Several hundred music lovers came together at Natchitoches’ Cane River Brewery Thursday, October 10 for a fun and nostalgic look at the music of the Beatles. The event was the first of what will hopefully be many annual concerts benefiting the Natchitoches Council on Aging.
The event featured a number of stalwarts of the local music scene. Everyone’s favorite local attorney, turned musician, Johnny Earthquake, was joined by several members of the Moondogs, members of local rock favorite Badd Apple, Kelli Roberts, Jenny Massia, Rick Pierce, Luke Brouillette and Ed Huey in treating the audience to a selection of songs from the Beatles’ many albums. Natchitoches musical legend Hardrick Rivers was also on hand to lend his signature smooth sax playing to the evening’s selections. Perhaps the evening’s biggest surprise was another member of the Harrington family displaying his musical chops. City Councilman and local attorney Eddie Harrington joined his father in singing a few Beatles selections.
Natchitoches native, 1971 NCHS and 1973 NSU Alumna, Ms. Jude Southerland Kessler is a recognized authority on the Beatles and their music. She has written several books on the group and was on hand to autograph book buyers selections.
All of the musicians donated their time and talents to this worthy cause. The Natchitoches Council on Aging does vital work in improving the lives of senior citizens in our parish. They provide a Meal on Wheels program that delivers food to homebound seniors. The COA also provides fun programming such as Tai Chi and chair aerobics as well as meals at the COA building on Keyser Ave. The group is always looking to expand their offerings to our senior citizens and is looking to start field trips. The COA expects to raise about $15,000.00 at the event. The money raised will stay in our community and bring a better life to area seniors. The Natchitoches Parish Journal is eagerly awaiting next year’s concert!