Gayville Hall performance features ‘good old songs’

Gayville Hall performance features 'good old songs' Gayville Hall will present the latest of its "Celebration of Music and Song" concert series at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18.

The concert will feature master of ceremonies John McNeill and his guests playing what McNeill calls "the good old songs." These are classic American popular songs to which audiences always respond, he says.

McNeill, of Springfield, has researched the popularity of songs as a regular performer in supper clubs, dance halls, bars, fraternal halls, churches and other venues in the Midwest and South for over 30 years. He is a songwriter and the composer of many documentary film scores. He performs with his wife Susan, who plays bass and shares vocals.

The McNeills' musical guests for the show are Dave Napier and Gary Lewis, both of Sioux City, IA. Napier is a multi-talented instrumentalist who will play saxophone during the show. A native Virginian, he first came to Sioux City in the 1960s while in the Air Force and became a member of the city's most popular band, Danny and the Velaires. He played in Chicago 14 years before returning to Sioux City in the 1980s.

Gary Lewis will play trombone and banjo during the concert. He is a native Iowan who appeared at Gayville Hall earlier this summer with the Dixieland band, the Dixie Daddys. During the work week, Lewis is a psychotherapist in private practice in Sioux City who earned degrees from Iowa State University and the University of Iowa. He has played music since he was 10 years old.

Gayville Hall is located at 504 Washington Street in Gayville. Admission is $7.

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