Lawn Party a success!
Cortland, NY – The thud of a masterfully played concert bass marked an
evening of musical stylings complete at the WDRX-LP 100.7fm's Lawn
Party Concert on Sunday. It only seemed right a bluegrass gospel band,
along with others, be featured at the Cortland County Fairgrounds.
of speakers was among the largest cost for the concert, but with more
events like the Lawn Party slated in the next year, the thought is that the
speakers will eventually pay for themselves.
As the music started everything seemed to fall into place, crew members
sighed slightly and guests began the journey of the Lawn Party. The concert
featured Crystal and Natasha Poholka with operetic range and amazing
harmony. Dennis Shortslef with laid back guitar and vocals. Local favorites,
The Gospel Way, a four piece bluegrass band, which left the audience with
some new takes on gospel. And Jeff Hunt whose powerful voice was just
one part of the singer's remarkable story.
CCR also invited local vendors and sponsors out to the event including
Spirit & Life, So Yummy Foods, TLC- Triangle Lifestyle Center and
featured guest Hoops of Hope. Locally, Hoops of Hope is run by a
fourteen-year-old named Jessica who heard about the foundation while
attending a revival series in the spring of 2009.
Hoops of Hope was started by a nine-year-old boy, Austin, back in 2004
when he was shown a video that literally changed his life and the life of many
others. Austin started a basketball shoot-a-thon raising over a million dollars
to date for children whose parent's have died or are ailing from AIDS
Jessica was so impressed by Austin's testimony that she immediately began
organizing her first event, back in June, raising $1500. When CCR learned
of Jessica's drive for the cause they decided to feature her and Hoops of
Hope at the concert.
Recreating the evening, perhaps the only request might have been the clear
skies found at the end of the concert being present throughout the day.
Fortunately for CCR it did not rain on the fairgrounds. And while the mix of
musical styles were as unconventional as the vege burgers being served, the
evening was well received – many asking for more events - from the radio
station in the 'little red school house on Fisher Ave.' More they shall receive.
Next for CCR is a new line up of local programming, which they are still in
the process of nailing down. They invite any and all that might be interested
in developing a radio program with the station to contact Bryan Lee at
607.229.0808 or Bryan@wdrx.org.
For more information on upcoming events or Cortland Christian Radio
please visit www.wdrx.org.
The Gospel Way performs at the Lawn Party concert held
Sunday July 19th, 2009
Crystal & Natasha Poholka
Sue Haesche serves Bob Cau an oat burger.
Jessica Davis of Hoops of Hope.
Mingling with the vendors.
This was the first like event
for 100.7fm Cortland
Christian Radio and there
was anxious anticipation as it
approached. For CCR, the
Lawn Party was a whole
new monster. While they
broadcast 24 hours a day, 7
days a week they do not
broadcast live or in person.
The purchase of a new set