The Russellville Lions Club is hoping to bring back the spirit of a piece of local history when its hosts a benefit concert later this month.
Pete Lehman, the Lions Club member who is organizing the event, has gotten together some of the top local musical talent in hoping to recapture some of the magic from the old “Live at Libby’s” radio show.
“That show was kind of a proving ground for up and coming country music acts in the 1990s,” Lehman said. “Busloads of people would come up to see that.”
The shows took place in Daysville and were later revived somewhat by a similar Lions Club event, which Bill Decker got together.
Lehman wants this Lions Club concert to be as successful as the previous one, which was held in 2002 at the original site of “Live at Libby’s.”
The latest Lions Club concert will be held on Saturday, Aug. 25, in the historic Logan County Courthouse.
There will be a variety of music styles represented, including bluegrass, rock and pop, country, blues, cowboy gospel, country gospel and more.
“We’ve got so many talented local musicians,” Lehman said. “This is going to be just a great night of music.”
The doors will open at 3 p.m. and music will take place from 4-9 p.m.
Tickets will be $10 apiece and the proceeds will be split between the Lions Club and a special fund that is being set up to help fix the sound system in the old courthouse.
“The sound system up there isn’t working right now,” Lehman said. “I’d like for them to get one put in up there that can be used for concerts like this or special public meetings or assemblies. That would give Logan County just another good venue to use.”
Some of the local musicians that will be taking part in the event include Michael Gough (blues), Tim Harris (Elvis, gospel), Barry Silvey and friends (bluegrass), Ronnie Murphy and Dale Tinsley (country), Three for Thee with Wesley Walker (southern gospel), The Bilbreys (country gospel), Steve Boarman and friends (rock & pop), Bucky Thomas (cowboy gospel) and others.
Ticket sales are limited according tot he seating available upstairs in the courthouse.
There will also be food available. The Lions Club will be grilling pork chop sandwiches and the Friends of the Library will have a bake sale, including cakes, pies, brownies and cookies.
Snack packs will be available on the courthouse lawn for sale to walk-up customers and car sales to traffic on the street.
No food or drink is allowed upstairs in the courtroom, but tables will be set up downstairs for those that wish to eat inside.
To purchase tickets or for more information, contact Mark Wilkins at 726-3919, Lehman at 726-1004, Boyd Hammond at 726-1260 or Carl Foster at 836-6490.