A Blast from the Past — 32nd show rocks Chilton County

Published 2:57 pm Wednesday, February 28, 2024

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By Carey Reeder | Managing Editor

The 2024 Blast from the Past Chilton County took place from Feb. 23-25 that featured three shows from the county’s talented high school students.

Over 100 students across Chilton County participated in the 32nd installment of the musical performance that showcases decades of different music in one place. Two evening shows were held on Feb. 23 and 24 at 7 p.m., followed by a Sunday matinee show at 2 p.m. inside McKee Auditorium at Chilton County High School.

“It was a really good show,” Sherri McKee, Blast from the Past coordinator, said. “We were really proud of the kids, they had a lot of talent and were willing to work hard and put on a good show. I was very pleased.”

Some of the songs performed during the shows were “Dancing Queen” by ABBA, “You Drive Me Crazy” by Brittany Spears and “Mountain Music” by ALABAMA. The goal for the shows this year was the same as the 31 years before — incorporate a lot of different decades of music. The genre of the show remained heavily rock and roll, but the occasional country or rhythm and blues song was performed as well.

“We like to mix it up as much as we can, and have as much variety as we can,” McKee said.

The students were presented with a long list of song options for the show, and from there they were matched with the songs based on their vocal talents. McKee said the outstanding vocal performances this year from the seniors was the biggest thing that stood out to her in the shows, and they will be missed after this year.

“One of my favorite parts of this, and has been since we started this, is that we get to do this for elementary school children,” McKee said. “Our mission is to promote music education, and to show little kids how much fun a live performance is. One of my favorite things I do, and I think it is one of the most important things I do, is for kids that young to know that their friends can get on that stage and do a really good job, so when they are that age they will be able to get on the stage and do a really good job.”

All proceeds raised through Blast from the Past Chilton County go towards scholarships for seniors from each school who participated in the performances.