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Lone Derangers kick off Saturdays in the Park concerts

Summer wouldn&squo;t be summer without starry nights; sitting out on lawn chairs and relaxing to some down home music. Don&squo;t worry ‐ summer isn&squo;t over yet, and you can still enjoy all of the above at Columbus&squo; popular summer concert series, Saturdays in the Park.

For the third year, Pinecastle Records, The Music Shed, and the Town of Columbus present three nights of musical entertainment at Veterans Park in Columbus. Organizers say Saturdays in the Park is a great way to savor summer nights just a while longer. The first two years were cosponsored by Tile Specialties and the Columbus Merchants Association. They helped to reinvigorate the weekend music shows that had been held in Stearns Park for so long.

Tryon&squo;s own band, The Lone Derangers, kicks off the concert series this Saturday, Aug. 29, at 7 p.m.

American folk and rock is the signature sound of the Lone Derangers. They are noted for their harmonies and unique arrangements, and they play an extensive repertoire of covers and original music.

Members of the group include: Doug Dacey, vocals and guitar; Jay Lichty, vocals, electric banjo and mandolin; Stan Halbkat, vocals and upright bass; Andy Costine, vocals and guitar; Charles Wolff, drums and Gerald Ellenburg, resophonic guitar.

The Lone Derangers are a popular band in the Foothills area, and they are sure to get people out of their comfortable chairs and up dancing the night away. Read more about the band at their blog site: www.myspace.com/thelonederangers.

Next up are The Churchmen, who will perform their version of Southern gospel music and bluegrass Sept. 12 (www.

thechurchmen.com). The Churchmen hail from Collinsville, Va., and their sound has that wistful &dquo;longing for home&dquo; quality that banjo picking, mandolin, and fiddle can bring to authentic bluegrass and gospel.

Eddie and Martha Adcock, known as the &dquo;Biggest Little Band in Bluegrass,&dquo; will close out the Saturdays in the Park series on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009. (www.eddieandmarthaadcock.com).

This Grammy-nominated duo makes their home in Lebanon, Tenn. They have traveled around the world together, garnering rave reviews from all kinds of audiences. They are called &dquo;stellar musicians and vocalists&dquo; by &dquo;Cashbox Magazine,&dquo; and organizers say their dazzling performance is not to be missed.

Admission is free, so bring a picnic, a blanket or a chair, and come out for three evenings of memorable entertainment.

All shows are from 7 to 9 p.m. Veterans Park is located at the corner of Gibson and Ward Streets in Columbus. For additional information , contact the Columbus Town Hall at 828-894-8236.