The Coshocton County Beacon April 17, 2019 - Page 14

Casee Allen bringing music festival back to Main Street By Josie Sellers josie@coshoctoncountybeacon.com COSHOCTON – Casee Allen is bringing his No Name Town Music Fest back to Coshocton. Th e Coshocton native and Nashville recording artist will host his festival on Saturday, June 29 on Main Street in front of the court house. Music will start at 4 p.m. with a variety of artists taking the stage including Allen himself. “So far, I think we are going to end up with a total of seven or maybe eight performers,” Allen said. “Th ere will be a main stage and side stage with acoustic acts performing in between sets on the main stage.” Tickets can be purchased online at eventbrite.com. General admission tickets are $10 online or $11 at Shelby Th eaters. Children 12 and under are free. A limited number of $30 VIP tickets also are available. Th ey include extras such as a meet and greet starting at 5 p.m. at Coshocton Village Inn & Suites with food and beverage, roped off seating in front of the stage, and discounted festival merchandise. “I think the VIP tickets are already half sold out,” Allen said. Last year’s concert was planned in just File | Photo Casee Allen, center is pictured, hanging out with fans prior to performing at last year’s No Name Town Music Fest. He is bringing the festival back to Coshocton and this year it will be held on Saturday, June 29 on Main Street. For ticket information, visit eventbrite.com. three weeks and nearly 600 tickets were sold. “It was remarkable and defi nitely something we want to continue to do,” Allen said. “I have to thank Coshocton for allowing us to shut down Main Street and Our Town Coshocton for helping us get the beer permit in such a short time. To see Coshocton come together with such a short notice and support this was incredible.” Returning from last year’s concert will be Nick Walker and new to the lineup are Jutt Huff man and Brian Milson. Other acts and special guests will be announced in the near future. “I’m putting together a list of acts that I’ve helped and worked with and for the most part are from Ohio,” Allen said. In addition to working on his festival, Allen also is starting a scholarship to award to a graduating Coshocton County high school senior. “I’ve always wanted to do this,” Allen said. “Th is is something I hold close to my heart. I want it to really make an impact.” Th e details of the scholarship haven’t been fi nalized, but he knows grade point average and character will be key factors in determining recipients. Allen also has been busy touring and working in his studio on a project that will come out this summer. “A lot of supper exciting stuff is going on this year including being at the Ohio State Fair on Aug. 1,” he said. “On top of all that, I’ve also been my son’s t-ball coach. I’ve really devoted a lot of time to that and don’t have as many shows in April.” To stay up to date on Allen’s career and details on the music festival, visit his Facebook page www.facebook.com/ca- seeallenmusic. Lawrence signs lett er of intent with West Liberty University By Jen Jones Jen Jones | Beacon Logan Lawrence, River View High School Senior, signed his lett er of intent to study music at West Liberty University after his piano concert on Friday, April 12. With Law- rence are Mrs. Hemming, Mr. Turnbull, parents - Joe and Angie Lawrence, Dr. Gerald Lee, Lawrence, Mr. Snyder, Mr. Wagner, Mrs. Anglin, Mr. Watson and Mrs. Davis. 14 THE BEACON WARSAW - For his senior project, River View student Logan Lawrence performed a piano concert on Friday, April 12. While the concert was free, Lawrence did say that all donations would be given to the Coshocton County Animal Shelter. To make the evening more special, Law- rence signed his letter of intent to study at West Liberty University. Lawrence only began playing the piano three years ago. “I was part of the Cardi- nal Chorale with Mr. (Chuck) Synder and decided I wanted to play an instrument. I felt like I needed to play the piano.” He also said that playing helps him to relieve stress and “It allows me to speak without speaking.” He chose West Liberty University because he felt at home as soon as he stepped onto the campus. “Th e envi- ronment felt so good.” He is also excited to study piano performance and music education with Dr. Gerald Lee. “I’d love to do what Dr. Lee does – unless I hit it big playing,” Lawrence said, laughing. “I want to teach college level so I need my doctorate for that.” He is also considering being a band di- rector because he loves dealing with the www.coshoctonbeacontoday.com instruments. Lawrence said he practices about 10 hours a week, but that varies depending on what else is going on that week. Dr. Gerald Lee spoke after the concert and congratulated Lawrence on his concert. “Many of you have no idea that he had to memorize thousands of notes for the performance you just heard. He plays as if he has been practicing for 15 years, not just three. I am thrilled he will be coming to West Liberty.” His parents are Joe and Angie Law- rence. After the concert, Angie said she was just overwhelmed. “Every mom thinks their child is great at something – talented. Until Logan won the Montgom- ery Competition, I really had no idea just how talented he was – what his teachers had been telling us. I’m just so proud!” Before Logan signed his letter, he presented the Coshocton County Animal Shelter with $855.75. Christ Sturtz said the shelter is so excited and grateful that Lawrence used his concert to help them. “We’ll be using it for spaying and neuter- ing, vet bills, and food. I just can’t believe how much he raised!” APRIL 17, 2019