Final Fourth Friday Concert of 2015 rocks downtown Cedartown
Kamikaze Dali's Kevin Weaver added some picking to the band's Americana/Folk set Friday.
The last Fourth Friday offered all the elements, and then some, that have made the event so enjoyable over the last three months -- good food, good music, and, of course, fancy cars and the fanciful characters who own them.
The “then some” is that it was much cooler weather for the last Friday in August than it was the last Friday in July, as a cool breeze blowing across Main Street made smiles just a little bit wider.
The music was supplied by
two exceptional acts: First, singer/songwriter Gideon Routh, who did a set of original songs, and then Kamikaze Dali, whose Americana sound showcased musicians who know their way around a banjo and mandolin.
Gideon Routh and his wife Kathleen sat in the shade watching Kamikaze Dali set up before Gideon began his set at 7 p.m. Gideon was looking very cosmopolitan with a hunter-green fedora sitting at just the right angle on his dark hair; his wife Kathleen sat beside him, looking every inch the dancer that she is.
Kathleen is from Rome. Gideon, who started writing songs and playing guitar when he was 13, is originally from Namibia.
Gideon and Kathleen met when both were working with a performing arts troupe in South Africa. They fell in love, got married, and came back to Rome in 2008. Gideon has continued his music career, and Kathleen is still dancing, as well as teaching ballet.
Kamikaze Dali is a group of five very different looking band members. Kara Murphy, the singer, is a pretty, cheerful young woman who makes tattoos look cute. She explained that the name of the band came from a dream that band member Jeremy Wells had. “He dreamed that these kamikaze plans were diving from above him,” but they weren’t dropping bombs on him, “they were dropping an array of art works,” Murphy said.
Wells is a fan of the art of Spanish surrealist Salvatore Dali, and the combination of Dali and kamikaze had a nice rhythm to it, Murphy said, so the band adopted the name. They will be play-ing again in the “walk a mile in her shoes” benefit in October in Rome.
Top: Elmer Sawyer filled the ‘character’ bill for the evening. Elmer, better known as Buzz, is from Buncombe, Georgia. He said his old truck always attracts a lot of attention and has been photographed for magazines and TV shows. The truck doesn’t have...