Traveling Road Show returns to Scottdale Gazebo Concert Series
The Traveling Road Show has been a staple at the Scottdale Gazebo Concert Series for a number of years.
This year is no different as the quartet is scheduled to play at the gazebo from 7-9 p.m. Sunday.
“We've been all around, everywhere,” said Terry Hall, bass player and lead singer. “We've played in several places.”
Hall is joined in the band by Scott Leichliter, a musician with a myriad of talents who plays the banjo, guitar, mandolin and fiddle and even does a little singing of his own. Hall said the pair has played together for about eight years. Leichliter's son Matthew (who is just 15 years old) plays rhythm guitar and Jeff Sands rounds out the band.
Hall, who resides in Dawson, describes the band as one that plays mainly country and bluegrass, a tradition carried on for many years by Eugene D. “Jake” Zelmore. In fact, the group became known as “Jake Zelmore and the Traveling Road Show.” Zelmore had been with the band for more than 50 years, before he died in 2009 at the age of 72.
“The Traveling Road Show is an existing show that has been going on forever,” Hall said. “We were asked by (Zelmore) to keep the Traveling Road Show going and that's what we're doing.”
Those still involved have “kept it going” for sure. The Scottdale Gazebo Concert Series has been a regular stop for the Traveling Road Show for years.
Hall admits it's a place the band loves to play.
“It's a beautiful place to play,” he said. “It's absolutely pristine. The people in charge, especially (borough administrative assistant) Amy Washington are absolutely super to work with.”
Then again, Hall said there's a particularly fun aspect to such a setting. A real relationship can be generated with the audience at an outdoor concert in a town such as Scottdale.
“It really gives a personal touch,” Hall said. “We end up knowing most of the people who come to our shows, We ask them what they like, what they've been doing, if they'd like to hear anything in particular. It's just a general rapport with the audience. It's really gives us a down-home feeling. They know us, we know them. It's a phenomenal feeling.”
Hall talked about a recent performance for the Traveling Road Show at Lions Square in Connellsville, which offered that kind of atmosphere, a chance to get to know the audience.
“We were able to tell them where we were going to be next,” Hall said.
The Traveling Road Show is the third band to perform in this year's concert series.
The remainder of the schedule is as follows:
July 28 — Sugar Mountain
Aug. 4 — Michael Christopher
Aug. 11 — Remnant
Aug., 18 — Scottdale Community Band at Loucks Park.
Each concert is scheduled from 7 p.m. until about 9 p.m.
Paul Paterra is a staff editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-887-6101.