Rock, Roll & Reminisce at Shenfest 2014
Shenandoah will honor some of its’ greatest musicians during the September 27th Shenfest celebration. The community was saddened this past year by the passing of Phil Everly of the famed Everly Brother’s singing duo and the Gramy winning jazz base player Charlie Haden. Then last month Shenandoah’s Willie Leacox announced his retirement from a 40 year drumming career with the band America. The national and world attention to these music greats renewed a sense of pride in Shenandoah’s music heritage and inspired this year’s theme “Rock, Roll & Reminisce.”
Music will be a part of the Shenfest activities with a free concert at the Everly Brothers Childhood Home next to the Historical Museum by the returning group of “Brother South” of Branson, Mo., back by popular demand. The concert will follow the 2 p.m. parade down Sheridan Avenue.
Shenandoah Chamber & Industry Association invites everyone to experience the dynamic duo “Brother South”. Formally, with the award winning show 50’s at the Hop in Branson, Mo. Shane Vorhaben of Tyler, TX and Dave Sanders from Winnfield, LA have continually amazed crowds around the country for over ten years. Everly Brothers music is their specialty. Brother South has won many awards including best duet for the song “Cathy’s Clown” and best duet CD “Everly After” by Branson Show Awards.
Brother South performs a variety of music from county to that great old 50’s Rock and Roll. From “Yakety Yak” to “The Race is On”. But there is no other duo that can sing the Everly Brothers the way they do. “Bye Bye Love”, “Wake up Little Susie”, “When Will I Be Loved”, and “Dream” just to mention a few will leave everyone swaying, getting up to dance, and remembering their first kiss.
Shenandoah’s will also be reminiscing about all the Grandmarshal couple has done for the community as they lead the Shenfest parade. Bob and Edi Norris have been named 2014 Grandmarshals. In addition to retiring after serving as city attorney for 45 years, Bob and Edi have volunteered in many community activities such as the Boy Scouts, Greater Shenandoah Foundation, Rotary Club, Hospital Auxillary, and more. They were recently honored at the Iowa State Fair for Volunteers of the Day. More details will be coming about their contribution to Shenandoah.
If marching bands, businesses or individuals would like to sign up for the parade or have questions they can contact SCIA at 712-246-3455 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Food court forms are available at the chamber.
2014 Shenfest schedule includes:
• Sept. 21, 2 p.m. Miss Shenandoah & Little Miss Shenandoah Pageant, High School Auditorium. Sponsored by Bank Iowa.
• Sept. 27, 7-10 a.m. Firemen’s Pancake Fundraiser, Safety Center.
• 8 a.m. 3 Mile Shenfest Fun Walk, 8:30 a.m. Fun Run, registration 7:45 a.m. – by Shenandoah Medical Center. Start at old depot in Sportsman’s Park, prizes, registration forms at SMC Wellness Ctr.
• 8.a.m. Alumni & Alum-not Tennis Tournament at Gee Park, Check in at 8 a.m. $20 per team, play begins at 8:30 a.m. Double Elimination, play may continue Sunday if needed. For more info. Google Shenandoah Tennis.
• 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Shop Shenfest! Downtown parking in front of stores until noon, then street closes for the parade.
• 9 a.m. SCIA AG Tractor Show, across from Safety Ctr, Demos, Dash Plaques, drawings, Tractors also invited to enter parade.
• 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Food Court, Flatiron Plaza, local clubs & org. fundraising, vender forms at SCIA, Garden City Farmer’s Mkt.
• 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Southwest Iowa Art Tour at Get Framed. Live painting demos by artists & 25th Anniversary Open House. Continues Sept. 28, 1 p.m.-5 p.m
• 10 a.m. People for Paws Strut Your Mutt Parade Sheridan Ave., 10:30 a.m., 10 a.m. registration Rail Road Ave. west of Museum, costumes encouraged for mutt & walker, route runs east on Sheridan Ave. to the Flatiron.
• 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Heifer Project Fundraiser Petting Zoo at Priest Park free-will donation, bake sale, childrens entertainment & snacks. sponsored by area churches. Free Hot Dogs while they last starting at 11 am by the Boy Scouts under the new scout project gazebo.
• 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Veterans Memorial Museum open for touring at Memorial Armory with concession stand.
• 11:00 a.m.-5 p.m. 40’s, 50’s, 60’s & more Car Show & Shine, Railroad Ave. next to Everly House
• 2 p.m. Shenfest Parade, downtown, Sheridan Ave., lineup on Clarinda Ave., check-in at Center St. Band awards at Everly Brother Home after parade. Free water under the dome by Church of the Nazerne.
• 3 p.m. –5:30 p.m. Bingo & Silent Auction under the Tent at the Depot, Fundraiser for M.A.Y. Mentoring. Free Rootbeer Floats from the Depot following parade while they last.
• 3:30 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. Brother South, Branson, Mo. Everly Brothers entertainment at Everly Brothers Childhood Home, Sheridan Ave., FREE, Bring your lawn chairs. We accept Everly Brothers Foundation donations.
• 8 p.m. Depot Restaurant hosts the band “Johnny Reef & the Shipwrecks”, $5 cover.
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||Garden City Farmers Market
Home grown and hand made produce, baked goods, and crafts in front of city hall. Voted best farmers market in western Iowa.
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