7th Inning Stretch Hometown Stage and Kid’s Zone

Three regional entertainers perform on secondary stage; circus, games and characters highlight Kids’ Zone
SHELBY, NC – MAY 16, 2022 – As elements of the 7th Inning Stretch Festival’s return to Uptown Shelby after a two-year coronavirus-forced hiatus, Cleveland County ALWS Baseball Inc.’s organizers are adding a secondary stage on Washington Street and ramping up the entertainment for children and youth.
The Festival, the ALWS committee’s ‘thank you’ for the local community’s support, opens at 8:00 AM Saturday, Aug. 6, with the Road to Hope 5K; the Little Miss ALWS pageant is on the agenda for 10:00 AM at Shelby City Park Auditorium. The Uptown Shelby portion of the Festival opens at 3:00 PM, when regional musicians take the Washington Street stage. Tangerine Trees, a Beatles tribute band from Gastonia, will take the first set, followed by a veteran who performs his own music, and a contemporary Christian artist who has been writing songs since she was 11 years old.
Tangerine Trees consists of four life-long musicians led by Roger Leonhart on vocals and guitar. Scott Moon supplies drums and vocals, Jimmy Ennis adds bass and vocals and John White plays guitar. Tangerine Trees evolved from an original band called String Theory, whose members noted a great interest in the Beatles tunes they performed. After a few special Beatles shows each year, they morphed into Tangerine Trees and have enjoyed bookings at many festivals and concerts around the Carolinas. The group covers many of the Beatles’ well-known songs and some obscure ones. No wigs for this group; just attention to detail in reproducing masterpiece music.
When not performing alone, Justin Clyde Williams plays sideman for a friend or Tyler Hatley in The Dick and Tammy Show out of Dallas, N.C. Williams’ songs are a soundtrack to his own life experiences. Traditional country and bluegrass music with a variety of influences come across whether he is armed with a flat top or backed by a full band. Williams has two albums on Spotify – “Empty Rooms” and “Preamble.” Other appearances this year are Grove Fest in June in Coddle Creek, N.C., and Reevestock Music Festival in August in Elkin, N.C.

Dia V rounds out the afternoon with contemporary Christian music, including songs she wrote. A resident of Cleveland County, Dia V is part of the praise and worship team at Pleasant City Church. She also leads worship in other churches across North Carolina.
DJ Wolfman, a local deejay and sound technician, will serve as host for the secondary stage and provide music between the acts.
A circus on Lafayette Street near Graham Steet will offer acrobats, jugglers, and clowns. Youngsters will find, also, a giant slide, mini golf, safe archery, a wrecking ball ride, an obstacle course, athletic team mascots and other characters placed throughout the Festival area.
“We are anticipating a Festival to outshine all our previous festivals,” says Eddie Holbrook, chairman of the local ALWS committee. “We are excited to have such a strong lineup of talent for all ages to enjoy. The games and activities for our younger crowd are more in number and more diverse than in previous years. We’re hoping for a record crowd.”
Sponsorships and vendor spaces are still available for the Festival. For more information about the 7th Inning Stretch Festival, visit www.7thinningstretch.cc or call 704-600-6599. The 2022 ALWS is scheduled for Aug. 11-16. General admission tickets go on sale June 1. For more information about the games and tickets, visit www.americanlegionworldseries.com or call 704-466-3103 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM weekdays.

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