Family-friendly events set last Saturday each month

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Cannelcades feature well-rehearsed singer lineups

Managing Editor

CANNELTON – The next of a series of Cannelcade of Music family-friendly summer events in Cannelton is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. July 27 in the city’s Gazebo Park.

The city’s board of public works and safety voted at a regular meeting June 27 to close the street for that event and others scheduled the last Saturday of each month through September.

“We had a nice turnout,” Mayor Mary Snyder said of the last one June 28.

“We had about a hundred people,” said organizer Ralph Terry, “which was good with all of the other things going on.”

He and his wife, Linda, coordinate the events for the Cannelton Foundation, which reaps all of their financial benefits. Some sponsors have been secured and more are welcome, he explained, encouraging anyone, including audience members, to sign up to sponsor individual singers.

Each performer has musical backing and a computer monitor if they want one, Terry said. Each singer must contact him in advance to ensure the proper music is available for them, and each show is rehearsed to make sure it will flow smoothly, he explained. The system “allows us to move faster; as one song finishes, the next act is coming up,” he said, adding that each singer has his or her favorite song “so they’re not trying new material. The night of the show, everything they sing they’ve sung before.”

Unlike regular karaoke, not just anyone can simply sign up for a turn at the microphone, he said. In addition to ensuring quick transitions from one performer to the next, Cannelcades are intended “to showcase tristate area singers to the public,” Terry said.

He called it “my way of giving back to the city.”

The system also means “we can do 70 songs in three hours,” he added, “so it’s nonstop music.

He explained he and his wife came up with the name by combining the word cavalcade, meaning “a group of horses running together,” with the city’s name. “I asked my mother years ago, ‘wouldn’t it be nice to have a cavalcade of singers?’ That gave us the idea to get several singers together.”

Hot Shot Rentals of Tell City provides bounce houses for children to enjoy during the events, Terry said, and sponsors include Coca-Cola.

If rain interrupts the event, it will move to the city’s community center, which will be open for restroom use regardless of the weather.

Anyone who’d like to perform should call Terry at 719-0449 at least two days before each Cannelcade.

People should take their own lawn chairs to what he described as an enjoyable evening and show.