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Country music festival promises ‘good, clean entertainment’ – Herald

HANNIBAL, Mo. — The Uptown Strings band is once again organizing a festival of country music in Hannibal.

The Spring Festival of Country Music will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Admiral Coontz Recreation Center. The festival is free of charge and open to the public. However, donations will be accepted for the band. Food and drinks will be available from Hannibal-based restaurant Greater Days.

Many in Hannibal know the Uptown Strings as the house band for the weekly senior dances held at the Recreation Center. That event has been a community fixture, marking its 44th anniversary in September.

The dances are held on Wednesdays during the day. The house band — currently known as the Uptown Strings, though it has had other names in the past — has been a constant for 43 years.

Last year, the band started putting on country music festivals with the help of Hannibal Parks and Recreation.

Betty Parsons Miller, drummer for the Uptown Strings, says her husband, Martin, has organized the festivals so far.

“He just thought it would be kind of neat to do something special,” Miller said. “We play during the daytime for the seniors, and he thought it would be kind of nice to have something, and (Hannibal) Parks and Recreation said, ‘Yeah, that sounds like a good idea.'”

When the group plays the festivals, they go by the name Memory Lane.

“We thought that was good,” Miller said. “We’re going down memory lane with country music.”

In addition to Miller on the drums, the band consists of Martin Miller, rhythm; Harlon Lane and Wendell Glance, lead guitar; Jack Owens, steel guitar; and Glenn Cornelius, bass.

Tony Gilliland, Gloria Reeves, Shirley Cornelius and Sue Taylor

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