Hastings Potato & Cabbage Festival

The local St. Johns County news reporters at Historic City News have learned that the Hastings Potato & Cabbage Festival will return to Hastings on Saturday, May 8, 2010.

The festival will feature the joyous, spiritual sound of The Lee Boys’ from 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

The Lee Boys sacred steel style is rooted in gospel, but is infused with rhythm and blues, jazz, rock, funk, hip-hop, country, and world music genres in a powerfully jamming mix.

When The Lee Boys bring their sound to the stage, audiences instantly recognize that this is not “sitting and listening” music – dancing, shouting out, and having fun are considered essential parts of their tradition.

According to their publicist, “These guys will funkify your soul and help you see the musical light.”

In the late 1930s, two brothers brought a new musical instrument into the worship experience of the House of God church in Jacksonville. The Pentecostal congregation embraced the soulful sound of the electric lap-steel guitar, as played by a novice named Willie Eason and his brother Truman.

Over time this unique sound became the hallmark of the church. The pedal steel guitar was later added into the mix in the 1970s. The Lee Boys are part of the fourth generation of this tradition in the faith.

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