Five groups to play ParkFest makeup date Tuesday

Sunday, August 9, 2015

The rainiest summer in memory wreaked havoc on ParkFest 2015, the Greencastle Civic League's annual summer concert series, with the weekly concert rained out on three straight Tuesdays on June 30 and July 7 and 14.

With the final installment of ParkFest concert on Tuesday, five of the six bands that were rained out will play the 6:30 p.m. show at the Bob Flanigan Bandshell at Robe-Ann Park.

The show, set to last from 6:30-8:45 p.m., will feature the eclectic lineup of Covered Bridge Harmony, Chris Wurster, Saturday Shoes, Lexi Len and the Strangers and Gus Moon.

Covered Bridge Harmony, a woman's a cappella singing group, was founded in January 2003. The group is a part of Area 4 in Harmony Inc., an international organization for women barbershoppers.

The group has performed for people in Terre Haute, Staunton, Fincastle, Monrovia, and Indianapolis as well as taking part in Greencastle's Parkfest, Fourth of July celebration and Airport Appreciation Days.

Currently the membership includes director Sara Stone, Kathryn Dory, Beth Montgomery, Shirley Richards, Linda Schroeder, Debbie Lambert, Susann Griffith, Jodi Leach, Patti Hargis, Anita Edenfield, Kelly Genotte, Kathi Hornbeck, Glenda Edwards, Roseanne Jensen, Lenora Bowlby, Karen Smogor, Denise Thede, Kathy Custis, Phyllis Smith, Skip Sutton and Karen Weaver.

Like a many musicians, Wurster picked up his first guitar as a teenager. That led to a folk group in high school, a pop group at DePauw and a country rock duo in Denver.

Then came family and jobs -- occasional jams with friends -- and a performing hiatus.

Since retiring, Wurster has played the Greencastle Farmer's Market, local restaurants and bars, the Songwriters Showcase at Players Pub in Bloomington and ParkFest for the first time last summer.

Wurster also sings in a barbershop quartet, "Whatever Four," and performs with the Putnam County Playhouse.

ParkFest stalwart Saturday Shoes is an alt-country and indie rock cover band. The band's mission is to eschew popular music for the raw, quintessentially American sound of alt-country and indie rock. However, they have been known to be suckers for disco and 1970s soft rock.

All labels aside, the band still has a wide array of songs to choose from, so listeners can expect broad choices in the set list. Recently the band has covered artists from Bob Dylan to Foxygen, from the Grateful Dead to the Drive-By Truckers. The list of artists they cover is simply too long to print.

Lexi Len began playing shows at eight years old when she would step up at her Daddy's shows and proceed to break hearts in the house.

Now she picks with an outfit of Bloomington's finest seasoned musicians. Mark Minnick locks down the drums and Ryan Payton rocks the bass. Jason Payton pulls big tones from his guitars and the sound is rounded out by Matt Lundquist on pedal steel.

Gus Moon is the stage name of Putnam County native Anthony Mullis.

Performing his original songs and an eclectic collection of covers, Moon can be found performing with just his acoustic guitar or with partner in crime Dennis Furr on bass.

Moon's discography includes his full-lenght debut "Worn Out Shoes," released in 2012, as well as the 2013 EP "Splendid Noise."

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