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Gigs in the Garden: Layton Hollow Gals
May 12, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Central Bank and Central Trust present Gigs in the Garden, a free concert series at 2:00 p.m. on Sundays in May of 2019 at the Peace through People Pavilion located within the beautiful Dogwood Garden in the Springfield Botanical Gardens, 2400 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield, Mo.
Gigs in the Garden features a variety of local performance groups and offers community members an exciting way to enjoy the extraordinary park. Attendees are asked to bring their own lawn chairs and/or blankets for seating. In the case of inclement weather, the concerts will move inside the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center.
Layton Hollow Gals perform on Sunday, May 12 at 2:00 p.m.
Melinda Mullins (guitar/vocals), Emily Higgins (guitar/mandolin/vocals), and Betsy Mae Graves (upright bass/vocals) are The Layton Hollow Gals, named after the birthplace of Melinda’s father, the Ozarks’ Grammy-nominated songwriting school janitor, Johnny Mullins. Johnny penned hit songs for the likes of Loretta Lynn, Porter Wagoner, and Emmylou Harris among many other artists. Johnny passed away in 2009, and since 2013 Melinda has been on a mission to share her father’s body of work, much of which she has unearthed in “the shoebox collection” of old cassette tapes containing previously undiscovered songs. The Layton Hollow Gals share songs from The Johnny Mullins Collection with harmony, passion, and a good dose of fun.
“The Layton Hollow Gals deliver a heartfelt live music history of the songwriting of Melinda’s Dad, Johnny Mullins. I confess to not having known much about Johnny Mullins, but now have my appetite whetted. What an interesting man he was, working as an elementary school custodian during the day, and exploding with poetry and songs any time, day and night. His sweet music and human insight have made it into his daughter. I encourage you to take a listen!” — Mike Paget, Green Guitar Folk House, Lenexa KS
“I had the great pleasure of working with The Layton Hollow Gals as part of our Concerts in the Courthouse series. I found them to be personable, professional and quite entertaining. I’m looking forward to having them back for another performance.” — Eddie Osborne, 18-year host of KTBG-FM (aka 90.9 “The Bridge”)’s weekly “Eclectic Cafe”
Gigs in the Garden is organized by Ric Mayer, maintainer of the Kickapoo Edge Prairie, through Friends of the Garden and Springfield Sister Cities Association in cooperation with the Springfield-Greene County Park Board. Funding for the concert series is made possible through Central Bank and Central Trust’s sponsorship of the Dogwood Garden.
Though the concerts are free, donations are accepted to help fund an ADA-compliant pathway through the Kickapoo Edge Prairie. One of more than 40 garden areas at the Springfield Botanical Gardens, the Kickapoo Edge Prairie is an educational demonstration of Missouri’s ecological heritage.
The Peace through People Pavilion was constructed in late 2016 to encourage more cultural performances and community events in the Springfield Botanical Gardens. The Pavilion furthers the Friends of the Garden mission to bring people, nature, and gardens together as well as the Springfield Sister Cities Association mission of Peace through People.