Saturday March 12, 2011 ~ What a great night! The three amigos pictured above are wonderful, amazing, and talented people. They were at Hazel Kinder's Lighthouse Theater for the kick-off for the 2011 season! Richie McDonald, former lead singer with Lonestar, was going to be there but postponed his trip so Gary & KathrynCeleste took over!
Hazel Kinder's Lighthouse Theater is located at the Millersburg exit off I-70. What a wonderful building and atmosphere for artists to come to. Hazel and her staff are so friendly and heck you feel like family while your there! They have consessions but no alcohol. They try to keep this as family friendly as possible and have concerts through out the year. Visit http://www.lighthousetheater.com/ for more information for this season's upcoming events and concerts.
Hazel Kinder and her house band, The Beacon Band, started out the evening with a few songs. Richard Cox is the base guitarist, Jimmy Joe is their fill in drummer, Lonnie Patterson is their lead guitarist and Hazel Kinder sings and plays guitar too. They were really good and Lonnie and Richard were a hoot! They are silly and made you laugh.
I met Gary through his brother Paul Lear. Paul, Brandon and I have been friends since 1995. Gary Lear is orginally from Harrisburg, MO and currently lives in Montrose, CO with his wife and children. He has loved country music and has always wanted to produce an ablum and preform at concerts. He has done several concerts and a few with Bryan White & Andy Griggs. Gary is a super nice and very down to earth guy who would give you the shirt off his back. It's really hard to find people that are truly genunine and true and I hope his muscial career takes him to great places. We are hoping to hear his music on the radio!
I met KathrynCeleste through Gary Lear. Last December Gary and KathrynCeleste came to Hazel Kinder's Lighthouse Theater with Andy Griggs and we hit it off. Kathryn is a fun person. She is so down to earth and eager to met everyone. She is orginally from Midland, TX and recently moved to Nashville, TN to persue her musical career. I love her smile and this girl has got some lungs! She is almost done with the production of her first album/CD that will be out soon. Hopefully you will start hearing her on the radio soon!
I met Jeff Sturms back in December also when he came along with Andy Griggs, Gary Lear and KathrynCeleste to Hazel Kinder's Lighthouse Theater. He is amazing! Hazel's piano player couldn't be there and Jeff filled in... he played as if he had played there 100 times! He is orginally from Fetsis, MO and lives in Nashville, TN. Jeff played in George Strait's band from 1998-2007. He is very talented and now is producing music. Super nice guy and is such a great addition to Gary & KathrynCeleste's music.
To end the evening Gary & KathrynCeleste sang a song together called "I Want To Grow Old With You" which was a really great song! Both Gary & KathrynCeleste had new songs that they sang and did an amazing job! It was a wonderful evening and I always enjoy being around these guys... so much positive energy! :)