Monday, July 28 | Submitted by City of Springfield | Downtown Central
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 23, 2014
Birthplace of Route 66 Festival to feature live concert simulcast at Park Central Square 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 9
The Birthplace of Route 66 Concert, featuring the Ozark Mountain Daredevils at the Gillioz Theater Aug. 9, has sold out. In partnership with the band, the City of Springfield will present a live simulcast of the concert at Park Central Square. Video of the concert in the square will be projected on the City’s 16 x 30-foot screen. There is no charge for the event and festival-goers are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs.
We really wanted to take the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival to a whole new level, said Cora Scott, City of Springfield Director of Public Information Civic Engagement. We first approached Vance Hall at the Gillioz and Dwight Glenn Productions to encourage them to bring in high-quality entertainment for an evening concert. When they were able to book our first choice the Daredevils we pitched the idea of the outdoor concert broadcast in the event of a sellout to the band. They loved it.
The concert will also feature regional acts such as Powder Mill and Cindy Woolf and Mark Bilyeu. It starts at 7 p.m.
“Its fair to say that Route 66 played a key role in Springfields access to popular music, says band member John Dillon. Because of our location on The Mother Road our area of the country was able to tap in to the amazing talent of so many great performers from so many different genres. Our band was influenced by the spirit of Route 66, the artists who traveled through Springfield, and the music they shared. Its an honor to be a part of this festival.”
Scott said the City is hoping to create a unique and exciting series of events during the festival that are attractive to people of all ages. Various groups havepartnered to make the festival possible, including Best Western Route 66 Rail Haven, West Central Neighborhood Association and Urban Districts Alliance. We continue to add supporters and sponsors, Scott said.
Some proceeds of various activities will benefit the City of SpringfieldsBirthplace of Route 66 Roadside Park Fund.
A complete line up of Festival Events:
Friday, August 8:
4:30ish – Classic car “cruise” in forms at St. Louis Street and Glenstone Avenue at Best Western Route 66 Rail Haven and travels to the site of the
future Birthplace of Route 66 Roadside Park on College.
7 p.m. Birthplace of Route 66 Roadside Park Ribbon cutting and party includes the dedication of a replica Red’s Giant Hamburg sign within the park. (We expect about 200-plus people at this, including dozens of classic cars.)
9 p.m. – “Back to the Future” drive-in movie on the side of the Springfield Expo Center, presented by Springfield-Greene County Park Board.
Saturday, August 9:
7:30 p.m. – Route 66 5K Run starts at Hollywood Theaters
10 a.m. – 5 p.m Classic Car Show on the Square and surrounding streets
10 a.m. – Musical Performance: Blue Plate Special & Rockabilly Cats
Noon – Big Iron Band
2 p.m. – The Detectives
4 p.m. – Classic Car Show awards
5 p.m. – Mark Bilyeu & Cindy Woolf
7 p.m. – First-Ever Birthplace of Route 66 Concert featuring the Ozark Mountain Daredevils (live at the Gillioz and via simulcast on a 16 X 30 screen at the Square).
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For more information, contact Cora Scott, Director of Public Information & Civic Engagement, at 417-864-1009 or 417-380-3352 or
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