BY SOUTHGREY.CA STAFF –
Grey Highlands Councillor and Master of Ceremonies Terry Mokriy welcomed visitors to the 15th annual Mountaintop Jamboree Friday evening as several bands took to the stage and entertained the crowd that filled the main tent on a farm near Markdale.
Hosted by the Markdale Rotary Club, the Jamboree featured over a dozen local musicians playing everything from country and blues to rock and pop over the course of the weekend. The event began as a fundraiser for the new Markdale hospital, raising $300,000 for the cause. Once that goal was met, money raised was diverted to fund national and international humanitarian projects.
The Elastik Band played a mix of oldies, country, rock and blues to kick off Friday evening.
Audiences were further treated to the old country sounds of Owen Sound/Hepworth natives the Midnight Wranglers while the Midnight Blue Band provided infectious dance tunes to cap off Friday evening.
Saturday saw a steady stream of acts take the stage including Blue Water Country, The Touch of Gray, Easy Street and The Rising Sons featuring well-known local resident and man-in-black Dave Kell. The Silver River Band featuring recent Bruce/Grey Music Hall of Fame inductee Ken Fromager shared the stage with Mountaintop alumni Hope and Rod Snow as well as newcomer Amanda Dorey.
The big tent on the edge of the Mountaintop pond provided a perfect setting for warm summer concerts.
To shake things up a little, Bogner born-and-raised Angola Murdoch gave a Cirque du Soleil inspired acrobatic high wire performance for those in attendance. Photo: Angola Murdoch.
Markdale Rotary Club members Jack Coleman and Lloyd Wieringa with president Doug Dickie take a break from barbecuing.
Sunday performances began with a Gospel and Country Open Mic followed by a message from Rotary President Doug Dickie and a musical wrap-up by the Next Door Neighbours. With that, another successful Rotary Club event was in the books.
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