Bands to Rock City Hall Park; new gazebo ready for '08 fest

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By The Staff

TELL CITY - The celebration of Tell City's sesquicentennial will add an extra night of band music to the normal Schweizer Fest lineup this year.

Shortly after the 6 p.m. opening ceremonies Saturday, the ever-popular Evansville-based 1950s and 60s rock 'n' roll show band The Duke Boys will perform under a new gazebo in City Hall Park.

Their three-hour community-wide street dance from 7 to 10 p.m. is free and open to rock 'n' roll lovers of all ages. The Duke Boys have performed all over the tri-state area for years and are best known for their vocal harmonies, choreography and on-stage antics.

Their appearance is being sponsored by ThyssenKrupp-Waupaca, who is underwriting many of the opening day activities.

The Brau Garten will open Wednesday with entertainment by Terry Lee and the Rockaboogie Band from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Billed as the "wildest piano-pumpin' rock 'n' roll show since Jerry Lee Lewis," the band consists of Terry Lee on vocals and piano, Herb Brock on lead guitar, Jack Harden on bass and drummer Wayne Collins.

Making their Schweizer Fest debut, Terry Lee promises another night of rock 'n' roll favorites.

On Thursday, Aug. 7, from 9 p.m. to midnight, the Linda Smith Band will bring its energetic stage show to the Brau Garten, performing a wide variety of country and contemporary country favorites.

Smith has performed all over the tri-state area, and has opened for several major artists such as The Judds, Sawyer Brown, Barbara Mandrell, Oak Ridge Boys and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.

Besides Smith's vocals, she also plays guitar. Her husband, Doug, plays rhythm guitar and vocal harmonies, while son, Jason, harmonizes vocals and plays lead guitar.

Amanda Verkamp adds in keyboard and vocals, Reggie Brewer is on bass guitar and Paul Waninger on drums.

In addition to performing many radio favorites, the band has also written and recorded some of their own music.

The Linda Smith Band is being sponsored by the Schweizer Fest Business of the Year, Frederick Sheet Metal, celebrating their 125th anniversary in Tell City.

Friday, Aug. 8, sees the return of the local classic rock band Above the Law, making their fourth appearance in the Brau Garten from 8:30 to 12:30 p.m.

This popular Perry County group is comprised of Dave Arnold on keyboards, guitar and vocals; Tony Hollinden on bass and vocals; Rob Gladish on lead guitar and vocals; Bill Huff on guitar and vocals and percussionist Josh Huff.

Above the Law is sponsored by Home Mutual Insurance, who has been bringing musical entertainment to Friday nights at Schweizer Fest for 22 consecutive years.

The 50th annual Schweizer Fest will come to a fiery conclusion Saturday, Aug. 9 with the Brau Garten appearance by contemporary rock band Stomp Box 40.

This regionally popular band is made up of Eric Elder on lead guitar, Stacey Hurst and Dave Cobb on vocals, Ashley Byrd on drums and Brett Elder on Bass.

Stomp Box 40 has performed all over southwestern Indiana and has developed quite a loyal following.

They will appear from 8 p.m. to midnight, with the sesquicentennial-ending fireworks display taking place shortly after dark over the Ohio River.