Street heat_picMADISONVILLE, Ky. (1/11/2013) – The Jefferson County Street Heat Band will hold their annual show in Madisonville on Thursday, Jan. 17 at Madisonville Community College’s Glema Mahr Center for the Arts.

The show is not open to the public but is held specifically for the county’s fourth, fifth, and sixth grade school students. Lt. Robert Carter of Madisonville Police Department (MPD) invited SurfKY News to attend the show, and reporters will be there to provide coverage of Thursday’s event.

Carter said that Street Heat has been touring to Madisonville for at least 20 years. He said that it is made up of Jefferson County’s law enforcement officers, emergency personnel, corrections officers, firefighters, and other first responders. The band travels around the state presenting shows for school students, taking familiar mainstream music and songs and changing the lyrics, substituting them with messages of hope, nonviolence, and drug-awareness.

He estimated there to be about 910 students at the first show, beginning at 9 a.m. and about 970 students at the second show that begins around 11 a.m. He enthusiastically explained that the show is powerful and moving and looks forward to being part of it again this year.

Carter gave credit to the Hopkins County community, acknowledging the local hotels, businesses, and school bus drivers that help accommodate the event, saying, “There is no way we could do something of this magnitude in Hopkins County without help of the whole community.”

Jessica Frodge
SurfKY News

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