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Music in the park: Dance, groove and jam at Carnation Fourth concerts

Redline brings their classic rock sounds to Tolt-MacDonald Park on Friday, part of a full Carnation Fourth of July lineup. - Courtesy photo
Redline brings their classic rock sounds to Tolt-MacDonald Park on Friday, part of a full Carnation Fourth of July lineup.
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Are you ready to rock this Fourth of July?

Carnation-based Redwing Blackbirds play rock sounds in the mode of Led Zeppelin, White Denim, Grizzly Bear, My Goodness and Queens of the Stone Age. They start the show at 2 p.m. at Tolt-MacDonald Park.

The band is made up of Deacon Raleigh David Wilson on vocals and guitar, Paul Ehlen on bass and keyboards, and Karl Snyder on the drums.

“We are a tube-driven power trio from the Sno-Valley, inspired by the thunder, wind, the rivers, and torrential downpours that shape our auditory environment,” explains the band’s website.

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Jeff Zuber

Jeff Zuber plays at 4 p.m. at Tolt-MacDonald Park. Zuber is a singer and song writer who will be playing a combination of familiar tunes and original pieces.

Recognizable music might include songs by James Taylor and Jimmy Buffet.

Zuber wrote one piece, Blown Up on the Fourth of July, specifically for the Carnation celebration.

The song is about an older fellow who takes his lawn chair down to main street to watch the parade. When his wife finds out that he has been looking at the pretty girls she lays into him and blows up on the Fourth of July.

“It a comedy song about a guy who is enjoying the Fourth of July too much,” Zuber said.

Zuber has been playing music for more than 30 years and has performed at the Carnation Fourth the last three years. Whenever Zuber performs he tries to engage his audience.

“I have lots of good stories to go with the songs,” said Zuber. “I really enjoy the crowd and try to be very interactive.

XD 7

The brass-powered XD 7, playing at 5 p.m. at the park, is made up of Jon Hatamiya on trombone, Patrick Bartley on alto/soprano saxophone, Xavier Del Castillo on tenor saxophone, Gabe Schneider on guitar, Kevin Bernstein on piano and keyboards,  Max Calkin on bass and John Spencer on drums.

The group met at Manhattan School of Music as jazz performance majors, “but jazz is not what defines XD 7,” explains Hatamiya on the band’s webpage. “Each member of the band comes from a different musical and cultural background, and brings his own unique sound and personality to the music. What I love about this band is that we each embrace each other’s perspectives, and the music feeds off of this collaborative energy.

“XD 7 strongly embraces the concept that music is universal, so no matter what “genre” one of our tunes might be in, the sound is still uniquely XD 7,” writes Hatamiya.

Jack Ballard Band

The Jack Ballard Band will be playing at 6 p.m. June 4, at the Tolt-MacDonald Park. Their music will be heavy on the rock and blues with a little mix of pop, country, folk and original pieces. Their repertory will include Highway 61, Brown Eyed Girl, Moon Dance and Get Together.

Jack Ballard, who leads the band, has written and performed folk, rock, blues and country songs professionally since 1967.

Ballard was classically trained as a cellist. He joined his first cover band as a vocalist and guitar player at 17. His older brother knew of a band needing a vocalists and recommended Ballard. Ballard got his start with Gary Gill playing at the Olympic Hotel in downtown Seattle.

The Jack Ballard band is composed of six members. Ballard plays lead guitar, blues harp and vocals. Gill plays rhythm and slide guitar, Lester Gray plays bass guitar, Tim Wong plays rhythm guitar. Ed Masters is on keyboard and Aaron Dowell plays drums.

“We’re a high energy, musically talented group with a diverse mix of instrumentation and music,” said Ballard. “It sounds great.”

Late Boomers and Redline

At 7 p.m., the Late Boomers perform their soft rock, country and Latin jazz sound.

At 8 p.m., Redline plays. Formed in 1985 from members of many classic Northwest bands such as the Kingsmen, Taxi and Nitemates, Redline is a popular event band that performs rock and roll classics, from the Beatles and the Stones to Dire Straits, Sting and Percy Sledge.

The lineup includes Mike McElhoe on vocals, guitar and keyboards; Marc Gross on vocals and bass; Chris Gross on vocals and guitar; and Kevin Haley on drums and vocals. They performed at the Carnation Fourth of July three years ago.

McElhoe has deep roots in Carnation; his great grandparents were Sno Valley pioneers, his grandparents were Carnation dairy farmers, and he spent many summers on the farm and attended Carnation Elementary for a short time

At 10 p.m., the Cedarcrest High School women’s choir, Camerata, will perform the national anthem.

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