And I'll almost certainly be back.
It was a great show, featuring a Friday evening show and a Saturday afternoon and evening show. My buddy Dale went Friday, and my brother and I (along with Busterboy) went Saturday.
The hotel is a massive, sprawling building, overlooking Interstate 44 southwest of St. Louis. It sets on a hill, so that the 3rd floor (where we stayed) is accessible from the outside as well as in, and has numerous hallways and wings and banquet/meeting rooms as well as an indoor swimming pool and recreation area -- known as a "Holidome" back in the day.
We saw Possum Trot (great band name!), That Dalton Gang, Riverbend (from Alton, IL), the Bakers, and David Parmley & Cardinal Tradition. Each band did a set in the afternoon and another during the evening show. Parmley and his fine new outfit (Steve Day, fiddle; Steve Thomas, mandolin, fiddle; Dale Perry, banjo; and Ron Spears, bass) were the headliners, and rightly so. They did great stuff, such as Randal Hylton's "32 Acres" and gospel and folk standards such as "Working on a Building" and "Darcy Farrow." All delivered with superb showmanship, humor, and great stage presence.
|That Dalton Gang|
*A key figure on the bluegrass scene in this part of Missouri, Pat served on the MABC (Missouri Area Bluegrass Committee) for 38 years. She died in 2014.