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Strong turnout for concert series

Last Sunday was a record-breaking night for Lynn Russwurm, as more than 300 people packed Gore Park to attend his 25th anniversary concert, one of many Sunday night shows which have made up the summer showcase concert series at the bandshell these past few months. Although the show was cut a bit short when the skies opened up and rain began pouring on the gazebo, the tireless musician, songwriter, producer and record collector was extremely pleased with the turnout.

Musician Al Heiser of Listowel joined the band at the Gore Park bandshell Aug. 15 as part of Lynn Russwurm’s anniversary jam, one of many Sunday night shows that have been part of the summer showcase concert series.

“I couldn’t believe how many people came out that night,” he said of the show which featured emcee and musician Larry Mercey, Ron Toulthard on the steel guitar, Bob Trembley on the dobro, Russwurm on the bass and guest musician Al Heiser.

The series has showcased many local musicians. Russwurm estimates that some 200 people attend each week. Often drawing an older crowd, the concerts provide the kind of music they can sing along with, and a number of familiar tunes, along with originals echoed from the gazebo this week.

“This Sunday was our best so far though. I was celebrating my wife and my 25th wedding anniversary and it will be my 80th birthday in September so we had twice as many reasons to be celebrating.”

Many of the artists have requested to be involved in the event again, and Russwurm is already looking forward to next year.

“All of us are really happy with how the season has been going. The music has been good and it is just a good time for people to get together.”

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