By Carl Keith Greene / Staff Writer
A summer of entertainment is scheduled for London beginning Thursday.
Thursday Night Live begins at 7 p.m. in the middle of Main Street.
This year the opening entertainment is to be from the Cornbread Mafia, based in London.
The Mafia plays a variety of music, anything from bluegrass to hard rock.
It’s a fun band dedicated to music.
The musicians are Mike Obst, lead vocals and guitar, Eric Beckner on the B3 Hammond organ, Jerry Burkhart on bass guitar and sings harmony and Roger Miller on drums and sings, all of London.
• The next week, on Flag Day, June 14, at 7 p.m. Level Ground, a London Christian religion rock band began in the Celebrate Recovery program at Hawk Creek Baptist Church in 2008.
It has become much more.
Level Ground is a ministry, more than just a band to its members.
The band is made up of members from different churches, denominations, hurts, habits and hang-ups.
It is four people living four different lives with a savior, a goal, and a mission.
• June 21, will host Shane Wooten Band and Angie Patton at 7 p.m.
Shane loves freedom.
He loves to live the simple country life, enjoy a good time and good music with friends.
That’s in his music and the stories he tells on stage.
Shane has been touring nationwide playing his brand of country music and producing reality show style videos of his adventures.
Angie Patton, a native of London calls herself “a country girl to the core and proud of my Kentucky roots.”
Her stories include personal experiences and lessons from her life and those near her.
She’s written more than 44 songs from traditional country, a bluegrass twist, to folk and even some with a gospel touch.
• Set for June 28 is Pre-Fab Rehab kicks off at 7 p.m.
Pre-Fab Rehab is one of Kentucky’s exciting live bands.
The musical journey goes from Bourbon Street to Motown and beyond with a variety of Jazz, R&B, Pop and Hip Hop.
On your way to the show bring your dancin’ shoes!
• Mitch Barrett & Owen Reynolds show up on July 5 at 7 p.m.
Their music is called Appalachian, Funky, Folksy, Rasta and Bluesman from Barrett, one of Kentucky’s most sought-after and talented singer, songwriter and story tellers.
Barrett goes through thought provoking subject matter with a satirist’s sense of wit and irony.
He’s performed all over the country with such notables as Arlo Guthrie, Les Taylor, Tom Paxton, Sam Bush and Dave Mallett.
• July 19 at 7 p.m. C2 will perform.
It’s a rock and roll band with a southern punk attitude.
It’s armed with driven beats and stadium-ready rock anthems. C2’s live show captures audiences of all genres and styles.
For more information go to: officialc2music.com
• Tidalwave and Laurel River Line will be on the state at July 26.
Both four-piece bands are from the area.
Based in Williamsburg, Tidal Wave Road is made up of Ben Parker, Carlie Parker, Daniel Parker and Mark Wilburn.
They won second place in the 2011 Clear Channel Battle of the bands.
At 8:30 Laurel River Line is a gospel-bluegrass band from London, Matt Scarbrough on mandolin, Matt Kirby on guitar, Malachi Smith on banjo and Brian Davidson on bass.
• Generation Gap will be on stage at 7 p.m. on August 2.
The group plays mostly 1960 and early 1970 top forty stuff and rock and roll.
The band plays from Eric Clapton, Linda Ronstadt, Creedence Clear Water, Eagles, Temptations, Kingsmen, Wilson Pickett and the Rolling Stones.
• The Greatest of These, a four-piece band, will open at 7 p.m. on August 9.
The group has been active in central Kentucky. Each of the band’s members came from eastern Kentucky.
The group was influenced by The Doors and Pearl Jam.
Each member brings a unique musical perspective having been influenced by different avenues of rock and roll.
For more information about Greatest of These go to: tgotband.com
• And August 23 at 7 p.m. The Hillbilly Casino will furnish top notch players and top notch music.
Hillbilly Casino was the brain child of Nic Roulette, a former singer for an Indiana rockabilly powerhouse.
In 2004 Roulette moved to Nashville where he revved rockabilly band playing at Layla’s Bluegrass Inn on Nashville’s famed Lower Broadway.
For more information about the Hillbilly go to: www.thehillbillycasino.com.
IF YOU GO
WHAT: Thursday Night Live
WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursdays
WHERE: Downtown London