Howdy, y’all. Here’s a picture of me took at my buddy Timmy Tom Bob’s parole party back in April. I’m wearing my favorite T-shirt for the occasion. Given the cyclical nature of historical circumstance, it is my sincere belief that the South will rise again. Further buttressing my theory vis-à-vis an inevitable Confederate resurgence, there are a number of redneck-interest weekend events happening to which I would like to draw your attention.
Ain’t nothin’ better than tossin’ back a cool Coors 20-ouncer while the wind coming through my Camaro’s T-roof blows through my hair. Sometimes, I like to pretend I’m Burt Reynolds, running decoy for my good buddy Jerry Reed. Course, the Bandit’s engine didn’t stall out at every stop sign. And he didn’t have to make a rolling start every time he got in the car.
Still, the Camaro represents the height of American industry, and the camaraderie among enthusiasts is undeniable. Camarofest gets underway at 9 on Saturday morning at E.H. Young Riverfront Park (1001 Argosy Parkway). Besides the car show, there are awards, music and drawings for prizes.
One wonders what Elvis Aaron Presley might have accomplished had he not died on the shitbox that fateful morning of August 16, 1977. Still, his memory is forever enshrined in collectible plates and the performances of his many imitators. Saturday, Jerry Presley's Legends Revue brings simulated Elvis performances – or perhaps I should say Elverisimilitude – to Theatre in the Park (7710 Renner Road in Lenexa).There are also less interesting performances by simulated Barbra Streisand and simulated Sonny and Cher. Still, Jerry Presley is a blood relation of Elvis, and the opportunity to shake his hand is too good to pass up. The show starts at 8 p.m.
And I’m a-gonna be busier than a two-peckered billy goat because an actual, unsimulated celebrity is coming to the Crossroads District. SummerBrawl III: "Clash at the Crossroads" features Jay Lethal, the Atomic Dog and – most significantly – Mr. “Hacksaw” Butch Reed, who started out wrestling in the Kansas City area in 1978. It’s a benefit-type thing for Children’s Mercy Hospital. Tickets cost $15 for ringside reserved, $10 general admission, $5.00 for children under 12 and are available at Grinders (417 East 18th Street). The rumble begins at 18th and Locust at 8 p.m. -- Chris Packham