July 9, 2009

Old Lake Bash Making Comeback in 2009

Once one of the most popular summer outings in Memphis, the Old Lake Bash will be returning in 2009 and organizers are hoping to make the new, bigger and better bash an annual event.

Promoters Jason Bradley and Evan Gosney met with the Memphis City Council on July 1st to discuss what is being billed as the biggest one-day party in northeast Missouri.

The Old Lake Bash 2009 has been scheduled for Saturday, August 1st at the old Memphis City Lake located just west of town near the fairgrounds.

Unlike years past, the new bash will feature a music stage. No fewer than four bands will perform at the bash including local acts Cohesion and The Bruce Poe Band. Other acts will include Silver Bullet, a Bob Seger tribute band that has been labeled the best in the business by Rolling Stone Magazine. Guns N Roses fans will also be treated to Paradise City, the #1 tribute band to the rock group, one that has played in 36 states and three foreign countries.

The event will feature a free hog roast and volleyball nets will be set up during the afternoon. Gates will open at 1:00 p.m. with the first band taking the stage at 6:00 p.m.

Advance tickets for the event will be $10, with admission at the gate the day of the Bash set at $15.

We are trying to push the advance ticket sales so that we can get a handle on the number of people planning to attend, Bradley told the council.

The organizers informed the council that the admission costs will help pay the band costs. Beer sales during the concerts will also help offset those costs. All proceeds from the Bash will be deposited in an Old Lake Bash Fund for use in returning the festivities annually.

We have been met with tons of excitement from both old and young people, said Bradley. People have made plans to come back to Memphis, because now they have a reason too.

The old lake will not be closed to the public during the event, but anyone wishing to participate in the festivities will have to purchase a ticket at the east entranceway to the park. Photo IDs will be checked at this time and all entrants will receive a color-coded armband to demonstrate if they are 21-years of age or older.

The organizers will have an event security staff but the city also indicated the police department likely would maintain some type of presence similar to what the sheriffs department does at the fairgrounds.

The council members stressed the importance of maintaining the park and preventing damage to the facilities as well as the grounds themselves. Bradley noted that alternate plans are in place for parking if there is a threat of wet weather. He also noted that additional portable restrooms are reserved in case of a larger crowd. The promoters are still looking for a local group interested in cleaning up the grounds following the event as a fundraiser for their club or organization.

With the races being gone and the Fair not being what it once was, the people of Memphis and northeast Missouri need some quality entertainment, Bradley said. We hope to give a light spike to the local economy. Also, we hope people who have avoided coming back to town, will now do so.



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