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Free concert this Friday night at maritime park

Members of the “Flat Tones” are, from left, Branch Meanley, drums; Jim Padgett, guitar; Donnie Mullins, singer and drums; Courtney Mercer, bass; Donna Lange, singer; Cabell Mercer, keyboard; Gloria Matthews, singer; and Michele Meanley, singer.

by Bill Powell
Events Director
Deltaville Maritime Museum

Well, here it is! The Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park official “season” opens this weekend April 19-20. To kick off the festivities the “Flat Tones Band” and singer/guitarist David Moran have graciously offered to play for a free concert for all of us on Friday, April 19, from 5-8 p.m. to start the official season off with our members and friends.

Marty and his flavored Swineskins will also be serving in Waterfront Park. He is also cooking up his popular funnel cakes. The perfect combination: sweet and salty.

Playing from 5-6 p.m., David Moran, Deltaville’s own troubadour, tells about his music, “I am somewhere on the roads and rails, traveling from the Woody Guthrie 1930s to the Jackson Browne 1970s, stopping along the way to sing a few Hank Williams and Merle Haggard songs.” Yes, one of his rail songs is “City of New Orleans.”

The Flat Tones will play from 6-8 p.m. It is a local band with the “big” sound. Gloria Matthews, one of the singers and band spokeperson, said, “We describe ourselves as oldies playing oldies.” Although they play a lot of 50s and 60s hit parade songs, every few songs you may hear a “Sinatra” or “Bennett” standard. The Flat Tones play the songs that remind you of senior proms and sock hops and get you up and dancing. “If you want to hear music you grew up listening to, then, you need to party with the Flat Tones for a feel good experience,” Gloria continued.

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posted 04.19.2019

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