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The Mesquite weather was beautiful as usual for the annual free Concert On The Grass at the City Hall amphitheater. But it was more of the spirit of Mesquite that the people came to see.Sponsored by the City of Mesquite and the Mesquite Arts Council, the concert featured the best of local talent.“This is agreat bunch of performers,” said Margaret Judkins, Mistress of Ceremonies and 2011 Ms. Senior Mesquite.“Just sit back and enjoy the show.”
The concert was opened by the Veterans Honor Guard presenting the colors and leading the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by mother and daughter team, Haley and Michelle Poulsen, singing God Bless America.Jean Watkins of the Mesquite Showgirls, welcomed people to the event and passed out programs.
Cindy Biskup, assistant to the mayor, welcomed everyone to the concert and gave apologies for the mayor and council who were inside City Hall going over the annual budget discussions.
The singers, from youngsters to a 70-something sang their hearts out for the audience's pleasure.Many were well-recognized, having performed on stage in several Mesquite events.
For local talent, some performers were as good as professional entertainers.
Jessica Baeza sang “The Colors of the Wind” from the Disney film Pocahontas that brought huge applause from the audience.
She was followed by the 2012 Ms. Senior Mesquite, Claudia Nicholas, who belted out a medley of “I've Got the Music In Me” which also thrilled the audience.
Kira Dalton, a newcomer performing her first solo, sang a toe-tapping rendition of “Almost There” which prompted the Mistress of Ceremony to say “we'll be seeing more of her.”
A familiar figure in his white sequined jump suit, Mesquite resident Doc Nielsen, did his Elvis impersonation singing three of “The King's” songs.Nielsen plans to compete in the next Elvis Tribute Artist contest held at the Casablanca.
Rounding out the entertainers were Heather Law, Whisper Saltzman, Melyssa Wursten, Felicia Rolfsmeyer and sisters Nikki, Autumn and Alexis Boatright.
Blair Adams, the sound manager, performed the final two numbers to wrap up the concert.Lasting about 90 minutes, the concert was a enjoyed by all and the audience was invited to come back next year by the Mistress of Ceremonies.