The Lions Club sponsors Warm August Nights each year, and gets several local bands to play a set.
The music will start at 7 p.m. on Saturday with an acoustic hour. Several local musicians will play and sing a couple songs each.
After that, the featured bands start. First is Jeff Freeman Band, performing country selections.
Next is Greater Cause, which is largely a cover band but also will have some original songs.
Joey Houck band is up next with “good old time rock n’ roll,” said organizer Jerimiah Myers.
Finally, Good Lieutenants will play harder rock and roll that Myers described as “hard driving, get your pulse up” music.
Dancing is encouraged.
In addition, there’ll be a big bonfire and a barbecue. The Lions will be selling nachos, hamburgers and hotdogs along with water and soda. People are welcome to bring their own drinks, but the Lions do ask attendees not to bring beverages in glass containers.
The music will happen whether or not the weather cooperates. Myers said not quite
as good weather is actually preferred.
“Sometimes when it’s really nice, we don’t really have as good attendance as when it’s a cloudy evening,” Myers said. He thinks it’s because on super nice weekends, people are out four-wheeling or fishing. “The best attendance is when we have a rainy morning and then it clears up in the afternoon,” Myers said.
It takes place at the fairgrounds, and there will be free buses all night providing transportation from in front of the harbormaster’s office in St. Paul Harbor out to the fairgrounds. The buses leave from the office on the half hour and back on the hour with the first one leaving at 6:30 p.m.
The musicians will play in the pole barn at the fairgrounds. If the weather’s bad, the Lions have some tarps to drape to keep the rain out.
It’s a popular summer event. Myers said usually between 500 and 800 people show up, with the most appearing between 10 and 11 p.m.
Admission is three cans of food or $5. Last year, the Lions collected over 2,000 pounds of food, Myers said.
The food was split between the Baptist Mission food bank and the Salvation Army food bank.
“Everyone’s different,” Myers said. “Some bring cans of Progresso soup, someone a can of tomato soup and beets, some bring what they looked in the cupboard and decided they won’t eat. It’s all appreciated.”
The night will wrap up at 12:50 a.m. and the final buses will head back to the harbor.
“It’s a good cause and a good time,” Myers said. “It’ll be the warmest place on the island on Saturday night with the bonfire and the music and dancing.”
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