Gayville Hall Celebrates Merle Haggard

GAYVILLE — Gayville Hall presents "A Celebration of Merle Haggard," starring John and Susan McNeill, Nick Schwebach, and Owen DeJong, at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30, in Gayville.

John McNeill, of Springfield, will sing Haggard's songs in the two-hour concert that was first presented at Gayville Hall in 2008. It has been repeated at least once each year since.  

McNeill is emcee and a regular performer with his wife Susan at the alcohol-and-smoke-free venue. He also created the hall's tributes to Hank Williams and Johnny Cash.

Schwebach, who plays lead and steel guitars, and DeJong, on fiddle, are members of the band Poker Alice. They have toured with "Always … Patsy Cline" and Gayville Hall's Hank Williams and Johnny Cash tributes. They are from rural Wakonda.

Gayville Hall is located at 502 Washington Street in Gayville. For tickets, call (605)-267-2859.

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