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David Pattridge and the Levee Singers are in concert on Aug. 14

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He played the piano and taught music for years at Hastings Middle School. He also had a following at the former Steamboat Inn in Prescott.

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Dave Pattridge is still playing the piano and has a group of singers, "The Levee Singers," with him. They will perform in concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, at the LeDuc Historic Estate grounds as part of the free summer concert series.

The group's participatory style occasionally involves members of the crowd in sing-a-longs or short skits.

"The young-at-heart singers range in age from 40 to 70," said Pattridge.

Pattridge, the vocal music teacher and play director at the Hastings Middle School for 40 years, always involved a large number of students in choir groups and plays.

Members of the Levee Singers from Hastings are Chuck Broman, Dan and Jeanette Mace, Cletus and Phyllis Rotty, Donna Lindahl and Jan Differt. Singers from the Twin Cities are Sooz McNeil, Dick and Elena Biessener and Teresa Clark.

Selections will include several polkas, river tunes, patriotic tunes, gospel toe tappers and sing-a-along favorites such as "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" and "Sentimental Journey," plus novelty tunes such as "Minnie the Moocher" and "The Lion Sleeps Tonight."

Recently, the Levee Singers performed at the Spotlight on Seniors show in Menomonie, Wis., and the Sons of Norway 25th anniversary party. They have been the featured entertainment for Hastings Area Senior Center holiday parties. They also visit nursing homes, senior residences, Regina Medical Center functions and class reunion banquets.

A special 5:30 p.m. tour of the LeDuc Historic Estate has been added to the regular Sunday tour schedule. This gives outdoor concert goers an opportunity to have a tour of the estate before attending the 7 p.m. concerts.

The remainder of the concert schedule is as follows: Sunday, Aug. 21, Jolly Huntsmen Band, who play polka music; and Sunday, Aug. 28, Xibaba, a Brazilian music band.

Bring a blanket or chair. Regular admission prices apply. Pie and ice cream will be served by community organizations.

In case of rain, concert location is Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 400 W. Ninth Street.

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