By SHANNON WATKINS
This year’s Claytor Lake Festival, set for Saturday, June 8 at Claytor Lake State Park, will feature a variety of live music for the crowds.
Magic Moments Band plays oldies, beach music, and modern music, including songs like “Stand by Me,” “Under the Boardwalk,” “Mustang Sally,” “Crazy,” “My Girl” and “Magic Moments.” They will play from 11 a.m. until 11:45 a.m.
The Wohlfahrt Haus Players will give a short performance of songs from “Showboat,” a Tony award wining musical, from 12 p.m. until 12:30 p.m. The full musical will be performed at the Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theatre in Wytheville from May 2 to June 30.
The UpTown Trio is made of members of now defunct Encore Party Band and features lead singer Gary Bannister, singer and guitarist Bev Williamson and keyboards, singing and sequencing by Merle Ayers; they are influenced by jazz, R&B and gospel. They will perform from 12:45 p.m. until 3:45 p.m.
The Part Time Party Time Band has played in the Southeast since 1980 without the aid of computers or electronic sequencing. The band’s experience includes appearances with The Four Tops, The Tams, Delbert McClinton, and The Beach Boys, and will perform from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m.
The Southern Nights Band was established in 1995. The band is based out of Southwest Virginia but travels to North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. Southern Nights plays everything from Merle Haggard to Molly Hatchet as well as original songs. The band consists of Cecil Mullins on the drums, Mark Allen on bass and vocals, Taylor McCoy on lead guitar and vocals and Dave Plummer on the piano and vocals. They will play from 8 p.m. until the fireworks after dark, which will mark the end of the festival.