July 7 Gayville concert to feature Dixieland band

July 7 Gayville concert to feature Dixieland band Gayville Hall will present The Dixie Daddys, a seven-piece Dixieland band from Sioux City, IA, at the venue's third concert, scheduled for 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 7.

The program is titled "A Celebration of Music and Song/2" and will also feature the McNeills of Springfield.

The Dixie Daddys were formed by Sioux City architect Bob Lee and several others, including three Catholic priests, in 1985. Lee had performed in Dixieland bands in high school and college but had not had an outlet for his musical talent for many years. The band's name is a playful reference to the "Fathers," who have since retired from the group.

Other musicians in the band include a music teacher on trumpet, a trombone player from the Sioux City Symphony with a doctorate in music, and others both full and part-time in music. The latter includes a drum-playing lawyer and a banjo-strumming psycho-therapist.

John McNeill is master of ceremonies for the show and will perform original tunes with his wife, Susan. He has written hundreds of songs, music for documentary films, and jingles.

Gayville Hall is located at 504 Washington Street in the heart of downtown Gayville. Admission is $7.

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