(La Porte, IN) - La Porte was loving the lake life Friday night with some live country music on the shores of Pine Lake. The free concert was sponsored by a variety of local businesses and organized by Bethany Lutheran Church.
Carey Garwood, of Bethany Church, said the concert was a recent development. "Literally this all came together September 1," she said. "We didn't have much time to plan and get the artists. We're really thankful that some of these guys came up to play; a lot of artists aren't touring."
One of the opening acts was up-and-coming singer Dillon Carmichael, who has really taken a liking to La Porte. He even postponed another gig so he could be in La Porte for this event, honoring 9/11 and first responders. "Live music is such a therapy for people, including myself," Carmichael said. "Still, after all this, we came back, and we're still the greatest country in the world. We're just going to sing some songs and have a good time, and remember the lives of those that were lost that day."
Live concerts were mostly scuttled this summer due to COVID-19. Carey Garwood said the lake setting was the only way to make this one happen. "The lake is perfect because you can still open it up to all the people on the lake, over onto the other side of the lake," she said. "It's a different kind of concert experience, but it's been great out here. I think people are having a good time."
The stage was set up on lakefront property owned by Greg Ake. A hundred boats or more, including some jet skis and kayaks, drifted along the shore. Matt Schutz of La Porte was one of the boaters enjoying the concert from the water. "It's really nice; it's a perfect night," he said. "You can hear [the performers] real well, crystal clear. It's really cool we can do this in our town."
Carmichael, Lucas John, and Frank Ray opened for headliner Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry fame. Montgomery and his band rocked the stage for over an hour, singing hits "Where I Come From" and "She Couldn't Change Me." The show was simulcast on 96.7 the Eagle. Fireworks followed the music.