Friday, May 29, 2009

As Madonna said: music makes the people come together...yeah

So, as you're wandering around the Festival, munching on your funnel cake or your hot dog or your sno-cone, there are lots of things to see and do. But wherever you go, you're bound to hear music blaring from one of our five stages. Fun Fourth always has a varied roster of bands, from both near and far, and this year is no exception. We got what felt like millions of suggestions and submissions (surely it was only somewhere in the thousands) this year. Below is just a preview of what you'll see and hear.

Tropic Culture, based out of Charlotte, has a sound blending pop, reggae and Latin rhythms that will definitely get you moving (I'm not kidding: I'm sitting here bouncing in my chair). They'll be on Stage 3 at 4:45pm on the 4th.

Big Bang Boom is a locally-grown band performing "kids music that rocks!" and they've become a staple of Fun Fourth. Be sure to catch them at Stage 2 from 11:30am to 12:30pm.

Coming to us from Charlotte, The New Familiars blend acoustic, folk and rock into an entertaining mix. Having seen this band do a rocking, bluegrass-tinged cover of The Who's "Baba O'Reilly" (one of my all-time favorite songs) I am eager to catch their set at the Beer Garden stage from 3:30-4:30.

I first saw The Urban Sophisticates last April when they played at Hamburger Square as part of the Greensboro Bicentennial's Heritage Festival, and I thought they were fantastic. And right now I love the internet, because I found a video clip of that performance. Be sure to make it over to Stage 3 when they play, from 2:45 to 4:15.

Peggy has already shared a little about her experiences as a member of Jamestown Pipes & Drums. They'll be performing in the parade and then at Center City Park at 11am on the 4th.

I wish I could post videos for all of the performers who are going to be at Fun Fourth this year, but that would make for one very unwieldy blog post. Instead, I'll direct you to the Fun Fourth website, which has a roster of who's performing where and when. There are links to each band's website, and we hope you'll take some time to listen to some of their songs.

Also! Be sure to join us for our Flag Day Fun fundraiser on June 14th, from 4-7pm at Hamburger Square. Admission is $5, and we'll have live music from Warren Bodle & Allen and Holy Ghost Tent Revival. Here's a clip of HGTR performing at the Heritage Festival last year.

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