With blues music being wailed by Cee Cee James of St. Louis, Susan Schubert - aka “Schube”- at times was the only person dancing, unless you counted James, who was swaying as she sang.
“Music is my life,” said Schube, who was among a large crowd attending the weekly Music Under the Stars concert Thursday, Aug. 30, at the Mark Twain Boyhood Home mall in downtown Hannibal, Mo.
Schube does not believe in sitting down when music is heard. “I’m from Kansas City, and where I came from we danced,” she said between songs. “I grew up dancing in the kitchen.” Schube has delivered mail in Hannibal for 28 years, and described herself as a “female mailman extraordinaire, who is always singing and dancing.”
Paul Lewellen paused between selling drinks from his Main Street Wine Stoppe to say how lucky Hannibal was to have James, who was next heading for the east coast and Europe. “She is an international star and very well known.”
Lewellen also was excited because he believes that a “Blue Moon” is expected tonight, Aug. 31, on his birthday.
Jack Noonan of Ole Planters restaurant was dishing up large barbecue beef sandwiches for Katie Jackson and Brittany McNeal. McNeal said she had previously tried his barbecue and found it “smoked and tender.”
During intermission, five T-shirts with all the 2012 bands’ names were awarded in a drawing, along with a popcorn gift card from B&B Theatres. The popcorn winner was Stephanie Prenger.
Harla Friesz, who won a T-shirt, said this was the first concert she had attended this summer.
Betty Wells, another T-shirt winner, has attended every concert with her husband, Skip. “We just don’t miss,” Betty said. “It’s kinda like a date.”
Which band did she favor this summer? “I like country-western,” she replied, “But we like it all.”
Additional T-shirt winners were Harold Haycraft, Coley Haycraft and James Darling.
Others asked to select a favorite concert this summer chose the reggae music, including Carolyn Tatman and Ruth Hays.
Carol Glascock said her favorite was the local band, Steppenback.
Others had the same tastes in music, with Ernie Giroux naming the reggae and Paul Tomko, Steppenback.
The last concert in this summer series will be on Thursday, Sept. 6, when reggae music will be performed by King Omowale and the Majestic Lions, another St. Louis group.
The food, Italian beef sandwiches, chips and cookies, will be sold by the youth group from Clover Road Christian Church, according to Brenna McDermott, marketing manager of the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum, sponsor of the concert series.
Page 2 of 2 - Drinks will again be sold by the Main Street Wine Stoppe, and additional T-shirts and popcorn will be awarded, she said. The T-shirts also are available for sale.
The 2013 concert season will begin in June, McDermott said. She was pleased with the 2012 concerts and the crowds who attended despite the extreme heat on some evenings. “They always show up,” she said.
“I think this season of musicians has been fantastic,” McDermott said. “We have had fantastic support from the community and fantastic performances, and we are looking forward to doing it all again next year.”