The Louisville Crashers proved to be a hit closing the fifth season of Seymour CityJam a year ago.
Why not have them close this season, too?
On Thursday night, the sixth year of the summer concert series will end with the popular party band from Louisville, Kentucky.
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“After last year’s season, we got tons of positive feedback about the Crashers,” said Becky Schepman, executive director of Seymour Main Street, which has organized this year’s CityJam.
“It seemed all age groups love them and had a great time. The way they interacted with the audience was a blast,” she said. “The committee immediately said we had to have them back as the grand finale again this year.”
Food and drinks will be available for purchase starting at 6 p.m., and the show goes from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Crossroads Community Park in the 100 block of East Tipton Street in downtown Seymour.
Last month’s concert had to be moved inside to the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 655 because of the weather. Schepman hopes for a clear night Thursday.
“We are praying that we can have it outside again at the new park,” she said. “The park was great because the grass was soft and comfortable for everyone to spread out in, especially families with kids. They were able to dance and just have a great time. The venue is also great because it has public restrooms and offers a really legit concert experience.”
Last year was The Louisville Crashers’ first time performing in Seymour.
The group was founded in July 2008. Howard Gittli, who plays trumpet and guitar and is the lead vocalist, is joined by his brother, Geoff Gittli, a keyboardist who also plays the saxophone and helps with vocals; Jesse Vest on bass; Shane Isenberg on guitar and vocals; and brothers Mark and Max Maxwell, who both do vocals. Max also plays drums.
The band members got to know each other by either working or teaching at Mom’s Music in Louisville. Each of them had played in different groups around Louisville before coming together to form The Louisville Crashers.
The band is known for performing mostly cover songs, but it also has written and recorded its own material.
“I thought it was amazing last year to see them literally play all genres of music,” Schepman said. “I love all kinds of different music, and so I really enjoyed it when they played Ed Sheeran and then Journey all in one show. It was something for everyone.”
Thursday’s concert will give people a chance to check out the new park and hear some good music, Schepman said.
“You will not be disappointed in The Louisville Crashers,” she said. “They are high energy, play lots of different genres and it is fun for everyone. Even if you are not a big music fan, come out and enjoy sitting outside in the new park and have a bite to eat. Chillicen will have shaved ice, and The Pines will have lots of yummy meals to pick from. It is a guaranteed good time.”
The show is sponsored by JCB, Seymour Crossing and The Tribune with Schneck Medical Center as an associate sponsor and Jackson County United Way as a friend sponsor.
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What: Seymour CityJam featuring The Louisville Crashers
When: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday
Where: Crossroads Community Park in the 100 block of East Tipton Street in downtown Seymour (rain location is Fraternal Order of Eagles Aeriee 655)
Cost: The show is free, but food and drinks will be available for purchase starting at 6 p.m.