‘Mini hoedown’ coming to Shores this August

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published July 1, 2013

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Throughout the summer, the concerts are a little bit country, a little bit rock ‘n’ roll and a little bit everything else.

But come August, the bandshell will go country for two days straight with the St. Clair Shores Country Music Fest.

Activities Committee member and event producer Dennis Karwoski, known in the music industry as Dennis George, said the group was approached by Mayor Kip Walby with a suggestion to add another event to the roster this summer “in the vein of country music.”

“We accepted the challenge,” Karwoski said, explaining that he is a musician who has worked on production, lighting, sound and stage management for the past 40 years.

And that’s how the St. Clair Shores Country Music Fest, set for Aug. 2 and 3, was born.

Maureen Antushevich said the new event would be like “a little mini hoedown.”

“It is something new. It’s not sponsored by anybody. We’re putting it on,” she said of the Activities Committee.

On Friday night, Aug. 2, gates at Veterans Memorial Park will open to the public at 5 p.m. A $2 admission price will allow patrons inside to see Horse Cave Trio at 6 p.m. and Joey Vee at 8:30 p.m. Gates will open at 2 p.m. Saturday, with $3 admission, and the concert will open at 3 p.m. with Taylor Tucky. Richard Lawson and the Southerners take the stage at 6 p.m. and the Orbitsuns wrap up the lineup at 8:30 p.m.

Between bands, Outrageous Jams will spin country tunes, and there will be free parking both days. In addition, patrons will be able to purchase beer and wine, barbecue fare, and throughout the weekend, there will be line-dancing demonstrations, a hog-calling contest and a country-attire contest.

The public is welcome to the event; no resident park pass is required. The entire event is being paid for through donations, gate receipts, and food and beverage profits.

“Our goal, right now, is to provide the citizens and surrounding residents maximum entertainment for minimum dollars,” Karwoski said. “No tax dollars are spent on the events.”

The event will go on rain or shine and children are welcome, as well. The area where alcohol will be served will be secured and only those 21 years or older can get in. Open containers will not be allowed throughout the park.

More information and updates closer to the event will be available on the St. Clair Shores Activities Committee’s Facebook page.