I'm writing to invite everyone in Alpena to a free concert at the Band Shell today at 6 p.m. I have absolutely nothing to do with this band, except I became a fan while visiting in the summer of 2010. Fortunately, I was in town when Julianne and The Rogues first played Alpena.
Julianne Ankley and The Rogues are returning for the Summer Concert Series. When Julianne played Alpena in the summer of 2010, she was working away on completing her current CD - Vivid. Vivid has gone on to become the 2012 Detroit Music Award Winner for Outstanding Country Recording.
Growing up in Alpena, I remember listening to the Radio-thon headed up by Roy Beard many years ago to raise funds to build the Band Shell. The inspiration was to set up a place for the community to gather for entertainment and great music. We remember and thank Roy and everyone in Alpena who keeps the band shell going.
So grab your cooler, blanket and chairs and come down to the shores of Lake Huron for a fun night of great music.
Oak Ridge, Tenn.