Lockhouse Orchestra performs at Fall Concert at Salem Civic Center Oct. 28th!  (Posted by Ginger Smith)

United Country Real Estate Moody Realty in Salem and Cozort Realty of Thayer presents the popular Lockhouse Orchestra in concert on October 28 at the Salem Civic Center located on the Fulton County Fairgrounds in Salem Arkansas. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m and the doors will open at 6:00 p.m. This versatile group played for the inaugural concert at the Civic Center last fall and many have requested that we bring them back for a repeat performance.

Other sponsors are Bank of Salem, Dairy Queen of Salem, CenturyLInk, North Arkansas Electric, First Community Bank of Highland/Ash Flat, Barker Funeral Home, Salem VFW Post 9777 Auxiliary, Welch Couch and Co. Public Accountants. Media sponsors are Areawide Media, Hometown Radio KSAR, Pacesetting Times and K-Kountry 95.

The Lockhouse Orchestra was formed by Danny Dozier to perform a series of monthly concerts. Each month the band would do a tribute to a different artist. Some of the artists covered included The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Creedence, Fleetwood Mac, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, artists from the Motown era and more. They are one of the most popular groups in the area and are well known for playing a variety of music—southern rock, country, and blues.

The diversity of experience of the musicians is what makes this band special, the members of Lockhouse Orchestera have two very important things in common: the love of music and the love and appreciation of the Ozarks. Each of the members had their own music career before returning home. These musicians’ experience pulls from country, rock, blues, gospel, folk, and heavy metal. The band members include John Parks, Jason Moser and Danny Dozier, all from Batesville. Parks plays guitar and sings, Moser plays drums, and Dozier plays guitar, sings and is the band leader. Sarah Jo Roark of Melbourne sings and plays percussion; Penny Wolfe of Evening Shade sings and plays percussion; and Jerry Bone of Oxford plays bass.

Save on concert tickets by purchasing in advance tickets for $10 each at United Country Moody Realty in Salem or at the Bank of Salem. They can also be purchased at the Fulton County Fair Office or online at www.salemciviccenter.net or www.fultoncountyfair.org. General admission at the door is $15.

Get your tickets before they sell out and save on the day of the concert.

Fulton County Fair Assoc.
Post Office Box 910
Salem, AR 72576
Telephone: 870-895-5565
Fax: 870-895-5572


Ginger Smith joined OGTC in 2014 as a volunteer, and has lived in this area since 1972 when she moved to be near her parents, the late Doss and Vivian Burgess. Her late father was Independence County Appraiser and any time family, whether kids or grand kids, came to visit for even a short time, he would take them to A.D. Hill’s grocery store, and get them a soda pop and candy bar, see the talking bird there, and end up “checking out the great White River.” All the kids and grands have played on the banks there, picnicked, and played on the old train. Ginger is adamant, since she moved to Batesville, there is just no other place to raise a family. Her love for the area and desire to help promote it in her professional capacity led her to seek volunteering, and Charlie Morris, whom she met when she was a typesetter at the Daily Guard Newspaper, put her in touch with Cathy Drew, Executor Director of OGTC. She has been on board since then and says she has loved everything she has done and is proud to represent North Central Arkansas.
The last 20 years of her employment she worked for the late County Judge David Wyatt, West Elementary School Principal Jerry Harris, and Circuit Clerk Claudia Nobles and Judge John Kemp. At the Guard Office she says she made friends for a life time, and then the West Elementary teachers, students, and their families grew close to her forever. Her last job she was hired in a newly created position to collect felony fines and restitution. She was so proud that after three years she more than tripled the annual revenues that she retired! Her part-time retirement job was with the ortho docs, Drs. Allen and Angel where she also met many people from all over the area, and made another set of new friends! She is a published writer and has also written feature articles for the Batesville Guard TV Guide and the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.
She has a daughter, Misty Long Sparks, son-in-law Dloyd Sparks, and three grands, Dalton Lee, Victoria Lynn and Anna Rose, who own her heart, and three more heartbeat grands, Nico and Corbin of Washington, and a late granddaughter, Ginger Savannah. Her late husband, Ken Smith, was the Batesville Postmaster.
Totally retired now, Ginger offers her time and writing abilities to OGTC as she travels around the state and visits with so many nice folks, writes reviews, and tries to be a worthy representative for Ozark Gateway Tourism. She is a people person who really cares for all God has blessed us with in our beautiful state of Arkansas in the United States of America.