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Free concert tonight with Ridin’ Shotgun

June 28, 2012

Ridin’ Shotgun is ready to party at the Old Home Week Carnival from 7 to 10 p.m. tonight. Members are (from left): Clint Reed, lead guitar; Ray “Poke” Long, guitar; John “Lumpy” Elkin, bass; and Billy “Pooh” Lantz (kneeling), drums. (Photo submitted)

PUNXSUTAWNEY — For the first time, the Punxsutawney Fire Department’s Old Home Week Committee will welcome a free concert by country-rock band Ridin’ Shotgun, which will perform at 7 p.m. tonight at the carnival grounds behind the west side of the Punxy Plaza.

The band has been together for five years and performed at various functions throughout the Punxsy area.

According to guitarist Ray “Poke” Long, last year, the group opened for The Clarks at the Dayton Fair, and has performed on the local club scene, at the Reynoldsville Street Fair and the Farmers’ Market in Punxsy.

Ridin’ Shotgun performs contemporary country, classic rock and a little bit of modern rock.

Bass player John “Lumpy” Elkin named the band, which also includes Clint Reed on lead guitar and Billy “Pooh” Lantz on drums.

This is the first time the fire department has had a band for Old Home Week, Long said, and the group is excited to breaking new ground for the annual celebration.

Later this summer, Ridin’ Shotgun will also perform during Music In the Park in Barclay Square.

Old Home Week Committee Chairperson Tami McFarland said the committee has been exploring alternatives to draw more people to the carnival, and a band should attract those who don’t care for rides.

Those who plan to see Ridin’ Shotgun tonight should also bring lawn chairs.

The nightly prize drawings will continue through Saturday, and the annual parade is scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday, with the lineup beginning at 1 p.m.

Anyone interested in entering a unit may call 938-5524, 952-2626 or e-mail McFarland at firemama2020@hotmail.com.

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