateful Dead I was interviewing, but I still felt like I was in the presence of royalty.
Talking with Jimmy was quite entertaining. I thoroughly enjoyed spending time getting to know Jimmy and is band. He told me about all the different tours they had been on and the experiences they have had. Some of which aren’t suitable for print, and were definitely off camera. Sorry guys, that’s one of the perks of the job! That really made me feel like I wasn’t a burden on his time, and deep down these bands are people too. Not fame hungry musicians who have no time for the media. So to the band, I sincerely thank you!
The interview went off without a hitch, minus my many outtakes, filled with a few — ok, a lot — of mono-syllable words when I would forget or stumble over my lines. Thank you editing. After the interview with the band, we went downstairs to set up for the show.
We sat and watched the show, and ran into Tommy Van Ness, who basically started the Local Q along with Jessica M. Martin-Cate. We went with him upstairs to get some shots of the band from up above, and bingo. It hit me. I was going to do my tag out (my goodbye from the event on-camera) from the roof top of the state room! I mean, there is a life-sized window, that’s open, and leading to the rooftop, I’m going to go out it. So, thank you Tommy for helping me to stumble upon this idea. It turns out the volume was a little messed up from the rooftop scene. I still used it in my video, but beware of a little static feedback. I really think the shot was cool, so I would have used it even if there was no audio at all. I mean, come on, I was on a roof.
After I was done messing around on top of a roof, that may or may not have been completely stable, I came back inside, only to meet another popular local band, Harlot. I was introduced to the group and snapped a few pictures of them. They are playing at Kutter’s this weekend.
My time at The State Room was an amazing time. I was surrounded by a sea of tie-dyed shirts and Grateful Dead enthusiasts. I even had a little time to sit and enjoy some of the music. I must say, after really listening to The Schwag play, I would love to see them again, and have since looked up some Grateful Dead songs. I think Dr. Clark will be proud. Maybe I’ll be getting some extra credit points for this?
You can check out the video of the event below:
For more information on The Schwag, go to www.theschwag.com
My experience at Junefest this year was a very unique one. Not only was I to be covering the event for the Local Q, but also for WGEM! That is a pretty big deal in and of itself.
When I drove up to the event, I was alone, set out to shoot my first video that would be on live TV. Yes, scary. I walked into the event, and noticed it was a bunch of families with their children, as expected. I could smell the aroma of funnel cakes, I was actually offered one, but had to decline as I was working. I didn’t want to seem like a slacker, chowing down on funnel cakes on the job. So, to the kind woman that offered, thank you!
I was lugging my equipment around, I’m sure I looked absolutely ridiculous, as I normally do, and I was surprised to see that not many people had shown up yet. Then I looked at my clock and realized they hadn’t even been open for an hour or so. The weather earlier in the day was very questionable, so I’m sure that had something to do with it. But as mother nature would have it, it was a beautiful night for a picnic, and eventually a lot more people did show up.
I was expecting to see the Heinze Dance Academy perform a few dances, and sure enough, I got some really good video of the girls dancing. I even took the time just to stop and watch them. It was like one of those childhood dreams, thinking to myself, I could have been a dancer, or a gymnast, but I chose the sports route, and I have played soccer all my life and continue to play soccer in college. I think it’s normal to wonder what it would have been like to be a dancer, and get to be girly with makeup, and pretty costumes. Instead, I chose to throw my face into the mud, coming away with numerous bruises, broken bones and sprains. But sometimes when you watch them dancing, you just get captivated in the beauty in the art of dance. The girls did a great job, and I really enjoyed watching them perform. I got some great video of the girls, too. The video did air live on Saturday’s 10 p.m. news. I was ecstatic to see it on there, and that I didn’t screw it up.
I continued through the event and the smell of food wafted through the air. Food I could not eat, but wanted to. I traveled over to the other side of the festivities where the silent auction and raffle items were. They had some pretty interesting things they were raffling off, nicely wrapped gift baskets filled with goodies, and next to this station was a quilting station. At this station you were greeted with a trio of cute grandmother figures. I didn’t have time to talk to them, but they greeted me with the biggest of smiles as I took video of them. Not to mention, some of those quilts were beautiful.
I have truly gotten to see the community of Quincy pull together some nice events, last weekend I covered the St. Francis picnic, and this weekend I covered Junefest. I wish that I could have stayed longer, but when duty calls, duty calls. Bands that I did not have a chance to see, as their scheduled times were a bit delayed due to wet weather, and with the schedule I was on, I couldn’t afford to stick around any longer, if I wanted to meet deadline. Tim Hart, and the Cheeseburgers played. I really was looking forward to watching them, but thankfully one of my friends went, yes the shy one, and she called to tell me that the bands were great. She just got back from Bonnaroo, which is a massive live band festival that took place in Manchester, Tenn., last weekend. So for her to say the live bands were great is a huge compliment. Great job guys!
