As I'm sure most of you know, I've only lived in the Sedalia area for a little over a month. I'm having an absolute blast getting to know the area and trying new things. One thing I've been trying to do more is get to know the local music scene a little, and on Saturday night (Sept. 14) I finally got to see local group Dirt Road Addiction play live at Mergen's Barn in Green Ridge.

Now I love all the venues I've been to so far in Missouri, but Mergen's Party Barn is something kind of different. Out in green Ridge, Billy Mergen has built a really nice, incredibly cool barn on his farm that he uses to throw great parties. It's a really nice, clean interior with a huge dance floor, plenty of seats and tables and a great vibe. I especially thought all the lights were a nice touch.

The party was amazing. I don't have an official number, but I'd guess at least 250 people were there, probably more. Everyone was really cool. I saw a ton of people I know and made some new friends too, and even got to meet the "Party Pig." Yes, it was an actual baby piglet. He loves to party, apparently.

One reason I think the party was so great was because of the band, Dirt Road Addiction. The set up was really cool, the stage at Mergen's is really nice, and D.R.A. had a huge banner behind them that looked awesome, and they sounded good too! They play a really nice mix of current country hits with a well known classics thrown in, and just a touch of rock n' roll. The thing that really stood out to me about them is just how professional sounding every member of the band was. They really know their instruments. The lead guitarist was one of the best I've ever seen in person, and he's only 14-years-old! Trust me when I say that I know live bands, I used to go to a lot of small shows in my old hometown, so it's good to know there's some great local music here too as well.

If you ever get a chance to to see Dirt Road Addiction or go to Mergen's Party Barn, you need to do it as soon as possible. It is a TON of fun. Check out the pictures below!

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