Top of the Morning, Aug. 30, 2018

Top of the Morning, Aug. 30, 2018

ON SEPT. 7

TONY LINDSEY is an accomplished singer who has performed at all sorts of venues. But never an interstate rest stop.

"It's going to be something different, that's for sure," said the 26-year-old from Fisher.

Lindsey will sing the national and state anthems as part of an upcoming dedication ceremony for a new Blue Star Memorial Highway Marker at the Illini Prairie Rest Area on Interstate 57 south of Champaign. The Sept. 7 event — open to the public — is a tribute to U.S. armed forces and put on by Garden Clubs of Illinois.

Lindsey, who sings country, blues and rock and has his sights set on a career in Nashville, Tenn., happily accepted the Blue Star offer — even if it means having to sing over highway traffic.

"I feel honored to do it," the 2010 Fisher High grad said. "I'm definitely for the military."

ON FRIDAY

Back in the day, members of the Marching Illini would pop in and perform at area watering holes on Friday nights before home football games.

At 10:30 p.m. Friday, the drumline will play in front of Alma Mater as part of the UI's gameday enhancement push. Director BARRY HOUSER — who considers the opportunity and location "awesome" — said Saturday's kickoff time (11 a.m.) should prevent his students from roaming Green Street afterward.

"We are in the stadium in full uniform starting at 7 a.m.," he said.