Ashland - July 19, 2009
They came, they sang, they conquered.
Yesterday afternoon, Heartland Music, held a Bay Days event, "Battle
of the Band . It was truly a great staging of bands from Houghton to
Ashland. A genre' for everyone. It's now10 hours after the concert and
my ears are still ringing from loud, loud, performances. Loud
enough to satisfy the most demanding concert goers, including myself.
The event ended just moments before mid-night and in the end,
Ironwood's Lowell Street Band would be crowd the favorite. Not only
the favorite of the judges, but also the favorite of the huge crowd
that gathered both inside and outside the great tent.
Other than musical ability, the groups would be judged on crowd
appeal. Something that concerned a fan of an out of town group, the LSB. While all the entertainers brought a long their groupies, nothing
would match the crowd appeal of the LSB. Nothing.
It took less than 5 minutes, one song, before it was evident, who
would go home with prize. Within that time both the tent and the
outside area became filled with thousands, yes thousands, of people
who came from all over to hear "who was that playing?"
That was the question I was asked several times as I roamed
through the crowd with my camera, looking very official. One fellow
asked who are they? I said LSB. He replied, "very Impressive!"
Yes, impressive fits well, but sensational fits better. I've said
it before, and I'll say it again, we're very, very, lucky to have a
group as talented as the Lowell street Band, to call our own.
Carloads, of loyal fans came to Ashland to cheer for the great
group, and I was one of them. I'm happy that I went and happier yet
for their well deserved success.