As far as music on the square goes, summer will last a little longer this year after an impending rainstorm forced cancellation of last week's Downtown Sounds concert by Missouri Detour, a rock and country classics ensemble from St. Joseph.
Instead, Missouri Detour will now perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, as the final show in this year's live entertainment series, which is sponsored by the Greater Maryville Chamber of Commerce.
That means Downtown Sounds fans will get two more chances to boogie on the square this summer, the first coming on Thursday, Aug.15, during a performance by the Phil Vandel Band.
Both shows are free, but seating is limited, and those attending are urged to bring lawn chairs.
Like Missouri Detour, singer/guitarist Vandel is a St. Joe act with deep roots in Northwest Missouri.
However, the veteran country rock entertainer has spent much of the past three decades traveling the world playing with top acts, and more recently, performing for U.S. military personnel stationed overseas.
After spending most of the 1990s on the road with various bands, Vandel became the lead singer and guitarist with the Dixie Cadillacs, which traveled to Nashville to record the album “It All Comes Down To Love” and the single “Feels Like Rain.”
The Cadillacs were a hit on college campuses nationwide and in 2000 received the National Association for Campus Activities' Country Entertainer of the Year Award.
Opting for a change in direction, Vandel joined forces with Matt Snook 2007 to form Vandelsnook before forming his own group in 2010.
Since then, the Phil Vandel Band has toured extensively, including a series of headlining shows for U.S. troops deployed to Kuwait and Iraq.
These days, Vandel remains one of the region's most popular musicians, having shared the stage with such legendary names as Charlie Daniels, John Anderson, Gary Sinise & The Lt. Dan Band and Billy Bob Thornton & The Boxmasters.