“In the park I saw a daddy
With a laughing little girl that he was swinging.
And I stopped beside a Sunday school
And listened to the songs they were singing.
Then I headed down the street,
And somewhere far away a lonely bell was ringing,
And it echoed through the canyon
Like the disappearing dreams of yesterday.”

Johnny Cash

Everything about this day was a much needed, enjoyable ending to a magical, unforgettable summer.

We were in Flat Rock, again, as part of the Flat Rock Riverfest.   Seemed like we were just in Flat Rock about a year ago, having an amazing time.  (yeah, we were . . .)

But, something about this particular year was even better.  We were to open the days’ entertainment for two other great Detroit bands.  It was up to us to set the pace for the entire day.

Ok, we were up for that!

What made it really enjoyable was that it was one thing we loved to do.  To get everyone in a great mood for enjoying music.  Funny, I know, but to us we know exactly what we mean by that.

Carl and I take great pride in what we do.  We love entertaining people with our music, because in part, because we came from such humble musical beginnings.

When we play, it is a joy most of the time for everyone involved.  We hope.

Anyway, today we were going to open up for two bands that we had never heard.  That was part of the enjoyment.

When we arrived, we staked our spot out in the front of the stage, so that the next band could set up using most every square inch.  We set up so fast, that somehow, they unplugged our power three times; so we had to reprogram our equipment over and over again.

That was fun.

But, soon we were ready to go, and we played our first song, to the delight of the one person in the audience!  Yea!  ( don’t worry, eventually more arrived.)

Well our set flew by.  We played our usual medley of songs.  A variety of country, rock and ballads, that everyone who eventually arrived seemed to enjoy.

Next up was the band called War Machine.

War Machine, we soon found out was a tribute band.  The first of the two today that emulated the legendary band, Kiss.

What fun these guys had!

Not only that; the audience came from far and wide to support them, as well.  They were loved and worshipped by young and old through each and every song!

They had a so much fun playing that you could sense it from every corner of the park.  We were watching and loving it from the VIP tent that the great folks at Flat Rock created this year.  Amazing, is what it was.  Free food and drinks.  Carl and I felt like we could stay the entire afternoon.

Ok, that is exactly what we did!!!

For just as War Machine played their final number, there was only a short time until the next great Detroit band took the stage .  .  . Captured Detroit.

The were a Journey tribute band, and both of us could not wait to hear them.  Soooooo, we had a few more beers and some more food and settled back for what turned out to be another amazing show.

Great musicianship was apparent as they played song after great song to the delight of the huge crowd.

It was an wonderful ending to a wonder summer concert series for us.  Everyone was so nice to us in Flat Rock that we hope we will be invited back in 2016!



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