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Smithville Music Fest shines light on local talent

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Phil Hurley puts on an emotive performance with his talented bandmates. Photo by Quinn DonoghueBand member of Chubby Knuckle Choir laying down a groovy bass-line on the main stage. Photo by Quinn DonoghueRian Castillo entertaining the crowd at Fat Cat Lounge & Cafe with his exceptional singing, dancing and guitar playing.  Photo by Quinn DonoghueA few of the festival organizers, Jeannie Ralph (left) and Tootsie Warnke (right), enjoying the music and other festive downtown activities.  Photo by Quinn DonoghueRising star Winter Dawn exhibits her powerful vocal chops at Honey’s Pizza. Photo by Quinn Donoghue

​The first ever Smithville Music Festival took place last Saturday with performances scattered throughout the downtown area.​Notable artists included Larryland Blues Band, Chubby Knuckle Choir, Winter Dawn and Rian Castillo. The main stage was placed in a blocked off section on Main Street. Other contributing venues were Fat Cat Lounge & Cafe, Honey’s Pizza and Huebel’s Bier Garden. ​The festival organizers, Victoria Allen, Jeannie Ralph, Tootsie Warnke and Larry Wilson, hope to make strides each year so the festival steadily grows. They wanted this year’s event to be relatively small-scale, though, to avoid the possibility of feeling overmatched as first time organizers. ​“We did ...

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