BLUE RIDGE-OAKLAND: Columbia Star Dinner Train to feature jazz performance

Wednesday, September 21, 2011 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Passengers aboard the Columbia Star Dinner Train now have the chance to experience live music in addition to the train’s customary four-course meals.

Local musician Lisa Rose and accompanying guitarist John Stewart will stage a jazz concert on the vintage train Sept. 30.

Devon Ashcraft of the reservations staff said this is the first time the dinner train is offering live entertainment.

“We wanted to have a little something extra,” Ashcraft said. “Everyone likes live music, and the train is just a more intimate setting for that.”

Ashcraft said the dinner train chose Rose because she is well knownin the community.

The musician has been performing in Columbia for 13 years but said this is the first time to play on a moving train. Though she plays a variety of instruments, Rose will only play saxophone due to the train’s limited space.

“We will play some background samba-esque, soothing, soulful ambient sounds to leave the listener with a pleasant memory,” Rose said.

The event is at no extra cost to passengers.  Passengers can purchase tickets for the regular price of $69.95 plus tax.

The train will depart at 7 p.m. from the station located at 6501 N. Brown Station Road. The roundtrip ride, which travels through Centralia, takes approximately three hours.

“It’s going to be a first time and it’s going to be fun,” Rose said.

To make a reservation, call 573-474-2223.  The train can hold 224 guests.

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Ray Shapiro September 21, 2011 | 5:54 p.m.

Nice free advertisement for a new venture in Columbia which received a boost from the city and our chamber of commerce.
I hope they make lots of money so that they can finally become ADA compliant.

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