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Road Runners perform through rain and shine

ANGOLA — After rainy conditions moved last week’s concert indoors, the third entry in Angola’s Summer Lawn Chair Concert Series found attendees out under the sun on Wednesday, July 2 in the village’s Centennial Park.

For this installment in this year’s run of free concerts, the classic rock and oldies cover band, the Road Runners, took the stage under the William G. Houston Gazebo for a performance sponsored by the Evans Township Lions Club.

The four-piece band kicked off the show with its rendition of Jimmy Buffet’s “Margaritaville” and was quickly met by a chorus of the concert attendees singing along to the 1977 hit song.

The show continued on with a varied selection of classic retro-pop songs such as Elvis Presley’s “Little Sister,” a medley of “Hang on Sloopy” and “Louie Louie” and the Frank Sinatra hit, “Fly Me to the Moon.”

Yet while the Road Runners ran through their set of pop standards, the sunny skies that opened the show gradually became cloudier, and before the band reached the halfway point of the evening, heavy rains began to fall onto the Angola park.

Though the rainy weather had some audience members packing up their lawn chairs and leaving, many of the attendees headed under the park’s trees so they could stay and watch the band carry on with their performance.

After the Road Runners took a brief break to move the sound equipment under the park’s gazebo, the group soon resumed the show with its take on Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’” and Roy Orbison’s “Pretty Woman.”

And despite the change in weather, the crowd was soon enough singing along to the band’s songs once again with some audience members even heading into the rain to dance in front of the gazebo.

Before long, the clouds began to part, and the rain subsided as the Road Runners finished their Angola performance with Elvis’ “Hound Dog” and a timely pre-Independence Day take on “God Bless America.”

During the performance, concert attendees could support the Park and Gazebo Committee by purchasing refreshments or raffle tickets with which the recipients are entered for a drawing to win cash prizes and New Era baseball caps.

Additionally, those at the concert also had the chance to purchase a separate set of raffle tickets for a chance to win a homemade quilt that will be auctioned off at the very last entry in this year’s concert series on August 27.

The proceeds for this drawing will go to the Friends of the Village Inc. organization.

This year’s 32nd Summer Lawn Chair Concert Series, presented by the Angola Park and Gazebo Committee, Evans Recreation and the Village of Angola, will take place every Wednesday during the summer at the William G. Houston Gazebo in Centennial Park with the New Angola Theater as a back-up rain location.

The shows will end with a finale performance by German folk band, the Frankfurters.

Next week’s concert, scheduled to take place on July 9, will feature the Pyramid Dance Band, billed as a traditional big band-style act.

The following week will showcase a performance by the Buffalo-Niagara Concert Band on July 16.
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