Thursday, October 7, 2010
By SUE WATSON
A crowd estimated at 1,000 or more turned out for the final blues night of the season.
It was the largest night in attendance for the summer season that began in July. About 40 bikers also rode in for the blowout.
Organizers say they are looking forward to planning a similar Main Street Association-sponsored event next year because of the outstanding success of the Hidden Treasures bikers/blues combo.
Thursday night’s lineup included bluesman Robert Belfour; Ralph Waller and The Tough Street Band with “The Black Stallion” and “Brown Sugar;” Kenny Brown with Duwayne Burnside; Soul Finger Blues Band with “Preacher Man;” and Chris Richardson with “Back Together Again” on keyboard and Mike Smith on horns. David Johnson, head of BTA Band, and drummer Willie Davis were also available.
Some comments from the crowd at Thursday night’s event were as follows:
Main Street Executive Director Judy Smith thanked many who helped make biker rally/blues night a resounding success for Holly Springs Main Street Association and the community at large. They included – David Caldwell (provided the electricity); Evangelist Wanda Richmond; the musicians and bands (Ralph Waller and the Tough Street Band, Duwayne Burnside, Robert Kimbrough Sr., Soul Finger, Country Boy Wayne ‘Lil’ Wilson and the Countryettes, “Little Johnny” Taylor; and Mark “Muleman” Massey); Billy Autry; Tyson Drug Co.; Willie Wilkinson (emcee); David Beckley; police chief Robert Pearson and the police department; fire chief Kenny Holbrook and the firemen; Dura Moss, lineup of bikers; Bobby Johnson and Harold Moncrief with RCTV-2; Wayne Fiddis, station manager WURC-FM 88.1; Sylvester Oliver, division of Humanities; Rust College students, the Mass Communications Department and Debayo Moyo; Donald Street; Holly Springs Mayor Andre’ DeBerry and the board of aldermen; Hugh Hollowell; The South Reporter and Sue Watson; Suzann Williams with Holly Springs Tourism; and Ronnie Bolden.
Additional recognition goes to the members of the promotion committee – Judy Smith, executive director; Charles Terry, co-chair; committee members Andy McMillon, Lisa Liddy, Tracey Reynolds, Jean Moore, Pat Boga, Lequanda Isom, Gary Tunstall; Von Autry, Pauline Scales, Herman Houston and Fannie Lampley, chair.
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