‘Sweet’ music ‘picked’ for park

Music will fill the air in Old Orchard Park on Friday, June 14, as the Diboll Civic Club presents “Music in the Park.”  Three groups and a soloist will present a free performance, and everybody is invited.
“We’ve been tossing this idea around for a while now,” said Civic Club President Trey Wilkerson. “We finally decided to just jump in and try it and see how the community would respond.”
The plan is to present a variety of musical styles and performers in an outdoor setting utilizing the amphitheater at the city park.  Audience members are urged to bring lawn chairs, purchase a soft drink and some popcorn, and enjoy a couple of hours of music.
“The bands are looking forward to playing, and we’re excited to be presenting something we think folks in Diboll will like,” said Gary Martel, one of the members of the organizing committee.  “Of course, we hope it grows and develops into a big, regular event that attracts people from out of town too.”
Sarah Blount will start the evening at 6 p.m. by singing “The Star Spangled Banner.”  The club felt this would be appropriate because June 14 is Flag Day nationwide.
The first group to perform will be My Sweet Scarlett.  This trio from Lufkin is considered an alternative/grunge/indie rock band and has been developing since 2010.  They feature guitar, bass, and drums to back their vocals.  In addition to playing the Lufkin/Nacogdoches area, they have performed on several occasions in the Houston market.
The next band calls themselves The Burke Pickers.  All the members live in the Diboll and Burke vicinity, and they get together at someone’s home or sometimes at the old Burke school to play.
“We perform at special events or parties and occasionally at nursing homes,” said Charlie Mann, the main vocalist for the group.  “We’re not professional performers, but we enjoy playing and a lot of people seem to like our music.”
The Burke Pickers feature primarily guitars and bass with the vocals, and they usually do old country and gospel music.
Diboll native Chris Wells and his band will wrap up the evening.  Wells began performing country music while he was in college and eventually moved from College Station to Nashville to pursue his music career.  After a few years of writing and recording, he decided not to continue in the music business full time, choosing to go into law enforcement instead.
He now lives in Willis.  Recently, he has resumed performing and has done several shows including Banita Creek Hall in Nacogdoches.  In fact, he is scheduled to be there again the week after he is in Diboll.
“People can come to Music in the Park and hear a little bit of what they will get if they attend his show in Nacogdoches,” said Wilkerson.  “And it won’t cost anything here.”
Wells plans to bring a full band with guitars, bass, steel, and drums.
“I thought I might simply do an acoustic set,” he said, “but when I started talking to some of the musicians, they said they would just come with me and give it the full treatment.”
All of the groups are performing at no charge; therefore “tip jars” will be available so that attendees can contribute to help defray their expenses.  Also, some of the groups will have products available for purchase that night.
In case of inclement weather, organizers plan to move the event into the Diboll Civic Center.
For more information, call 936-366-7215 or 936-829-4817.