Posted by Gumbograss on Thursday, November 8, 2012
Roscoe, Lee and Abadie had a blast playing at Civil War Days in Old Washington, AR last weekend! During the day, we were set up under the trees where we played for the crowds that drifted in and out, performed magic acts, phrenology readings, and presented Dr. Abadie's Elixir of Life, Restorative and Calmative Elixir, and Black Bear Fat Salve in true Medicine Show style. We whooped and hollered raised a ruckus, and we easily set music back 150 years! After that, they still let us play for the ball that night. Old Washington has one of the most skilled vintage dance groups we've seen. With our dance caller, John Sharrock, we led a ball that had the dancers busy and happy late into the evening! We even gave away a copy of one of our CD's, Music of the Old South, as a prize to the poor fellow who ended up being the last partner of the broom in the Broom Dance.
Tomorrow evening, we'll be arriving in Alexandria, Louisiana for The Kent House Plantation's sweetest event of the year...Sugar Days! We'll perform throughout the day, much like we did in Old Washington. But we are expected to present dance instructions to the visitors. John isn't able to attend, so our backup caller, Paul Hilborn, will be handling this end of the act. I'm sure it'll be a fantastic Saturday for us and all who are able to attend. There is no evening ball this year, so we will head back to Baton Rouge when our day wraps up around 5 pm.
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