HARTFORD — The Lewis and Clark Confluence Tower will hold Sunset Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. July 22 featuring The Dixie Dudes Dixieland Band.
Admission is $5 per person and includes unlimited trips up to the 180-foot tower’s three viewing platforms at 50, 100 and 150 feet. Visitors are encouraged to bring cameras and binoculars for viewing. Entertainment will be at the new tower amphitheater and is free to all visitors. Bring your lawn chair to enjoy the summer tunes.
In addition to watching the sunset in one of the most scenic places overlooking the rivers, there will be live music. The Dixie Dudes Dixieland Band will showcase their signature sound including “Muskrat Ramble,” “Tuxedo Junction,” “Sway” and “Oye Como Va.”
The members of this group cover several professions. The band includes two teachers, a politician, two engineers, two doctors, and a pilot. The band is a combination of professional and amateur musicians who play for fun and relaxation. They play mostly traditional Dixieland tunes such as “Muskrat Ramble,” but they have been expanding their repertoire to include rock and dance tunes to be more accommodating for events such as weddings and other party occasions. The band has a constantly expanding set list and love to add and perform new music.
The band was founded in 1985 as an extension of the Lewis & Clark Community College Concert Band of Godfrey. Their first performance was at the grand opening of the Amtrak station in Alton. The eight-person ensemble has become a popular musical act since, taking their services to many events such as restaurants, church functions, Christmas and birthday parties, Mardi Gras celebrations and more.
Visitors will be able to view the stunning summer sunset over the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. Whether you are with family, friends, a special someone or alone to enjoy the view, the tower is a perfect spot to relax after a long day. Make sure to check the times of the sunset to plan your trip accordingly.
“The view of the sunset from the top of the Tower is breathtaking,” said Don Russell, longtime tower volunteer. “It’s the greatest place to be if you want to sit back and enjoy the view unfold in front of you. Visitors can make memories they’ll never want to forget.”
The tower is open seven days a week. The hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Guided daily tours are available throughout the day. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for adults 62 and older, active military and military veterans, $4 for children 12 and younger and children 2 and younger are free. Group rates are available for 12 or more people and reservations can be made by calling the Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau at (618) 465-6676.
Summer events at the tower are sponsored by Liberty Bank.