Wakonda filmmakers Doug and Judi Sharples launched the non-alcoholic, family-friendly music venue on May 16, 2001, with a concert by the late Omaha jazz legend, Preston Love, and his quartet. Love, the subject of an unreleased documentary by the filmmakers, was the lead alto saxophonist for the Count Basie Orchestra in the 1940s and the West Coast orchestra leader for Motown in the 1960s, among other credits.
Springfield musicians John and Susan McNeill, who are Gayville Hall's regular on-stage hosts, performed at Gayville Hall's second concert in 2001, as did Nick Schwebach, Owen DeJong, and Larry Rohrer, a.k.a. The Public Domain Tune Band. The five musicians have appeared at Gayville Hall more than any other musicians.
The 20-something-year-old Ginn Sisters, who were a big hit during their first appearance at Gayville Hall last year, are a rising country duo from Austin, TX. They perform mostly original tunes by Tiffany Ginn.
Gayville Hall is located at 502 Washington Street in Gayville. Tickets are $12.50 at the door or $15 for a reserved seat. Call 605-267-2859.