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The Music Never Dies
Article and Photos by Kathleen Walls


Changes in Latitude onstage
There are some places where the music never dies. I discovered one in Alton, Illinois. you may think of Alton as part of Abraham Lincoln's heritage. or the home of the world's tallest man. Maybe it brings to mind the image of the Picta Bird.

Well, it is memorable for another reason, Friday night music at the amphitheater on the Mighty Mississippi. Most of the great Street Parties  on American Roads occur once a year but Alton keeps the music going from spring through fall with four Five Dollar Friday Concerts in summer and other events including some big name musicians from spring through fall. The amphitheater offers seating for 3000 to 4000 people and has a beautiful view fronting the Mississippi River.

The lighting was fantastic for this show
Alton keeps the music going in more ways than one. the night I attended, Changes in Latitude , a Jimmy Buffet tribute band, did a fantastic version of Hank Williams' "Hey, Good Looking" written and recorded by Hank and his Drifting Cowboys in 1951. It was inducted into the Granny Hall of Fame in 2001.  But It goes even farther back. Hank wrote his version based on an even older song of the same name but somewhat different lyrics written by Cole Porter in 1942, probably before any of Changes in Latitude band members were even born.

Other tribute bands that graced the huge amphitheater stage brought to life the music made famous by music greats of different venues.  Think Floyd USA played the second concert of the season. It's not hard to guess who they pay tribute to; Pink Floyd .

The season's  third concert of the season will reminisce about the Rolling Stones when Street Fighter takes the stage. The year's final Five Dollar Concert features Houses of the Holy who recreate the musical heritage of Led Zeppelin .

If this musical menagerie isn't enough, big name performers like Little Texas and Sawyer Brown have appeared there.

In addition to the music festivals, fireworks and lots of fun events are held here also.

Guests may bring lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy some great music. You can purchase everything from beer, soft drinks, assorted food and items as varied as sundresses or those little light sticks.

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