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Colleyville’s Red, White & Sousa concert a patriotic salute

LexiAnn Moyer plays with her mother at the event.
LexiAnn Moyer plays with her mother at the event. rmallison@star-telegram.com

Colleyville’s popular Red, White & Sousa concert, a musical celebration of America’s Independence Day, was held June 24 — giving patriotic fans an earlier chance than the Fourth of July to get into the spirit.

Terrie Lutke, aka The Stilt Lady, dressed in green from head to toe to portray Lady Liberty.

Stilt walking, costumed characters, fire breathing, whip cracking and more are all available here for hire, the entertainer from Grand Prairie said.

Lutke said it takes about 30 minutes to paint her face green and dress like the Statue of Liberty, a persona she performs on stilts several times a year, such as at company events featuring a New York theme.

Red, White & Sousa is a favorite Lady Liberty job.

“Everybody says, ‘That’s awesome. You’re tall.’  ” Lutke said, explaining that her stilts take her from 5-foot-5 to eight feet.

She said the celebration was “awesome.”

“Everybody out there was having a good time,” Lutke said. “It’s a really fun event.”

David Slick portrayed Uncle Sam.

The self-professed clown/magician for hire said he has been wowing audiences since 2002 after being inspired by a juggling performance.

“Teaching and performing my skills have been very rewarding,” said Slick of North Richland Hills. “It has been thrilling to juggle five flaming torches on a unicycle, magically vanish objects from a volunteer’s hand and stilt walk as Uncle Sam.

“But even more thrilling has been witnessing the reactions I get from audience members both young and old. I love seeing peoples’ jaws drop during a magic routine, eyes light up while learning to juggle and funny bones tickled throughout my show.”

Colleyville’s free concert featured The Vocal Majority.

Rocky Willett, a member of Dallas-based Vocal Majority — winner of the Barbershop Harmony Society international chorus championship 12 times — said singing is his passion.

“Singing with The Vocal Majority, you are surrounded by this wonderful ringing, expanded sound produced by men who are singing from their hearts — especially when you get to sing John Philip Sousa’s The Stars and Stripes Forever.”

In Southlake, the Stars & Stripes Celebration honored Independence Day on July 3 with its annual celebration, featuring live music, patriotic ceremonies, fireworks and food at Rustin/Family Park.

In Grapevine, patriotic fans celebrated the 34th Annual July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza on Monday at Oak Grove Park. The event was set to patriotic music. The 26-minute fireworks spectacular was a highlight of the event celebrating American’s birthday.

Marty Sabota: 817-390-7367

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