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Dixie Music Center will celebrate their 19th anniversary in business with their annual music festival. This will be the Old Town’s store’s 10th such event in as many years. The Saturday, Oct. 9, show is free and is open to the public.
Artists scheduled to appear include Wendy Barmore, presently from Dunedin. Wendy got her start working clubs in New York, but also spent time in Los Angeles, before returning to New York City. She is the sister-in-law of frequent DMC performer/singer/songwriter, Pat Barmore. Wendy put on a dynamic show at her appearance on the DMC stage three years ago. More can be learned at wendyrox.com.
Also performing is Section 8, a rock ‘n’ roll trio featuring Donnie Conlin and Jimmy Norris of Dixie County, with Hernado’s Glen Cannon on drums. This band, which plays Classic Rock with a strong Southern flavor, was founded in Palm Beach County back in ’95. Local club favorites, the Saltwater Cowboys – another three-piece band – with Dixie County’s Glenn Bailey and Keith Hancock (along with Perry’s John Polisky on drums), return to the DMC stage this year.
Area Bluegrass-flavored group, the Foggy Creek Band, makes their Old Town debut this year. Under the direction of group leader Dave Elliot, this acoustic group puts a nice Bluegrass twist on tunes from artists as diverse as Hank Williams to Lynyrd Skynyrd. Their site can be found at foggycreekband.com. Also making their DMC stage debut this year is the group, Edify. They are the praise band from the Christian Fellowship Community Church of Bell, under the leadership of Tom Powell. Making a rare performance is Dotti South and the Slackers. This amusing quartet consists of Bob and Dotti Leichner, owners of Dixie Music Center; Bruce Miller, guitar instructor at DMC and owner of BIG Studios in Fanning Springs; and Ted Patrick, much-in-demand keyboard player. And rounding out the bill will be the Dixie Music Center School of Music’s All Stars, consisting of current students. Audio production will be provided this year by the store with the assistance of “Human” Bill Driggers, Donald Conlin, and James Norris.
Concert-goers are encouraged to bring folding chairs for their comfort. The store will open at 9:00AM, with live music commencing at 9:30. The event usually closes out after the prize drawings, which is typically after 4:00PM.
Dixie Music Center is located at 26626 S.E. U.S. Highway 19 in Old Town, 2 ? miles north of the Suwannee River bridge and across from the weigh station. The store is owned and operated by Old Town residents, Bob and Dotti Leichner.
For further information, please call (352) 542-3001. Further information will also soon be posted at www.dixiemusiccenter.com.