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Concert opens Rockabilly Plaza

ERIC J. SHELTON | THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT — Darren McAllister, lead singer of the Lost Cause Band, performs during a free concert Saturday afternoon at the Rockabilly Plaza in downtown Ferriday.

FERRIDAY — The weather was just right in Ferriday Saturday afternoon when the town hosted a free concert for residents to enjoy.

Local group the Lost Cause Band played the concert and entertained the crowd with their easy listening and 60s and 70s rock music.

The concert was the first event at Rockabilly Plaza in 2011, and the family-friendly atmosphere had many people clamoring for more.

“I don’t know if there is going to be another free event like the one today, but I sure hope there is,” Ferriday resident Rita Roosevelt said.

With her two children, Timothy and Marsha, close by, Roosevelt said it was nice to have her town provide residents a free, safe activity on a Saturday afternoon.

“That’s just something you don’t see anymore,” she said. “I work all the time, and my money goes to paying the bills. Anytime I can take my kids out to have fun at a free event, I jump on it.”

Vidalia resident Arthur Baldwin said he was just glad to be able to come out and hear some good music.

“There’s nothing like hearing some good music on a spring day,” he said. “It has just been so beautiful out. I had to come out and enjoy.”

Baldwin also said it was nice to see a local band performing for area residents.

“They came out and gave up their afternoon to entertain us, and that is something we should all appreciate,” he said. “It’s not every day you see a group of people give up their time to make everyone else’s day better.”

Ferriday resident Lauren Robertson said while she had fun at the event, she was glad to take her kids to their first concert.

“They have always wanted to go to one, and they finally got too,” she said.

Robertson’s 5-year-old daughter Joanna said she loved dancing to the music playing over the speakers.

“I like music and I like dancing,” she said. “I hope we can do this again next week.”

Robertson said she wanted to thank the Town of Ferriday for providing the town with a fun experience for all.

“It says a lot about our leaders to come out and organize something like this for us,” she said. “Not every town does things like this for their citizens.”

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