2:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 14, 2017
"Grateful, Dad” - Father's Day music

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The Betty Strong Encounter Center will host “Grateful, Dad,” a musical menu of Father’s Day specials dished up by Jack, Mike and Jonas Langley and Walter Peterson at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 18. Admission will be free; a reception will follow.

“Not from San Francisco, ‘Grateful, Dad’ is a cult band from Iowa’s west coast, steeped in and stewards of the Folkadelic tradition,” Mike Langley says tongue-in-cheek. “We hope to touch the heart of Father’s Day with our show. I can't think of a better way to spend the day than playing special songs with my dad, Jack, my son, Jonas, and our pal, Walter.”

The audience will be treated to range of selections, including, “I'm My Own Grandpa" (1947 Latham/Jaffe); "Uncle Matthew" by John Denver; "Daddy Frank" by Merle Haggard; "Sam Stone" by John Prine.”

Mike Langley plans to write a melody for Lewis Carroll's poem, "You are old, Father William" from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. He also will perform his "You Can't Go Wrong, Daddy" and "Carpe Diem."

Father and son singers/songwriters Jack and Mike Langley have been performing together onstage for almost 40 years, traveling from Sioux City to Nashville, Tenn., to Vienna and back. Mike’s son, Jonas, recently joined his dad and grandfather as percussionist.

Peterson describes himself as an “old time” music and folklore enthusiast, Lewis and Clark-period re-enactor, “penny-farthing cyclist” and multi-instrumentalist folksinger.