'Dancin' in the Streets'
of La Grange to
sponsor concert at Gazebo
Marlins, The Vinyl Kings
will kick off weekend of fun
Helene E. McKinney
LA GRANGE, Ky. (July 2012) This years headliners
for the annual Dancin in the Streets will be a returning
crowd-pleasure, The Marlins. Even though this four-brother band
has performed off and on at the Friday night event since the mid-1990s,
they always bring something new to the stage.
The Marlins group is composed of brothers Gary, Jace, Rick and Robert.
At festivals such as this one, we always have a good time,
said Gary Marlin, who lives in southern Indiana.
County Day Schedule
Noon at the John W. Black Community Center, 1551 N.
Hwy. 393, Buckner: Grand Marshal Luncheon to honor Buddy Head.
For tickets call Teresa Kinney at (502) 222-2665 or Paige Weeks
at (502) 222-0437. Tickets $12.
Dancing in the Streets free concert at Oldham
County Courthouse. Sponsored by the City of La Grange. 5:30-7:30
p.m.: The Vinyl Kings.
8-11 p.m.: The Marlins.
7-10:30 a.m.: Oldham County Rotary Pancake
Breakfast at La Grange City Hall Community Center, 307 W. Jefferson
10 a.m.: Oldham County Day Parade. The parade
begins at Immaculate Conception Church, turns left onto Hwy. 146
(Jefferson Street) at La Grange Elementary, turns right on to
Walnut Street and right on to Main Street.
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Childrens games &
Carnival (3-12 years old) at the La Grange Christian Church (side
lawn facing Hwy. 53), 214 N. First St.
Noon: Gunfight at High Noon. Presented by Six Guns.
1 p.m.: Oldham County Community Band
3 p.m.: Tug of War
4 p.m.: Gunfight at High Noon. Presented by
Oldham County Singers
9 a.m.: The Weeks Family
11:30 a.m.: Scenes from Annie by
St. Francis School
12:30 a.m.: Barefoot Best Friends
2 p.m.: Bluegrass Jam
Second Street Gazebo
9 a.m.: Oldham County YMCA presents ZUMBA FitnessTM
11 a.m.: A Cappella Fellas (barbershop harmony)
1:30 a.m.: Allen Lane (country, southern rock)
2 p.m.: Benjamin Brainard & La Grange Baptist
4 p.m.: Cryin Wolf
The band has been together professionally for over 30
years. They have played from coast to coast across the United States
There are eight kids in our family, said Marlin. We
all play an instrument and sing. Its a full-time job for us.
Last year the band completed a 56-city tour in four months.
The siblings started their band based on their fathers suggestion.
He played a fiddle and appeared on WHAS TV in the 1950s. Our youngest
brother is a musician in Las Vegas. Were a family of musicians,
The Marlins include a variety of music in their stage performance, from
country and rock to bluegrass. It is the family aspect and variety of
music that makes the band unique, Marlin said.
Their repertoire includes the Beach Boys, The Four Seasons and usually
we mix it up, depending on the crowd, he said.
This past January, the bands original song, I Believe in
America, was included to the 9-11 Memorial Museum in New York
The Marlins will be this years headlining band for Dancin
in the Streets, scheduled from 8-11 p.m. Friday, July 20. They will
perform at the Gazebo on Second Street.
Local favorite, The Vinyl Kings, will open Dancin in the Streets
at 5:30 p.m. and play until 7:30 p.m. They performed this same event
four years ago.
The band is your classic, four-man set-up, like the Beatles did,
said band member Michael Murphy of Louisville. We try to keep
the show simple.
Murphy began the band in 1979 under the name, The Oafs. At the time,
the band played folksy-type stuff, he said, but quickly learned to do
more high-energy entertaining.
Murphy, 56, describes the bands repertoire as containing a mix
of pop hits, 60s favorites, and many popular hits that anybody
The band has 100 songs that they rotate shows around. The musical atmosphere
of 1966 is the flavor we want to convey, said Murphy.
Murphy, who is also a farrier, said the band got their start in Oldham
County. When the people I worked for found out that I was in a
band, they had us play at parties at their farms.
By 1999, the band had gotten with a couple of agencies and formed the
current model of what we do today, he said.
Growing up, some of Murphys favorite performers were the Beatles,
Paul Revere and the Raiders, Glen Campbell, and most of the British
Invasion bands. He said he is very lucky to get to perform with the
other three band members who are like my brothers. Were
Dancin in the Streets is the precursor to the entertainment line-up
for Oldham County Day the following day, July 21. The Friday night event
is sponsored by the City of La Grange.
There are a couple of different performers for Oldham County Day that
we are really excited about this year, said Paige Weeks, who serves
as entertainment chairperson. The Project Guild of La Grange organizes
Oldham County Day each year.
One is a performance by St. Francis Academy in Goshen. Students are
working on their own rendition of the musical Annie, from
which they will perform excerpts. Another addition to this years
line-up is a Bluegrass Jam in which anybody can come and bring
an instrument, she said.
A Zumba fitness demonstration will take place early in the day at 9
a.m. This is an exercise class that is fun to watch and listen
to the music, said Weeks.
The entertainment offerings cover all genres. We have as wide
a variety of things as we can have. Everyone can find something they
are interested in.
Additional entertainment includes Gunfight at High Noon, the Oldham
County Community Band, Barefoot Best Friends, Allen Lane (country and
southern rock), Benjamin Brainer and the La Grange Baptist Worship Band,
Cryin Wolf, A Capella Fellas and the Oldham County Singers.
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