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Patriotic Concert Honors Veterans At Cave Without A Name

It’s a Fourth of July celebration that’s not actually happening on the fourth. And it’s not a fireworks show, but a patriotic musical review. 

"(It's) our theatrical stage show Proud to Be American," said Tom Masinter, who runs the Allegro Stage Company, which is putting on the show.

"We’re going to be doing a lot of American music to celebrate," he said. "We’ll be doing Frank Sinatra songs and Judy Garland songs. And we’ll be doing a lot of 50s rock 'n' roll, good ol’ rock 'n'roll. We’re even going to do some patriotic songs because it’s good to be a Texan."

I asked Masinter how many singers and performers will be playing with him.

“We have six professional actors onstage with the Allegro Stage Company group, plus a special appearance by Jack Edmondson, who is a re-enactor; and he does an incredible John Wayne, so the Duke is going to come. And as a special treat, he’s going to sing," Masinter said.

Unlike most of the concerts at Cave Without a Name, this one’s not in the cave.

"We’re going to be in the new pavilion up on the surface, and that’s why we can use our drum and get a good kick to our dance music up there," Masinter said. "Audiences are invited to bring their chaise lounge, their camp chairs, their ice chests, their barbecue grills. Come up and spend the day at the cave. See the show, take the tour of the cave."

I noted to him that there’s probably some bats down in the cave glad they won’t be shaking, rattling and rolling.

"I think so!" Masinter said. "I’ve seen those bats and I think that they’re going to be glad. ‘Course they might feel the vibrations coming down from the surface."

The event has a special price for Veterans.

"They get in free. All military get in free," Masinter said.

Jack Morgan can be reached at jack@tpr.org and on Twitter at @JackMorganii