Full slate of free entertainment to be featured at Roanoke Fall Festival

The J Taylors, the husband and wife team of Jonathon and Janelle Taylor, are scheduled to perform at the Roanoke Fall Festival on Sept. 7.
The J Taylors, the husband and wife team of Jonathon and Janelle Taylor, are scheduled to perform at the Roanoke Fall Festival on Sept. 7. Photo provided.

A full slate of entertainment - all free - will be featured on stage at the 60th Roanoke Fall Festival.

The festival takes place Sept. 5 through Sept. 7 at the Roanoke Park, with stage entertainment featured on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 6 and 7.

Scott Greeson and the Trouble With Monday band start off with a two-hour country show on Sept. 6 starting at 9 p.m.

Greeson performs around the midwest with Trouble with Monday, made up of Kevin Ludwig, lead guitar; Mark Molter, sax; Greg Brassie, bass; Lee Anna Atwell, keyboard and vocals; Brad Harner, percussion; and Vickie Maris Greeson, accordion and vocals.

The band has performed on the VIP stage at Klipsch Music Center in Noblesville, at the Indiana Statehouse and various fairs and festivals around the midwest. It also plays larger venues throughout the nation's heartland, frequently performing prior to some of the world's most well-known musical artists.

Major Lift, a barbershop quartet, will perform on Sept. 7 from noon to 1 p.m. The group won second place in the Cardinal District Quartet Competition with its four-part a cappella music.

All four members of Major Lift sing with the Summit City Chorus, in Fort Wayne. Brad Pape also sings with the award-winning Kentucky Vocal Union in Elizabethtown, KY. John Armacost credits the Chain-O-Lakes Chorus in Columbia City with developing his foundation in barbershop harmony. Rounding out the group are Robert Bucher and Kurt Ives.

The Silly Safari animal show at 5 p.m. on Sept. 7 is designed to appeal to the younger crowd. Parade-watchers will get an advance look at one of the performers in the Fall Festival parade at 3 p.m. that day.

On stage, the Silly Safari crew will introduce a variety of animals, including four alligators named Dooney Burke, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Versace.

The J Taylors will bring a country music variety show from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sept. 7.

The Fort Wayne-based duo is made up of husband and wife Jonathon and Janelle Taylor, both Huntington University graduates who have performed in numerous venues throughout Huntington County.

The J Taylors started performing together in 2009 and specialize in rock and country favorites from the 1950s to today. Their performance at the Roanoke Fall Festival will focus on duets and upbeat tributes to American country legends.

Urban Legend will close the stage on Sept. 7 with a show from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Vocalists Lisa McDavid and Roanoke's own Lisa Loza front the group, which also includes guitarist Matt Schory; Mike Rogers, on piano and organ; and Tony Zuber, keyboards and other instruments, who also lend their voices to the performance. Rounding out the group are drummer Mike DuPuis and bassist Mark Gevaart.

Urban Legend, which has been working in Fort Wayne for more than six years, plays classic rock and soul from the 1960s through today.

For more information about the Roanoke Fall Festival, visit www.discov erroanoke.org.