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Concert series brings music back to Marysville

May 29, 2013


May 29--Friday nights were an entirely different venue for John McBride while serving as captain of the Marysville High School football team. Now, it's about taking the stage with a guitar and getting people to dance.

"They'll be hearing '60s rock, the greatest music ever written," McBride said on Tuesday.

The McBride Brothers Band is once again kicking off the 2013 Music in the Park series, with performances running 7 p.m.-9 p.m., happening in conjunction with Marysville's Friday Night Market, which runs 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Ten different bands are scheduled to play the summer concert series, happening through Aug. 9. There is no concert on July 19 because of the Marysville Peach Festival.

"It's a rare treat for us to play in town because we're always on the road," McBride said, adding the band has another local show scheduled June 7 at River's Edge Bar 2 in Marysville, following The Jets' performance at the concert in the park.

The band is dedicated to the 1960s, McBride said -- and doesn't slide into the '70s, even when audience members request "Sweet Home Alabama."

The Northern California band covers songs by the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Dave Clark Five, the Outsiders, Johnny Rivers, Wilson Pickett and more.

"After 10, 12 songs, they're dancing away," McBride said of the audience.

Music in the Park organizer Bruce Buttacavoli is happy to see the series enter its second year, and said he is thankful for community support.

"The whole thing is sponsored by donations from local business people," Buttacavoli said. His rock band, Guilty Again, is performing at the park on June 28.

Rock in many forms -- classic, country, pop, surf and tribute -- is on the concert series schedule. Jazz musician Jay Lacy, with the Jay Lacy Trio on June 14, has performed with music legends including Elvis and Emmylou Harris. Pinkie and Blind Resistance will bring blues to the park on July 5, and Journey tribute band Journey's Edge will wrap up the series on Aug. 9.

Market manager Twalla McCarty said there will be 25-30 vendors selling food and other items. Fresh produce will include berries, cherries, apriums, onions and squash.

"The produce is staying local, we're not bringing anyone outside from Southern California or Central California," she said.

CONTACT Laura van der Meer at or 749-4771. Find her on Facebook at /ADlvandermeer or on Twitter at @ADlvandermeer.


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