I did get a chance to interview some really sweet ladies too, most of the people I came up to were very hesitant, which is normal. Not a lot of people like to be interviewed. It’s a scary thing. I got to interview Shari Keck. She was definitely a good sport about being interviewed, and not to mention she was my first ever interview for the station. She was really helpful in understanding this was my first time, and she did great. Her interview went really well, and not to mention looked great on camera. So, Shari, thank you again for the interview. You never know how much we appreciate people who are willing to be interviewed. It makes our lives a lot easier, and interacting with the people and getting their feedback on the events in Quincy is always something I find interesting.
I was very impressed with the setup of Junefest, and I was very happy that with whatever questions I had, such as the one about how many years this has been going on, a very nice woman, whose name I didn’t catch, went out of her way to go find the information for me. I really appreciate the kind people of Quincy. It’s the small things like this that you get to see in the field I’m in. To whoever she was, thank you so much for doing a bit of background research for me. I really enjoyed the atmosphere at Junefest, a place where kids could run around and play, and were monitored by volunteers, while their parents mingled with friends. It was a very safe environment, and I think that’s one of the main qualities I like about Quincy. This is a very trusting community filled with people who truly care about the community and the people in it. I didn’t have to stay at Junefest for longer than 10 minutes to see that.
Looking forward to next year’s events!
Here’s the video from this years event:
As I had mentioned in my previous blog, I had never been to a picnic or a festival in Quincy before. After going to the St. Francis Picnic, I found that I really did have a great time.
So, I have decided — my editors have decided — that I will get to cover the upcoming Junefest on Saturday, June 18, at St. Dominic’s Parish. Of course, I had to play it off as just another job, while discreetly acting somewhat taxed that I have yet another event to cover, hence 3 more hours of shooting, and 6 or more hours editing, while still subliminally using my work hour to scope out the event to see if I would like to come back later on my own time. Clever, right?
Needless to say, I am really excited to go to this year’s Junefest at St. Dominic’s Parish. The event starts at 5 p.m. The food tent will feature barbeque beef and roast beef sandwiches, home-made onion rings, beverages —and hopefully not just beer. As I mentioned in my last blog, I was saved by the margarita tent. So, if anyone from the Junefest committee is reading this, know I am coming, and if it’s strictly a beerfest, there will be a sugar-coated rant written about it later. Not really, but it’s a nice thought, right? But seriously, a mixed drink stand should probably be there. OK, the sarcasm will stop now.
Entertainment will begin with the Heinze Dance Academy at 5:30 p.m. and live music starts with Tim Hart from 6 to 8 p.m. and The Cheeseburgers from 8 p.m. until midnight. So whichever band I happen to catch, be ready for an interview, and if you want to get on my good side — so I will give you a good review — you can buy me a beer (of which I will not drink) and I will take part in a toast with you (of which I will pretend to sip), then casually throw the beer out in a dumpster as I leave the festival (I can’t drink on the job, sorry.) But either way, the kind gesture is appreciated.
There will also be games for children and adults, a bounce house for kids, basket raffle, silent auction and raffle drawings with cash prizes totaling $1900. Yes, that’s quite a chunk of change! So from the sounds of it, it looks like this will be quite an event for parents to bring their children, and the night owls of the city to have some fun. Let’s hope Rich Cain will give us the go ahead for the weekend though.
If you wonder what I’m doing at these events, because many people aren’t familiar with the video aspect of The Local Q, and when I show up and want to interview them, they seem a bit confused. So, here’s the low-down: Sometimes I decide to be on camera, sometimes I don’t— it all depends on if I have a crew with me to help shoot, a.k.a my shy friend. I interview a few attendees, and I do have to admit, I really enjoy getting to know the people I interview. Many of them aren’t even from Quincy, and it’s great to hear all the positive things they have to say about our town. For the most part, everyone is really open to the idea of being interviewed, so again, I thank everyone who caters to my requests for an interview, it’s really appreciated! After I interview the attendees, I interview the band members, and shoot some video of the event. Pretty easy, and not to mention, a lot of fun! You can view the videos I shoot at the bottom of each blog I write about an event.
I will be covering Junefest this weekend, and I could not be anymore excited. I am hoping to have a great time with some great interviews. So if you see me show up in a black t-shirt that says “The Local Q,” now you know what’s going on! See you at Junefest!
I’ve never been one to go to the local picnics or festivals. I always found something a little cliché about them. Maybe it was the little kids running around that made me feel too old to be there, or maybe it was because I was doing something else that night, or maybe it was the fact that I wasn’t 21, and couldn’t drink. I’ll let you pick the real reason.
