Shenandoah headliner at Goat Fest

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Lewisburg's next Goats Music and More Festival will have the country music band Shenandoah, famous for hits including "Church on the Cumberland Road."

"Next To You, Next To Me" is another memorable song by Shenandoah, hired by Lewisburg City Manager Eddie Fuller who booked the band to appear on the first night of a three-day festival in Rock Creek Park.

In 1989, "'Church on the Cumberland Road' was the first time an artist's debut single went to No. 1 and stayed there for three weeks consecutively," according to Shenandoah's booking agent, Mike McGuire.

Also set for GM&M is a tribute band, "Motown Madness," including singers and musicians who perform as a variety of soul stars including Little Richard and Tina Turner, according to Fuller who booked that act for Saturday, Oct. 10.

Shawn Klush, the Elvis impersonator, will return to GM&M this year, Fuller said.

Meanwhile, there's a June 19 deadline for local musicians to enter "Battle at Rock Creek," a band competition that starts July 18, a Saturday. Competition will continue on every other Saturday night until Oct. 8, the Thursday night before GoatFest begins. Finals are the next night when GM&M starts.

"And, we'll have seven goat shows this year," Fuller said of the original reason for the festival that's grown every year since it started in 2003.

Previously, there had been as many as five goat shows. There will be two shows on the Friday of the festival, four on that Saturday and one on the last day of the festival.