The Leslie Williams Band takes the stage this week at Mountain Home’s Friday Night Block Party.
Music and activities will begin at 7 p.m. Friday night at the courthouse square in downtown Mountain Home. The event is free to the public and this week’s sponsor is the Good Samaritan Society of Mountain Home.
Formerly known as the Highstrung Band, the Leslie Williams Band is a five-piece group that has been playing together for 12 years and covers songs from the 1960s to the current Top 40.
Leslie Williams of Lakeview sings vocals for the band. She started singing at age 6, and began playing professionally with her mother’s band at 7. She has performed in venues in Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi.
Terry Batterton of Mountain Home plays lead guitar. Batterton comes from a musical family and started playing professionally at a young age, playing with his father’s band, Rawhide Band (later known as 100 Proof). Batterton spent the next 20-plus years playing with local rock band Crossfire.
Anthony Racaniello of Flippin plays drums and percussion. Racaniello is a long-time percussionist playing venues from the East Coast to Arkansas.
Ken Williams of Mountain Home provides acoustic rhythm guitar and backup vocals. Originally from Mississippi, he grew up on Delta blues, southern rock and country music.
Lonnie Williams of Lakeview rounds out the band on bass guitar. Being Mississippi born, he also shares a love for blues and southern rock.
Holy Smokes BBQ will be on hand selling their barbecue and the Baxter County Historical Society will be selling ice cream sundaes. Funnel cakes, fried pies, iced coffee and lemonade will also be available from concession vendors. Attendees will also have a chance to win door prizes during the band’s intermission.
For information regarding the Friday Night Block Party, becoming a volunteer, sponsor or vendor, call Ron Shire at (870) 404-6347. The Block Parties can also be found online at mountainhomeblockparty.com or on Facebook at facebook.com/mountainhome.square.
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