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July 6, 2010 > Summer Concerts in the Park

Summer Concerts in the Park

By Mona Shah

When Henry James wrote, "summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language," he was probably thinking of spending them relaxing on a lawn chair, listening to sweet, melodious music.

Fremont's Summer Concert Series returns with the scenic backdrop of beautiful Lake Elizabeth. Concerts take place between July 8 and August 12, and will feature a variety of musical genres and performers.

July 8:
The featured band is Zoo Station, a quartet that bills itself "The Complete U2 Experience." Singer Bonalmost leads the show, flying high with the vocal strength and confidence of Bono's "The Joshua Tree" days. The band's primary job is replication, but periodically Zoo Station innovates as much as it imitates. During their trademark full-album spotlight sets in which the band plays an entire U2 album from start to finish, Zoo Station encounters such obscurities as "Elvis Presley and America," "Promenade," "Red Hill Mining Town" and "Acrobat," songs rarely or never performed live by U2.

"Songs like these are exciting," says Bonalmost. "All we can really do is ask ourselves, 'What would U2 have done onstage?'" More familiar are melodies like "Pride (In The Name of Love)," "With or Without You," "Beautiful Day" and "Vertigo." Behind the band, a multi-media visual projection system elevates Zoo Station's performances to the highest level of virtual authenticity. Swirling abstract imagery appears behind the stage, interspersed with rapid-fire "U2-phemisms" and in-synch flashing light choreography. All are recognizable from U2 shows, and these visual effects, highlighted by Bonalmost's lively theatrics, reflect Zoo Station's deep-set love of U2's music and their commitment to fully recreating the dense emotional impact of a U2 concert.

July 15:
Mersey Beach, the supreme 60's music party band, is featured. With a terrific lineup of very talented and experienced players and singers, they take the stage and deliver the fun they are having to the audience with enthusiasm and dedication to the music they love.

July 22:
From their home base in the San Francisco Bay Area, Jukebox Heroes has appeared in a variety of venues from nightclubs and concert stages to corporate functions, festivals, and fairs. The music of Jukebox Heroes is geared to the dance floor, so bring your dancing shoes for this show.

July 29:
The dynamic ten-piece band, East Bay Mudd, has an upbeat and powerful take on Motown, R & B, Swing and contemporary classics. This band features two vocalists backed by four phenomenal horns and one of the tightest rhythm sections you'll find performing today. Couple this with a complete, state of the art, professional sound and lighting system and your guests are ready for a night of entertainment and dancing they will be talking about for many months to come.

August 5:
Lava takes the stage. The band is different from other Latin bands, able to play a variety of Latin styles, such as Cha-Cha-Cha, Latin Rock, Mambo, Latin Funk, and Salsa. Mio "Timbalero" Flores, who toured with Los Mocosos in 2004, when they were the opening act for Santana, heads lavas rhythm section. Lava has had the privilege of opening for Artists as Sapo, Malo, El Chicano, Pete Escovedo, and former lead vocalist of Tower of Power Lenny Williams.

August 12:
Too Smooth has been active in the local music scene ever since brothers Jerry and John Augustine established the band in 1985, Too Smooth is now one of the hottest Top 40, R&B, Hip-Hop, and Soul groups in the Bay Area. The group's current members consist of both professional and accomplished musicians assure the band a level of diversity and quality in the types of music it plays.

All concerts, held at the Central Park Performance Pavilion on Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., are free, and open to the public. If you would prefer not to cook or pack a picnic dinner, Chaka's MMM Barbecue Services will be selling barbecue dinners at the concerts. Each week's menu will be a MMM surprise.

Concerts are presented by Washington Hospital. A Kids' Corral, including a bounce house, arts and crafts, and a kid-friendly environment is sponsored by the Newpark Mall Dental Group. Thanks to Washington Hospital Healthcare System, Dale Hardware, Newpark Mall Dental Group, Niles Rotary, and Bay Area Jump, each concert is free and open to the public. Parking lots near the concert venue fill up by 6 p.m., so plan to arrive early if you want a good parking spot.

Summer Concerts in the Park
Thursdays, July 8 - August 12
6:30 to 8:30 pm.
Fremont Central Park Pavilion, Lake Elizabeth
40000 Paseo Padre Pkwy, Fremont
(510) 494-4327

Concert Lineup:
July 8
Zoo Station (The Complete U2 Experience)
July 15
Mersey Beach (60's Music Party Band)
July 29
East Bay Mudd (Motown, R&B and Swing)
August 5
Lava (Latin Rhythms)
August 12
Too Smooth (Premier Party Band)

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