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 Standard Journal - - FRONT PAGE - By TRICIA CAMBRON As­sis­tant Editor

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.

Tricia Cambron/SJ

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