'Good Old Songs' at Gayville Hall June 29 Gayville Hall will present its third concert of what emcee John McNeill calls "the good old songs" on Saturday, June 29, at 8 p.m. These are popular songs, most written by American songwriters during the early and mid-20th century, that have stood the test of time.
Performing with McNeill in the show will be his wife, Susan, and veteran Sioux City musicians Dave Napier and Gary Lewis.
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 performing in Chicago before returning to Iowa. He plays in his own jazz quartet and in the Dixie Daddys, among other groups. This is his third appearance at Gayville Hall.
Lewis, on banjo, guitar and trombone, will perform in his fourth show at Gayville Hall. A psychotherapist in private practice in Sioux City, he has played music since childhood and performs regularly with the Dixie Daddys, with whom he first appeared at Gayville Hall last July.
John McNeill was born in Oklahoma, grew up in Indiana and Connecticut, and first came to South Dakota to attend 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.
Gayville Hall is at 502 Washington Street in Gayville. Admission is $10 at the door or $12.50 for an advance reserved seat. Call 605-267-2859.