Either way, I went to the St. Francis Picnic on Saturday.
I wasn’t feeling particularly good, nor was I feeling particularly bad. It was just one of those days where you want to relax and sleep the day away. I made my way into the picnic, in my black “Local Q” t-shirt, realizing I was without my shy friend that I usually mention. As I walked in, I really couldn’t tell where the band I was supposed to be shooting was. I got there at 7 p.m. and Raised on Radio hadn’t started playing yet. I was looking for The Heidelberg Band, and all I saw singing on the stage were a bunch of men dressed in German-style folk dress with beer mugs in their hands playing instruments and singing. I was under the impression I was looking for a hard-core rock band. Confused, I kept walking aimlessly through the crowd of partying parents and wild children.
So I continued on my search for the band. I was getting some pretty odd looks, as some people aren’t familiar with The Local Q yet. So when I decided to interview two sisters, who were about seven and 10 years old, for the website and I had to tell their parents, “Yeah, I’m interviewing your children for an entertainment website on the internet,” which didn’t sound too safe. They told me they were from Elgin Ill., and that’s when I realized they would obviously have had no clue what the website was, so thank goodness for press passes. Although they never gave me the impression that they felt that way, I still commend them for their parenting, and I have to say sorry that I couldn’t use their children’s interviews because they were so short. Either way, Abby and Kassidy, you two were great!
I eventually found my interviews, and ran into some old friends that I hadn’t seen in years and took in all the festivities. There were a lot of people there and the food smelled great. Not to mention there were beer tents everywhere. My first thought, OK, I’m not a beer drinker. I’ve only had beer a few times in my life, and I’ve always heard the saying, “it’s an acquired taste,” I don’t know how I could ever “acquire” that taste, because to me beer tastes like regret and bad decisions. I won’t drink it. But I did manage to find one little margarita tent, so for all the non-beer drinkers out there, which didn’t seem like many, we were saved by the singular margarita tent in a mass of beer trucks. I was starting to change my mind about the pre-conceived notion I had about local picnics and festivals. This wasn’t a kiddie carnival. This was parental play time, and on top of it, the weather was beautiful, it couldn’t have been better.
Eventually, I heard the announcement that the German band playing on stage was indeed the Heidelberg Band. So it was apparent I hadn’t done my research. The men of the band were done playing, and off mingling to the side. I decided to make my way through and ask for an interview. As it turned out, the member who gave the interview, Jeff Schuecking, knew my family and my grandparents. I don’t know why I was surprised, it’s Quincy. He was very nice, and his band even fired their piano player that night to have me play in the band. Not really, but the offer was out there. They had their beer mugs and were drinking away, when one of the members had come back with some cups of beer, and offered me one. Even though I don’t drink beer, I thanked the member for the beer and took part in a toast for the band. Yes, I took a sip. It wasn’t that bad, but you won’t catch me with a beer in my hand any time soon.
After I was done mingling with the Heidelberg Band, I made my way back to my car and started my drive home, and then got a text from a friend who wanted to go to the picnic that night. Like I said earlier, I was never one to go to these type of things, but I did end up going back later when my age group was there, and let’s just say, the one margarita tent was my savior, and I will be looking forward to Junefest next Saturday!
My adventures in Quincy continued last night.
This time, I found myself at 1000 Hampshire, which is the New Hampshire Bar. It is a newer venue that hosts live bands nearly every weekend.
The concert I went to see last night was of the metal genre and too be honest I was a little intimidated. The bands that were lined up to perform were Nocebo, Dread Corsair, Kings and Haddonfield.
When Jessica Martin-Cate told me I would be covering this event, I didn’t know exactly what to expect, whether I needed a lesson on mosh pits or how to correctly throw my head up and down violently. I’m sure there is a correct way to do this, seeing as how the people that attend these events must have practiced it at home in front of the mirror to make sure they were doing it right (maybe that’s just what I would do, yeah, probably). Or, like many people at concerts, they really don’t give a crap, and let their body feel the music as it comes to them.
Once again, I enlisted the help of my shy friend, who still wishes to remain nameless, to help cover the show.
We showed up around 8 p.m. to get a few interviews with the attendee’s, who were very reluctant to appear on camera, but I found two nice gentlemen who decided to humor me and be interviewed. So, thanks to those two. I also got to interview Jeremy Grootens, the owner of The New Hampshire Bar. He was very accommodating and gave a really good interview.
Well, Mr. Grootens made me feel welcomed and didn’t give me the vibe that I was intruding on his show or his venue. He also mentioned that the venue has different genre’s of music all of the time, not just metal.
You can check out footage of Saturday’s bands playing in a video below:
As I entered into the bar, the crowd was insane, but no moshing that I saw, and if there was some, it happened after I left, of which I am very jealous. (I looked up mosh videos on youtube before I went, and with the mood I was in, that looked enticing.)
