Evart Musicale series comes to a close
EVART — After a summer filled with the sound of folk music, Johnny Cash songs, a stringband and more, the Evart Summer Musicale series has sung its last tune.
The melodies of the Celtic Festival on Saturday marked the finale of the annual series sponsored by the Downtown Development Authority.
“It went really well. We had a great turnout,” said DDA Director Al Weinberg. “We had a good mix of genres.”
With between 100 and 150 community members attending each of the seven musical gatherings at the Evart Depot throughout the summer, the series served as a musical getaway for locals looking for a fun family evening and area newcomers looking for a toe-tapping tune.
For Battle Creek area residents Kathy and Dave Degraaf, the concerts at the depot are a must-see every time they visit the area to stay in their cottage near Barryton. The pair came to three of the seven concerts this year and have come to many more during the past five years.
“We come and watch these as often as we can,” Kathy said. “It’s so much fun.”
From Gasta, the celtic instrumental band that played during Saturday’s finale, to the Swing Kings, which graced the depot with their sound in late July, the Degraafs said each concert has been as exciting as the last.
“I don’t think there has been one that we haven’t enjoyed,” Kathy said.
Along with Gasta, celtic bands Finvarra’s Wren and Rant, Maggie, Rant also played at the depot Saturday.
DDA outgoing staff members Christopher Moore, A.J. Weinberg and Antonio Milelello, also known as the “Cash Mob Minions” showcased their talent on guitar and cajón — a Cuban box drum — between celtic performances.
As the Summer Musicale Series came to a close, Weinberg said he was satisfied with the performances, but there might be some changes in lineup in next year’s summer series.
“We are looking at different genres that will bring out more people,” he said.