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Musicians honor the missing with concert at Freeman Lake Park

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10 bands to play beginning at noon Saturday

By Becca Owsley

Local musicians will band together Saturday at Freeman Lake Park in Elizabethtown to bring awareness to the missing in Kentucky and support the owners and their dogs who search for missing people.

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The concert, Song for the Missing 2, begins at noon Saturday and features 10 bands performing throughout the day.

Toni Goodman, event organizer and vice president of the Hardin County-based Kentucky Bloodhound Search and Rescue, said the event is to bring attention to the people who are missing in Kentucky.

At the time of the first Song for the Missing event in 2012, there were more than 300 people missing in the state of Kentucky, she said.

She hopes people see posters of the missing displayed during the event and remember something that could help find a missing individual.

Goodman also wants to use the event to let people know the bloodhound group can help when someone is missing. Members of the organization provide their services, dogs and training with no compensation.

Goodman was inspired to create the concert event after seeing a group participating with The Squeaky Wheel tour at 4th Street Live! in Louisville. Bands in this tour agree to bring awareness to people missing and display photos of missing people at their concerts.

Last year, she had a hard time getting bands for the first event, but this year she said offers were “pouring in.”

Most bands volunteered to do whatever she needed, Goodman said. The bands participating play country, rock, southern rock and a variety of other music.

“We have a little bit of everything,” she said.

She thinks it is important to use local bands to promote local talent.

One of those local musicians, Luie Brangers, was involved with the event last year. He met Goodman while at a party for the 2012 NCAA Final Four and learned about Bloodhound Search and Rescue. He later invited Goodman to talk about the group on his SplatterTribe Entertainment website.

Brangers has played with many of the bands. They don’t only play cover songs, but have their own original music, he said. 

“They are all people who can put on a good show,” he said, adding they are all giving up their own time for the concert.

Brangers said it’s important to make people aware of the missing and the bloodhound group.

If something such as the tornados in Oklahoma happened in this area, the Kentucky Bloodhound Search and Rescue dogs and owners would be the ones out searching for people in the rubble, he said.

During the concert, guest speakers will talk about their own experience with missing people and the Kentucky Bloodhound Search and Rescue team will provide a demonstration of the dogs searching for a missing person.

The concert is free and food is sold by an independent vendor. Door prizes such as a $50 gift card to E-town Animal Hospital will be given away.

For more information, go to the Song for the Missing page on Facebook.

Becca Owsley can be reached at (270) 505-1741 or bowsley@thenewsenterprise.com.