During the show, I even had to jump up on top of the pool table just to shoot some video, and I got up close to the band, Nocebo, and got some nice footage of Kraig Buss screaming his lungs out. I must say, seeing Kraig do his thing was actually impressive. I wish I could scream, and yell like he did. Although I didn’t know him that well in high school, I knew who he was, and thought he was a good guy and very friendly. Little did I know, this kid could really pack a punch with his vocals, and would eventually be performing in front of packed crowds only a few years later. The packed crowd loved him.
I had never been to a metal show and after really getting a taste of what it’s like, I admit, I like it. The atmosphere of the show was nothing like anything I have ever experienced, and being out of my element for a few hours, wasn’t such a bad thing. I felt my time at The New Hampshire bar was well spent. Although I couldn’t stay all night, because I had editing and writing to do, but after leaving, I felt that it taught me a lot about myself and about metal bands in general.
I didn’t even feel out of place, although I was lugging a camera and a blinding light around (sorry to the man who stared straight into it, I warned you). It was a very accepting atmosphere, filled with people who truly love the art of what is music, and that I appreciated.
Check out more about the New Hampshire Bar at:
New Hampshire Bar , 1000 Hampshire Street
Phone: ( 217) 214-0529
I spent yet another fun night in Hannibal, Mo., tonight.
Growing up in Quincy and living there for most of my life, it wasn’t until college that Hannibal seemed like a place to check out for me. Well let me tell you, I was wrong while growing up.
The past week or so, I have found myself spending more and more time in downtown Hannibal. The quaint setup of the downtown strip is classic, yet still contains just the right amount of modern conveniences to draw in the average person. The city itself is famous for its most famous resident, Samuel Clemens, or more commonly known as Mark Twain. Tonight, on the beautiful Thursday night it was, I got to see the city of Hannibal, made up of all ages, come together for “Music Under the Stars,” which a concert series that the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum puts on each Thursday through Sept. 1. It was something I enjoyed seeing. Everyone knew everyone, and seemed to genuinely enjoy everyone’s company. Something that I can’t say I’ve ever really witnessed while living in Atlanta, Ga. Events like this make you realize how special living in a small town really is.
The event has been going on for five years now and seems to be going strong. It starts at 7 p.m. each Thursday and tonight’s band was Steppin’ Up. They were a cover band that provided fun music for the crowd to sing along to. It wasn’t overly loud, and I didn’t feel like I had to cover my ears. So if you are worried about getting a headache later, don’t be. It was quite relaxing actually. The crowd was lively and friendly, waving to me as a walked past, probably wondering what I was doing walking around with my sister and camera equipment, but nonetheless, they were warm and welcoming.
Breadeaux Pizza and the Wine Stoppe provided food and drink for the evening. The crowd had their lawn chair, family, friends, drinks and even some brought their dogs with them. I truly saw a community coming together to enjoy something. The weather was beautiful and the street itself created an inclined seating arrangement almost perfectly, seeing as how the downtown area of Hannibal does lie on a hill, and the band was nestled at the bottom of it.
As for the interviews, I was looking to get just an overview shot of the band and the scene itself, and maybe a few attendees of the event, when Ryan Murray, the marketing manager for the Mark Twain Boyhood Home, came up and found me. Couldn’t have been that hard, I had a Local Q T-shirt on and a microphone in my hand. Either way, I wasn’t planning on even trying to locate him seeing as how that would have been impossible. But I’m glad I did, he was extremely nice and helpful and understood that I was a bit nervous. He also found Cindy Lovell, the executive director of the Mark Twain Boyhood Home Museum, and she was an absolute doll. These two people are some of the nicest people I have met so far in this industry. They explained all about the future bands they will have in the coming weeks, and how each week, different local restaurants will provide food for the event, and The Wine Stoppe will be providing drinks. You can check out the entire list and dates at: http://www.marktwainmuseum.org/index.php/community-projects/music-under-the-stars.
Lovell also said she gives tours in the Boyhood Museum, that you can go to, and that I was more than welcome to come for one, cameras and all. Not only did the people of Hannibal make me feel right at home, but it seemed like a place with a lot of things to do. Something that if you were to tell my 17 or 18-year-old self, I wouldn’t have believed you. I know if I have time on a Thursday night, I would really enjoy going back down to Hannibal. Lounging in a lawn chair, with an ice cold drink, while listening to music. It doesn’t sound like such a bad idea.
WATCH VIDEO OF THE EVENT BELOW:
You can find out more about my night under the stars at thelocalq.com and look for my video. Check out more information about The Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum at:
The Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum
120 North Main Street
Hannibal, MO 63401