Fayette Music Fest coming up 08.18.2010

Written by David Green.

Music, food and fun is all on tap Saturday in Fayette at the third annual Music Fest scheduled from 4 p.m. to midnight.

The Lazy River Band is scheduled for a four-hour show beginning at 8 p.m. The group plays a variety of music—classic rock, country and contemporary—that will offer something for all ages.

Band members are from Adrian, Blissfield, Petersburg and Monroe, and the group has performed throughout the northwest Ohio/southeast Michigan area.

Following a cancelation by another singer, the Northern Lights band will fill the 5 to 7 p.m. slot to open the festival.

Lead singer Jimmy Holbrook of Bryan describes his band’s sound as art rock.

“It’s really a combination of blues, rock, soul and gospel influences that’s blended together to create what we call our own sound.”

The band plays some original material and also offers renditions of classics, but don’t expect them to sound like the originals. A fast-paced country tune might be slowed down to bluesy style, for example.

“We don’t want to sound like the people we’ve borrowed the music from,” Holbrook said. “We try to keep it as creative as possible.”

Joining Holbrook on the stage is Joolz Routen on electric guitar and Todd Beevers on drums. Holbrook plays acoustic guitar and harmonica.

The Music Fest is scheduled inside the fence at the running track off Eagle Street.

A hog roast is planned, along with a beer tent and fresh-squeezed lemonade.

The Music Fest is sponsored by the Fayette Parks and Recreation Board and proceeds benefit park activities.

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  • Front.teacher Leading
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