Simply Mae's hosts 'Country Music & Comfort Food' night
Simply Mae's Cafe & Boutique is hosting an evening of "Country Music & Comfort Food" Thursday, June 10, at the Sons of Norway building, 503 Elm, Story City.
"It will be a night of music and dancing and food," Simply Mae's owner Cande Coulter said.
The evening will feature John and Connie Pedersen, Dan Bowers and Dwayne Spangler.
A dinner will be available. The meal will include a brisket sandwich, pasta salad, Mae's Chips and Texas sheet cake. Audience members can carry in wine or beer.
Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Tickets including dinner are $16 in advance or $18 at the door. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for the 6 p.m. show. For tickets, call 515-357-9664 or order online at simplymaes.com.
Big John & His Spare Parts is a group composed of husband and wife duo, John and Connie Pedersen of Ledyard, in northern Iowa. John plays guitar and sings and Connie joins in playing bass and joins John in singing. She's his favorite "Spare Part."
Their music comes from genres of honkytonk, classic country, rockabilly, old-time rock 'n roll and gospel. Big John was inducted into the National Traditional Country Music Hall of Fame in 2012.
Music is their part time hobby, but keeps them busy by entertaining at different area venues, plus Nebraska, Missouri, Minnesota and Iowa music festivals in the summer months and traveling to Texas and Arizona in the winter
Dan Bowers, aka Dan the Dobro Man, is from Pocahontas, Arkansas. Bowers has played country and bluegrass music since he was a child. He was inducted into the National Traditional Country Music Hall of Fame in 2018 and was nominated in 2019 for the Bluegrass Music Association of Iowa Dobro Player of the year.
Bowers has played with musicians from Canada, the Netherlands, Germany, Australia and the U.S. He travels playing festivals from North Dakota to Texas and states in between. For several years, he has traveled with singer-songwriter, Terry Smith. Smith is best known for his song, "Far Side Banks of Jordan," which was first released by Johnny and June Carter Cash.
Growing up with traditional country and gospel music, Dwayne Spangler became a musician of many genres. From Southern rock, bluegrass and old school country music, Spangler is a pure musician. He has traveled the United States entertaining audiences at festivals and venues. Dewayne has opened for many well known artists over the years such as Merle Haggard, Bellamy Brothers and Charlie Daniels to name a few. He has a guitar signed and dated by 21 professional artists he has had the privilege of playing with in concert venues. He was personally invited, and attended, Willie Nelson's 70th birthday party.
A professional musician, Spangler has been nominated as the Arkansas Songwriter of the Year, Acoustic Act of the Year, Song of the Year, and Acoustic Duo of the year. He spends his spare time involved with youth archery programs and is a International Bow Hunters Association Master Instructor. He is the current Arkansas Modern Long Bow Champion.