-- Kids' games, face painting, arts and crafts from
-- Live music:
-- Citizenship ceremony with speaker
-- Beer garden from
-- Fireworks at
The Cold Hard Cash Show, a
That's a whole lot of local talent, and it's a nice variety, too. That's what local promoter
"It was really about just trying to touch on all the genres," he said. "It's going to be indie pop, a soul-jazz band, a country band, a rock band and a blues band."
Perhaps the most dynamic performers in the bunch are Shoot Jake, featuring husband-and-wife duo
"We ended up playing music together and started dating around the same time,"
Within six months, they'd officially formed Shoot Jake. They've been through a few bass players since then -- as well as a wedding -- and they've gotten a bit bigger and better every year. Johnson attributes some of that improvement to the addition of Hunter, who not only plays tight rhythm bass but has begun collaborating in the songwriting. And some of it is just a matter of the band gaining experience and comfort on stage.
These days, Ben, who sings and plays guitar, has a bit more on-stage swagger. He struts and stomps while Lindsay pounds out rhythm. It's sort of a rock 'n' roll presentation of a blues sound.
Johnson picked up the sound as a teenager in
"Pre-Internet, there was nothing to do but hang around and play guitar," he said. "And if you hand me a guitar, that's what I'm going to play: the blues. That's what comes natural."
The set Shoot Jake plays at the
"It's nice to get out in front of different people," he said. "The point we're at now, when we're playing, it's always a pretty good product.
Orlando, who has booked shows at several local venues and played a role in diversifying the music offerings at The Seasons Performance Hall, concurred with that assessment.
"Shoot Jake has developed a name for themselves locally, regionally and statewide," he said.
"They're a new act that has really kind of hit it locally," Orlando said. "They're the new local band that's where Not Amy or Shoot Jake were a couple of years ago."
Powerline has been around for a couple of years and is known for solid, consistently crowd-pleasing shows.
"They're just a great all-ages act that kills it on stage every time," Orlando said.
Altogether, the lineup represents the sort of entertainment mix that
"It's a pretty cool slate," Cawley said. "You're going to get some country, some rock. We try to cover all of the genres to some extent."
And, best of all, the whole thing is still free, he said. In addition to the music, there will be games and activities for kids starting at noon. (There will be a beer garden for grown-ups.) And in keeping with the patriotic theme of the event, there will be a citizenship ceremony for 200 new U.S. citizens.
And there will, of course, be the biggest fireworks display in the
"There really will be something for everyone," Cawley said.
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