By Leila Dycus staff writer
Perhaps one of the most well-known artists, Diane Durrett, graced the Rutledge Gazebo last week, drawing in quite the crowd. “She sold a lot of CDs, which is a good indication that people liked her,” said Terry Reeves, concert series director. The Rutledge Park was packed last week with people from near and far. The reason they were there was to listen to the smooth sounds of Diane Durrett and Melissa Massey.
Durrett is perhaps one of the most well known artists to grace the gazebo, having opened for a number of famous artists. Massey is Durrett’s long-time friend and the drummer for her band. The night was focused around these two ladies commanding attention of the audience with their original music. Perhaps the most memorable part of the concert was when Massey broke out in a set where she drummed on her mouth and jaw.
The set had the crowds going wild with excitement. It was sure to be one of the most memorial moments in this concert series. Beyond that moment was when Reeves was asked to join the duo in singing. Reeves, known for being behind the scenes, added another element to the already fabulous team of singers.
Durrett and Massey brought one of the largest crowds to town with people from all over the state visiting Rutledge to enjoy the show. Crowds were not disappointed as they danced and grooved to the music. “I’m really proud, last week was another indication of how our concert series is growing and how well received in the entire area and even outside of Morgan County,” said Reeves. After being encouraged by residents the concert series offered a new twist to the already exciting evenings, a table-decorating contest. Audiences brought out their tables and decorations to participate in the event.
Each week the best table will be crowned and awarded a dinner for two at The Caboose. Reeves would like to encourage people to continue coming out to the concerts. She wants people to bring their tables and decorations. This aspect of the series adds a fun way to be more involved.
Next week’s concert is a local band, Johnny Roquemore and the Apostles Bluegrass. It’s been a while since bluegrass came to Rutledge and this band is sure to impress the crowds. The show starts at 7 p.m., so be sure to get there early and grab your spot on the grass.