first_imgEarlier this week, ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill fractured his shoulder after a ZZ Top performance. As such, the band has postponed all dates from now through May 7th. Unfortunately, one of those dates happens to be the Laid Back Festival, scheduled for May 7th at the Lakewood Amphitheatre in Atlanta, GA.The first of five Laid Back Festivals, hosted and curated by Gregg Allman, will be pushed back to a later date. The Atlanta Laid Back lineup plans to feature sets from Allman, ZZ Top, Blackberry Smoke, Michelle Malone, Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band and more, and the make-up date is not yet known.The other four events, including fests in Nashville, Chicago, New York, and Colorado, are all on as scheduled. You can find out more details about those here. We wish Dusty Hill all the best on the road to recovery![Via AJC]last_img read more

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Sometimes life has a way of superseding your expectations. So is the case of 11-year-old Mason Lough and his parents, Larance and Carrie Lough of Wellington.Saturday night, the Zac Brown Band came to Wichita to perform in front of a near capacity crowd at Intrust Bank Stadium.What the Loughs didn’t expect was that Mason would perform his piano solo “Colder Weather” to the Zac Brown Band and its thousands of zealous number of fans in south-central Kansas (see video below). “I don’t know if he really knows what hit him,” said his mother Carrie Sunday morning. “He’s out this morning in the front yard playing basketball, like last night was just a normal evening for him.”Rest assured, it wasn’t.Mason Lough performing as Clay Cook looks on…It’s been an interesting ride for the Loughs, since placing a You Tube video a year ago where Mason, 10-years-old at the time, played a commanding  rendition of “Colder Weather” on a grand piano with no sheet music (see other video below).The thing about the Internet is you never know what could happen. But the video was picked up by “The Wolf” 100.5 — a local radio station in Wichita, who was sponsoring the concert held Saturday. And members of the band saw the video.As a result, the Kennedy Elementary fifth grade student and his mother were invited to eat at a VIP pre-concert dinner for 150 of Zac Brown Band’s most ardent fan club fans in the Wichita area. It was a dinner of down-home cooking that was actually prepared for the band or at least its entourage.“That in itself was an incredible experience,” Carrie said “We got to meet all the band members and have a great conversation with them.”But then the evening turned into something so much more. Clay Cook, the keyboardist for the band, introduced himself to Mason and said.“Look here, you are the kid who can play ‘Colder Weather’ better than I can.”He then looked Mason into his eyes and asked him if he would like to perform the song during the concert.“Mason’s eyes got real big and said, ‘sure,’” Carrie said. “I don’t think he was ever nervous about playing. He was so excited… Me, on the other hand, was petrified. I couldn’t calm my nerves.”Well, as you can tell on the video, Mason performed like a seasoned veteran. People in the crowd, except for a few sliver of Wellington fans scattered throughout, had no idea where this little man came from. But some were said to be moved to tears before Mason was done performing. At the end, Clay Cook lifted Mason in his arms and held him high. Mason threw his hands in his air making the touchdown sign.This most certainly wasn’t planned.Mason started playing way back when he was 3 playing on a cheap keyboard. By the time he was 5 he was taking piano lessons.After the family moved away from Wellington, they eventually moved back and eventually got in contact with Scott Williams in Winfield, who has been teaching Mason how to perform using both sheet music and playing the songs by ear.“It is quite an acquired art,” Carrie said about listening to music by ear. “It is something Mason is still learning.”Mason wanted to play songs he heard on the radio and “Colder Weather” was one of his favorites – a country song Zac Brown Band took to the top of the charts in 2010.And what was the reason for the original You Tube video? The Mason family simply made it so friends and relatives in the Kansas City area and elsewhere could see him play.How that piece of video led to Mason Lough on stage with the Zac Brown Band Saturday night at Intrust is one of those stories where truth is indeed stranger than fiction.Mason Lough on the big screen at Zac Brown Band Concert in Wichita, April 20, 2013. 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Report Reply 0 replies · active 381 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Imagine · 381 weeks ago Very cool! Report Reply 0 replies · active 381 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Brian Kimzey · 381 weeks ago That’s my nephew, I couldn’t be more proud! Fantastic job Mason! Report Reply 0 replies · active 381 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Tanya Kimzey · 381 weeks ago Mason’s Grandpa ,Robert Kimzey passed, away last October. He would be so proud ! He would tell all his friends that’s my Grandson, he take after me. Good job Mason Report Reply 0 replies · active 381 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Gator · 381 weeks ago I’ve known this little man for a few years and he holds a special place in my heart. He is a very special kid. GREAT JOB MASON!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 381 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Austin · 381 weeks ago I coached his younger brother! Just awesome! Good Job Mason! Report Reply 0 replies · active 381 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down tammy · 381 weeks ago Mason you was so good last night at the Zac Brown show. I was there right up front and everyone around me coundnt believe you was playing. AWESOME JOB MASON!!!!! 🙂 Report Reply 0 replies · active 381 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down ilyssa · 381 weeks ago mason good job Report Reply 0 replies · active 381 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Sarah · 381 weeks ago So awesome Mason! I was there watching you, first I had goosebumps and by the end I had tears! Don’t ever give up on your dreams Mason!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 381 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Roxie · 381 weeks ago Mason I am very proud of you. You have come a long way from the 4year old boy who dreamed of playing like Nickelback. Report Reply 0 replies · active 381 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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