July 28 Gayville concert tribute to Hank Williams Gayville Hall will present a concert of the classic, country songs of Hank Williams on Saturday, July 28, at 8 p.m.
"A Celebration of Hank Williams" is the title of the concert program, which will be performed by Nick Schwebach and Owen DeJong, both of rural Wakonda, and John and Susan McNeill of Springfield.
DeJong and Schwebach have performed together in the Public Domain Tune Band for 22 years and in the popular Poker Alice Band for a decade and a half. Schwebach, who sings and plays guitar, founded Poker Alice. He is a native of Dell Rapids. DeJong, born in Minnesota, is classical music director at South Dakota Public Radio and one of the premier fiddlers in South Dakota.
John McNeill was born in Oklahoma, grew up in Connecticut and Indiana, and first came to South Dakota to attend college. He has written hundreds of songs, music for films, and has played thousands of gigs since first performing with the Pine Street Singers of Vermillion in the 1960s. He teaches at the Springfield State Prison and performs regularly with is wife Susan, a native of Clark. Susan McNeill plays bass and sings. John McNeill plays harmonica, banjo and drums, and sings.
The musicians are all big fans of Hank Williams and are looking forward to a great show, according to Doug Sharples, who operates Gayville Hall. The show will be the new venue's fourth concert.
Gayville Hall is located at 504 Washington Street in Gayville. Admission is $7.