This week's Art Talk Monday is written by John Emory, Jr., Board President of the Dixie Center for the Arts. The Harmon Drew Super Group performed last Saturday night. If you missed it, or if you're ready for some more dancing at the Dixie, Troupe Dixie is hosting the Live and Loud Music Spectacular on October 17. Call the Box Office for tickets or more details at (318)255-1450. We really want to roll out the red carpet for the Harmon Drew Super Group on Saturday night, September 21, at 7PM. A recent automobile accident has affected the lives of Judge Drew and his wife Jean. As Harmon puts it, “Jean and I are fortunate and blessed to still be here. The first responders were amazing. Jean was banged up worse than I was. We hope that she is back to 100% in a couple of months. She’s a trooper and will be OK. I am already at 96% which is as good as I’ve been in the last 20 years. At my age, 96% is the new 100%.”
There’s no doubt that the Super Group will be in great from as they play the Dixie stage for the first time. As the Judge and I started planning the event, we both agreed the time has come to rock the Dixie as the band from Minden, Louisiana has done in so many locations, for so many years.
The history of the Harmon Drew Super Group is rich and colorful. In 1972, a young lawyer weighing in at 150 pounds returned to practice law in his hometown of Minden. The weekends were so quiet that he put together a band playing sixties music similar to the groups that put him through LSU. Just over 40 years and a few pounds later, he’s still playing music, but now utilizing an 11-piece band with four turbo powered horns.
Refusing to age gracefully, Judge Harmon Drew and his Super Group play 50-60 gigs a year, and they are now finding new fans of all ages. With a song list of over 300 selections, they keep any crowd dancing. Some of the Judge’s musicians have been with him from the early 70’s. The band gathers people from all over Northwest and Central Louisiana. Each picker has a regular day gig, but they all look forward to the weekends with the Harmon Drew Super Group.
Just as the band members look forward to the weekend, we hope you do also. Join us at the Dixie Saturday night as we open another season filled with great music and some surprises along the way.
Dancing is certainly not required, but I’ll be surprised if we don’t find a lot of dancers out on the floor enjoying a very special evening, and making new friends. Let’s surround our guests from Minden, Sterlington, Monroe and other towns and cities with our warm Ruston hospitality.
You may continue to call for tickets or purchase tickets at the door on Saturday. Please leave your name and number at 255-1450 and we’ll contact you before show time.
In closing, may we continue to lift up the Drew family in our prayers, asking for healing and comfort in this difficult time.