‘Bluegrass powerhouse’ Detour coming to Lakeview’s Music in the Park series

Bluegrass recording artists Detour will perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Lakeside Park in Lakeview. The performance is part of the Music in the Park concert series. — Courtesy photo

LAKEVIEW — With a population of just more than 1,000 souls, it might come as a surprise to some that the village of Lakeview can manage to host some of the summer’s most impressive outdoor concert performances, but it does.

Over the years, Lakeview’s Music in the Park concert series has featured some truly big names — within their genres — from the worlds of bluegrass, blues, swing and other musical styles. Wednesday’s performance by bluegrass recording artists Detour is no exception.

According to Lou Lincoln, who together with business partner David McIntire handle the booking and organizational chores for the concert series, landing Detour for the show is something they’ve hoped to do for some time.

“We always knew they were great, but when Detour’s song, ‘Quarterline Road’ hit the top of the bluegrass charts last year it gave them nationwide recognition,” Lincoln said. “They truly are one of the finest bluegrass bands around.”

Detour has been described as a “bluegrass powerhouse.” The band’s original tunes feature close-knit, intricate harmonies and a musicality rarely seen within the genre.

All six members of the band hail from Michigan and their most recent CD, “A Better Place,” was in mid-June hovering around the top of BluegrassToday.com’s weekly airplay chart.  The album itself recently cracked the top 50 of Roots Music Report’s national folk/bluegrass charts.

The band’s lead singer, Missy Armstrong, comes from the village of Sand Lake, so performing in Lakeview will be something of a homecoming for her.

“She will steal your heart,” Lincoln said.  “Detour is a crowd favorite with a big following.   A real coup for the Lakeview Music In The Park concert series. You do not have to be a fan of the bluegrass genre to enjoy this band. But after seeing them perform, you may well become one. These guys have mastered their instruments.”

The performance begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Lakeside Park, or at the United Church of Christ Fellowship Hall one block north of the park in case of rain. Admission to all the concerts in the series is free.

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