'Good Old Songs' to be presented Saturday Gayville Hall will present a concert of what the hall's master of ceremonies, John McNeill, calls "the good old songs" on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 8 p.m.
These popular songs, mostly by American songwriters, have stood the test of time during the last half century or more. McNeill, from Springfield, suggested the venue's initial concert of such classics last August.
Performing with McNeill at the concert will be his wife, Susan, and veteran Sioux City area musicians Dave Napier, Gary Lewis and Bob Lee.
Napier plays soprano, tenor and baritone saxophones. He grew up in Virginia and first came to Iowa when stationed at the Sioux City Air Base in the late 1960s. He played with Danny and the Velaires in Sioux City for three years after leaving the Air Force, then spent 14 years playing in Chicago before returning to Sioux City. He first performed at Gayville Hall in August.
Gary Lewis, on banjo, guitar and trombone, will make his third appearance at Gayville Hall. A psychotherapist in private practice in Sioux City, he has played music since age 10 and performs regularly with the Dixie Daddys, with whom he first appeared at Gayville Hall in early July.
Bob Lee, on piano, was one of the founders of the Dixie Daddys and appeared at Gayville Hall in July with the group. He owns a Sioux City architectural design firm and lives in Dakota City, NE.
John McNeill was born in Oklahoma, grew up in Indiana and Connecticut, and first came to South Dakota to attend Yankton College. He teaches at the Springfield State Prison, was on the faculty of USD Springfield, and has written music for documentaries and hundreds of songs.
Susan McNeill, a native of Clark, plays bass. For many years she and John performed with their children in a "family band."
Gayville Hall is at 504 Washington Street in Gayville. Admission is $7.