This year’s Music in the Park free concert series in Parsons will culminate with a “very unique show” on Thursday with “88 Keys: A Tribute to the Pianomen of Rock.”
Dennis Laffoon of national recording artists Shooting Star along with friends including Freda Mercury will bring a tribute to the all-star keyboardists of rock ’n’ roll including Elton John, Billy Joel, Jerry Lee Lewis, Queen, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Hornsby and even Liberace. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Seaton Family Pavilion in Forest Park.
“88 Keys: A Tribute to the Pianomen of Rock” is a production of Saucy Productions out of Kansas City, Missouri. Saucy Productions has produced a variety of professional and entertaining shows over the years including Landslide, a tribute to Fleetwood Mac; Killer Queen, a tribute to Queen; and Synchronicity, a tribute to The Police.
Matt Hoisington, city of Parsons media and events director, said in May that 88 Keys is a “very unique show.” He said Laffoon and other musicians from the Kansas City area perform with a sense of humor and act out multiple personalities.
Hoisington said someone portraying Elton John and Liberace would be expected to dress the parts, and Laffoon delivers.
“Oh, yeah. Yeah. It’s the full-blown show,” he said.
In fact, Hoisington said, for the Jerry Lee Lewis part of the show, he needed approval from the fire chief for Laffoon to light a fire on his piano.
Prior to the concert, Genelle’s Kettle Korn will set up in the park by 6:30 p.m. The Parsons Soroptimists also will sell concessions as a fundraiser.
Bench and picnic table seating are available at the pavilion, but concert attendees also can bring blankets or chairs.
If there is unfavorable weather, the concert will be relocated to the Parsons Municipal Auditorium. According to the National Weather Service, Thursday will be sunny with a high near 90 and mostly clear at night with a low around 70.