By BOBBIE GREEN
An outdoor concert series at the Mesquite Public Library began on Sunday afternoon October 3.
The Mesquite Café Blues Band, of Sun City, kicked off the new series. The trio consisted of Wayne Andreola on harmonica, Linda Villanueva on vocals and Paul Villanueva on guitar and vocals. The band brought pure blues entertainment to an admiring crowd gathered in the plaza north of the library.
The concert attracted around sixty spectators. The applause was loud and some even got up to dance to the music. Every time the band members said “last song,” someone in the audience asked for “two more” and they agreed.
This concert series is the brainstorming of Deborah Stephenson and Norm Utley, both members of the Rotary Club of Mesquite. They wanted to organize a series of outdoor music events for the community to enjoy during the sunny months in Mesquite.
Deborah and Norm pitched the idea to Mesquite Librarian Judy Sargent and the Rotary Club for sponsorship. Thus were born the weekly musical Sundays at the library.
“This idea is designed to enhance the cultural experience in Virgin Valley,” Utley said.
Sargent said the concerts were a great experience on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. “Fill this place with musical talent and local art! Sargent said, “I just want to thank the Rotary clubs for launching this amazing event.”
Participant Dave Graham said: “It’s a wonderful thing! We enjoy the music, we will be back, it would be nice if there was a food truck here too.
Each Sunday a local group / group will be presented. The programs should last about an hour and a half.
Local service organizations were invited to sell drinks and light snacks at events as a fundraising opportunity. On Sunday, the Mesquite Showgirls were the first organization to provide drinks for the series.
A table was also provided for local artists to display their work during the performance.
“This is just our soft start,” Utley said. “And it was more than we expected. Support us, however, and we will get bigger and better. “
There will be a concert every Sunday at 3 p.m., until the second week of December, weather permitting. The only exceptions will be Sundays October 31 and November 28. No concert will be given on these Sundays.
The series will then stop until early spring and warmer weather.
On Sunday October 10, the series will present “The trio of three” from 3 pm.