By Kevin Shannahan
Teams from two local area banks, City Bank and The Bank of Montgomery, battled for musical bragging rights at the 2nd Annual Midsummer Night on the Cane held at Maglieaux’s Riverfront Restaurant, Sunday, June 25th. The event was a lipsync battle held as a fundraiser for the upcoming Natchitoches Jazz Festival. The popular restaurant’s outdoor patio was packed with a festive crowd eager to support their team as well as the Natchitoches Jazzfest while having a wonderful time.
The evening started with a set from longtime local musical favorites The Snake Doctors. The lipsync battle was then commenced by the “Snake Nurses” (The Snake Doctors with the addition of local attorney Rodney Harrington/Johnny Earthquake, all in less than convincing wigs) followed by a spirited rendition of “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by the Maglieaux’s waitstaff.
The “’80’s Babies” from City Bank “made it rain” by throwing play money at the crowd and ending their song by smashing the lead singer’s guitar. Not to be outdone, the “Spice Girls”of the Keyser Branch of the Bank of Montogomery answered with a high energy combination of dance and lip synched singing. The judges had a difficult decision, but narrowly awarded the top act to the Bank of Montgomery’s “Spice Girls.” The evening ended with Billy O’ Con and Badd Apple’s classic rock sounds.
Maglieaux’s Riverfront Restaurant, now in its 4th year of operation that quickly became a fixture on the local dining scene, has hosted the lipsync fundraiser since its inception last year. In the words of owner John Richmond, “… We’re proud to do this fundraiser each year to help the Jazz Festival and we’re glad to be a part of Natchitoches…” John and his wife Kathy have made their home in our city for the past six years.