Herald Columnists

July 19, 2012

There for the music

OSKALOOSA — There are several good reasons to go to this year’s Southern Iowa Fair.

Some people go for the motor sports, while others go for livestock competitions. Personally, I like going to the fair for a few reasons, but my main focus is usually on what musical acts perform for the grandstand audience.

I like the fact that many of our area youth gain valuable experiences through 4-H and FFA while at the fair. The fair food is pretty awesome, as well. But, I’m a big music fan, so I usually get interested in whatever comes to that particular stage every year.

When it comes to the musical acts that have graced the stage at the Southern Iowa Fair, I have plenty of memories from the past few years.

A few years back, a band calling themselves Hairball played at the Southern Iowa Fair. The group is a tribute band of sorts. However, they don’t simply pay tribute to one band. When I saw them play, the group performed the songs and took on the appearance of legendary acts like Kiss and AC/DC, among others.

An unfortunate rain storm ended the Hairball show that year. But, I had fun regardless. I’m sure a lot of other folks did, as well.

It hasn’t been all hard rock at the fair.

Another fantastic tribute act I saw at the Southern Iowa Fair was a man by the name of Terry Lee Goffee. This guy did the most spot-on Johnny Cash portrayal I’ve ever seen. From his speaking voice between songs to his performance of the songs themselves, this guy and his band were simply a great sight to see.

In years past, I’ve had the opportunity to interview a few of the musicians making stops at the Southern Iowa Fair. In talking with members of Hairball, it seemed their aim was true in that they were simply aiming to entertain the audience with the music they loved. When I interviewed Goffee, it was a very interesting experience because he looked and sounded so much like the Man in Black himself. I almost felt like I was interviewing Johnny Cash there for a second.

This year, the fair will include performances on Friday and Saturday nights. Little River Band and Molly Hatchet are set to perform Friday night. On Saturday, Ricochet, Sammy Kershaw, Jason Brown and Sydney Lett will hit the stage. I’m sure plenty of good times will be had by all at these shows.

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