On July 12 from 1-5 p.m. the first annual “Old Courthouse Music Jamboree” will be held on the lawn of the historic old Logan County Courthouse. There will be several performers playing different genres of music from traditional country, gospel and blues, to rock & roll to southern rock.
Performer will be by Travis Bryan (gospel), Patrick Beasley (southern rock and country), Ken Jolly (rock, blues and country) and Don Rust (traditional country).
“This is the first year we have held this event,” said organizer Don Rust, who also is one of the performers. Rust said they held something similar during last winter inside the courthouse courtroom but wanted to move it outside during the summer months. “We are trying to get this new event kicked off and hopefully it will become an annual thing throughout the summer.”
The Music Jamboree will be held on the second Saturday of the month through September. There is no cost to come out and enjoy the music. Donations will be accepted and given to the Fisher House at Fort Campbell. The Fisher House provides a “home away from home” where military families can be close to a loved one receiving medical treatment at local hospitals for an illness, disease or injury.
Rust said he began the event because he felt Logan County had a lot of musicians that needed an avenue to perform, as well as giving the community something to do that is free of charge where they can relax and enjoy themselves, all while helping out a charity.
Rust, who lives in Russellville, has only been playing music for nine years and finds it therapeutic.
“I’ve always loved music, but never had the time to set down and dedicate time to it,” said Rust, who injured his wrists in a rodeo accident and began playing as a form of physical therapy. Rust admits he has written music a time or two and now has the opportunity to play it.
How does Rust find the acts to play during the Jamboree? Well, if someone calls him he will schedule them. Sometimes he hunts down the talent, but admits it’s easier if they contact him.
The Logan County Tourism Board will be on hand at the Jamboree for soft drinks, water and snacks. Eventually when the events draws enough crowd, Rust said they would love to have vendors come in.
“This is a grassroots effort right now and hopefully it will outgrow me eventually,” said Rust. “Everybody please spread the word around and come out and enjoy it.”
In August the Jamboree will feature a talent contest with over $300 in prize money. Performers must register before Aug. 9. Those interested can call Rust at 270-847-5433. There will be $150 for 1st place, $100 for 2nd place, $50 for 3rd place and $25 for 4th place. There will also be door prizes at the August event provided by Gerald Printing.
“Any younger music is okay, there is no age limit, but there will be no tracts allowed,” said Rust, adding that performers will have to either play or sing themselves or be accompanied by other musicians. They can perform a cover or original song.
Bring your lawn chairs.
For more info contact Rust at 270-847-5433.