Good things going on tonight, Saturday on downtown square

Freddie Steady 5 opens two nights of free music this evening at 8 p.m.

By TERRY MATHEWS, News-Telegram Arts Editor

June 27, 2008 - Sulphur Springs' annual Independence Day celebration on the downtown square starts early this year, with a rock 'n' roll show tonight and the traditional sympony concert and fireworks exhibition Saturday

Tonight, The Freddie Steady 5 will appear in concert on the courthouse square beginning at 8 p.m. The show is being co-sponsored by the city of Sulphur Springs, Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce and the Sulphur Springs Downtown Business Alliance.

Freddie's sound is a distinctly 60s groove, laced with just a touch of Texas country, triggering memories of British invasion bands like The Beatles, Dave Clark Five and Gerry and the Pacemakers. Along with their unique 1960s sound, the band includes a go-go dancer named Dangerous Dana.

On Saturday evening, the Northeast Texas Symphony Orchestra will present its annual patriotic concert, with offerings from such musical greats as Richard Rogers and Louis 'Satchmo' Armstrong.

The orchestra has also planned to perform Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture," minus the cannon fire.

The show begins at 7:45 p.m., preceded by introductions and the traditional march of veterans of the armed services to the dquare, and will end with an always impressive fireworks display. The evening's events are made possible through the continued financial support of Alliance Bank, Sulphur Springs Vision Center and DeHaven Eye Clinic. The local businesses have sponsored the concert and fireworks every year since its inception.

Admission to both events is free. Bring your family, friends and out-of-town visitors, and don't forget to tote lawn chairs so you can enjoy the show in comfort..

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