The Past Masters will be playing a free concert during the Wicked Witch of the Wewst Car Show from 4:30 to 7:30 Saturday, Aug. 2, under the entertainment tent at the car show on Stadium Avenue east of the Activity Center. Past Masters recreates original hits from the 1960s and ’70s, including rock and roll, pop and easy listening. It willl take people back to cruising Main Street in that 1968 Mustang or that ’65 Impala. Don’t miss the car show and Past Masters during the 5-State Fair. Courtesy photo
By ELLY GRIMM
• Leader & Times
The Past Masters band will be retuning to Liberal for a third time with their performance at the Five State Fair.
The group is set to perform from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, in the entertainment tent during the Wicked Witch of the West Car Show. Jana Christian, secretary for the Five State Fair board, said it was the board’s past experiences with the band that asked them to come back.
“We had them last year, and the people who came out and watched them loved them,” Christian said. “Then when we went to the Colorado fairs and exhibitions, they were there, and we just loved them. They’re a great band, and who doesn't know the oldies?”
Besides last year’s performance, the Past Masters also opened for John Conlee when he performed at the grandstands on May 9. The group specializes in performing 1960s and 1970s pop dance music hits like “She’s A Lady” and “It’s Not Unusual.”
Christian emphasized this is a show for everyone of all ages to enjoy.
“These guys are family men and family-oriented people – they like everyone from little kids all the way to the elderly,” she said. “It’s a show that’s very entertaining and very high-enthusiasm.”
So high-enthusiasm, in fact, that Christian mentioned not only how lead vocalist Chad Johnson will go into crowds and encourage audience participation in singing and dancing, but audience members have also been known to jump onstage and join in a number.
The show is free to the public, which Christian said she hopes people will take advantage of and come see the group and take in all the unique custom cars and trucks, along with all the other entertainment going on at this year’s Five State Fair.
For those interested in other audiological feats going on at the fair, there will also be a Wicked Witch of the West stereo competition hosted by Tek/Style Audio and Security. Competitors will be competing to show off whose stereo can reach the highest decibel level. There are cash prizes for winners in the classes, which include 0-300 watt, 301-600 watt, 601-1000 watt and then 1000 watts and up.
“We’ve got something going on for everyone and we tried this year to get a lot of free entertainment for those who can’t afford tickets,” she said. “There’s something for everyone, including the kids. They’ll love it.”