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Concert will get toes tapping

The McDuffie Arts Council presents a concert with Custer's Last Band next weekend in the Monroe Kimbrel Memorial Gardens.

"It'll be good, tapping-your-toe-and-singing-along kind of music," said bass player Sara Lokey. "So get ready for a fun night of familiar songs, new songs and some great blue-grass."

Custer's Last Band started in 2003 when members of the band got together to play for a fundraiser for Phinizy Swamp in Augusta. They're regulars at the Phinizy Swamp Soiree every year, as well as playing at Enterprise Mill and Applebee Library in Augusta, North Augusta's Music in the Park summer series and Augusta Symphony fundraisers.

Mrs. Lokey said their music is "bluegrass with a little older kind of plastic gospel tunes thrown in and some Bob Dylan songs arranged in a bluegrass style."

"So it's a mix of a lot of different stuff," she said.

Mrs. Lokey hails from Thomson and is the daughter of Tom and Kathy Neal and the daughter-in-law of George and Kay Lokey.

She comes to Thomson every Christmas to play music for the community choir's Messiah performance.

Other members of the band include Carl Purdy, who plays guitar, fiddle and is the lead singer; Natalie Johnson, who plays the banjo; and mandolin player Angel Purdy.

Opening for Custer's Last Band will be Thomson's Crosstie Walkers. The band consists of vocalist Charlie Knox, guitar player Don Powers; bass, mandolin and harmonica player Tommy Powers; drummer Greg Purvis and lead guitarist Scott Roberts. Crosstie Walkers are regular performers at the annual Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival in Thomson.


What: Concert featuring Custer's Last Band and Crosstie Walkers

When: 6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 24.

Where: Monroe Kimbrel Gardens of the Watson-Brown Foundation

Cost: $10 in advance or $12 at the gate.

Web posted on Thursday, October 15, 2009

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