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People armed with hats and folding chairs flocked to the Leonard Grimes Amphitheater Thursday night for the free live musical performance of Fat Tuesday and the Grease Fire Horns.
The show – sponsored by Friends of Conservation of Marshall County and the Ann C. Keyser Trust – was the first of five concerts in this summer’s Live and Local Series held at Grimes Farm, and it was well attended despite the warm weather.
Carrie Grimes Barr, former president and current member of Friends of Conservation of Marshall County, as well as the daughter of the original owners of Grimes Farm, said this is about the fifth year the concert series has been running. and that she was delighted to get it. start again.
“It’s probably the most fun thing we do, and it’s wonderful to be able to give it away for free to anyone who wants to come,” she said. “We are excited to have people post COVID. It’s so nice to go outside in this healthy and natural place. That’s wonderful.”
Des Moines-based Fat Tuesday has a blues-inspired sound, and they play both original songs and covers. The vibrant sound of horns mingling with keyboard, drums and guitar reverberated around the amphitheater as they played, and the bright green foliage behind the stage provided a picturesque backdrop.
Grimes Barr said the organization usually tries not to splurge too much on live and local gigs since their funding goes to conservation efforts, but this year they received a grant to put on a bigger show. later in the season.
“We usually have a smaller budget that we have to stick to because people give us money to take care of nature, and so these fun stuff, we can’t spend all our money on that. So we have tried to be thrifty and do what people would want us to do with their money,” Grimes Barr said. “But this year we applied for a grant for a super big gig.”
On October 6, for the last concert of the season, Iowa artist William Elliot Whitmore will perform at Grimes Farm. Whitmore is an American blues, country and folk musician.
“Usually you pay a lot of money to see it, but we’re going to have it here for free, thanks to our sponsors,” said Marshall County Conservation Naturalist Emily Herring, who originated the series. gigs.
The amphitheater will host three more bands before October, with Kaizer Jazz on July 21, Bob Dorr and Friends with Jeff Petersen on August 18, and the Dueling Fiddles on September 15.
“We were surprised by the number of people who came. Like tonight it’s really hot and people might stay home in their air conditioning, but as you can see they started coming around an hour before the show started,” Grimes Barr said. “The most wonderful thing is that they can just sit and listen to this beautiful music and watch the sun go down over the meadow.”
In addition to live music, popcorn, pastries and several food trucks were on hand to provide refreshments to the public and copies of the “Leonard & Mildred Play Hide-and-Seek at Grimes Farm” book. Leonard and Mildred stuffed animals were also on sale at the concert.
If the level of attendance at Thursday’s event was any indicator, the 2022 installment of Live and Local got off to a flying start.
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