July 03--Robert Reynolds, who plays multiple instruments for multigenre, Grammy Award-winning band the Mavericks, said the band is going to put the "celebration" in the city's Fourth of July celebration today at Festival Park.
The band will be the featured entertainment and headlining act of a free concert that will take place at the downtown concert venue, which will host Fourth of July events beginning at 4:30 p.m.
"This will be a special day being Fourth of July, but I really feel like we bring the party," Reynolds said. "It's a live atmosphere and a great time."
As part of the Red, White and You celebration thrown by the city, Destination America and USA Weekend magazine, the event also will feature performances by the 82nd Airborne Chorus and local performers, a children's area in Linear Park, vendors and a fireworks display to end the evening. Adam Gertler, host of Destination America's "Last Call Food Brawl," will be the emcee for the festivities.
Fayetteville was one of two cities selected to receive a spectacular celebration in the Red, White and You competition held by Destination American and USA Weekend. Union Beach, N.J., is the other city, which also hosted a performance by the Mavericks on Wednesday.
Fayetteville's fireworks show, as well as one at J.P. Riddle Stadium today, came after Fort Bragg officials canceled its annual show because of budget constraints.
The Mavericks have won several awards for their genre-bending country music. Their highest-charting single in the United States was in 1996 with "All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down," with accordionist Flaco Jimenez. The 1998 single "Dance the Night Away" did well on the charts in the United Kingdom. The band split up in 2004, with several of the singers pursuing solo careers. In 2012, they reunited, and their reunion album, "In Time," was released in February by Big Machine Records.
Reynolds spoke with Observer during a break in touring in Connecticut about the concert, his band's breakup and resurrection, and why the band's latest album may be its best.
Observer: What can people expect when the Mavericks come to town?
Reynolds: The nice thing about this band and being in the start of this 24 years ago, we have music that connects with the nature of pop music. But the band is really a live band, a party band if you will. We have great confidence when we do something.
Observer: What's it like to celebrate Fourth of July on the road?
Reynolds: The outdoor concert and festival experience is always great. It's a shared experience of enjoying music, but it's only going to add to things that we'll be doing this on Fourth of July and will celebrate these incredible people who serve our country.
Observer: Do you have any Fourth of July traditions?
Reynolds: Being a south Florida family, the Reynolds family would often go to the beach. It was about sharing the water and the beach. There are images from those times and those celebrations that have stuck with me from childhood.
Observer: The Mavericks had a pretty relentless touring schedule during the 1990s, which contributed to the band's breakup in 2003. What's it like to be back after some time away?
Reynolds: You definitely come back and hope you can handpick what you want to do and what you want to leave behind -- what to carry on from younger days and what not to. I noticed when we got on the bus for the first time that we were all excited to be there. The time away was great to reinforce how much we love being in this band. We don't worry about trying to trim years off our bodies and bio. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were a lesson in how to do this in a graceful way -- to age and maintain the music. He hasn't outlived his relevance.
Observer: You worked at a digital company after the band broke up in 2003. What kind of work did you do?
Reynolds: It was a digital music company and applied some social aspects of music. It fit me very naturally and allowed me to exercise that part of my brain and be myself. They embraced who I was and I got to be the face, but also contributed to creative meetings. I could get us into offices. I had some credibility that helped us get things done. In some ways it was really a great consulting position. Now, when my band is looking at getting involved in social media, I can help lead the charge.
Observer: What can you tell fans about the band's latest album, "In Time," and what it means to have released it after getting the band back together?
Reynolds: We didn't want to do something if it wouldn't be fun or purposeful. So, when we began talking, the founding members had a real joy about putting this together. In the studio, it felt freeing -- we weren't being hammered by a corporate agenda. We were given the chance to make the album we wanted to. There's a real performance and expression that was captured in making that album. We're making music we love, and it might be the best work we've ever done.
Observer: What's next for the Mavericks?
Reynolds: This album won't be measured by traditional means of success. We're going to get it right by touring it and honoring it. When we feel like we have more music to record -- and that's starting to happen -- we'll go back in and make a follow-up. We've already got some TV projects lined up and other things coming along. We're just happy to be back and spending time with our music, each other and our fans.
Staff writer Brian Dukes can be reached at email@example.com or 486-3523.
FESTIVAL PARK SCHEDULE
Here is a look at the Fayetteville celebration at Festival Park:
4:30 p.m. Festival Park opens
5 p.m. Huske Hardware House artists: Summer Collins, Chris Hurst, Autumn Nicholas and Nathan Fair
6:55 p.m. Posting of colors
7 p.m. National anthem
7:05 p.m. 82nd Airborne Division Chorus
7:35 p.m. Welcoming remarks
8 p.m. The Mavericks
9:15 p.m. Fireworks
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