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Lighthouse Opry to feature music in barn

May 15, 2009

The Prairie Lightning Band, with special guest Ames native Neil Hewitt, will headline another Lighthouse Opry event this Saturday at 6 p.m.

"Bring a Lawn Chair and Enjoy the Music in the Barn," is what event organizers hope people will do. The barn is at 3690 B Ave., located two miles north and two miles east of Gilman.

"We are excited to have the Prairie Lightning Band and Neil Hewitt together," Mary Ann Ferguson of Gilman said.

Prairie Lightning Band is making their second appearance this season at the barn.

"Hewitt has released his second CD and will be joined by two other musicians," Ferguson said.

His second CD is titled "Roll the Dice." According to his Web-site, it is "the debut Nashville release from Hewitt. A little of the old, a little of the new and a whole lot of country."

Fact Box


WHAT: Musical performers Prairie Lightning Band and Neil Hewitt

WHEN: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday

WHERE: 3690 B Ave., two miles north and two miles east of Gilman

COST: Free will offering

Hewitt grew up in Nevada and graduated from Nevada High School. An exposure to guitar-playing church counselors impacted Hewitt and he soon was taking guitar lessons. Later, a successful performance at an eighth grade talent show led to paid appearances at local and area events. As a high school junior, Hewitt recorded his first CD at Song Bird Recording Studio in Trenton, Mo. He continued playing events and writing music.

While attending Iowa State University as a freshman, Hewitt was contacted by a Nashville talent scout. She put him in contact with a producer and musician, which eventually led to "Roll the Dice."

Ferguson, who is assisting promote the event, said the monthly concerts have been steadily growing in popularity.

They are held the third Saturday of the month, April through October,

"We started hosting these about five years ago," she said. "Sometimes we have had about 200 to 300 people attend," she said. According to Ferguson, a free will offering is being asked to help the organizers purchase a new sound board and to cover other event related expenses.

For more concert information, contact 641-498-7446.


Contact Mike Donahey at 641-753-6611 or mdonahey@



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