Monmouth's music lineup set

MONMOUTH -- The schedule is set. All that's left to do is show up and have a good time.This year's Monmouth Music in the Park series features an eclectic mix of music ranging from alternative folk-rock to zydeco -- choices quite literally spanning A to Z.Some familiar faces will make their return to the series slated every Wednesday evening from July 10 through Aug. 28. Other acts might be new to the series but not to the Monmouth-Independence area.Community Development Director Mark Fancey wanted to give fans some recognizable acts as well as plenty of new ones to fall in love with.Many fans will surely recognize Portland-based reggae act Everyday Prophets. The band has been a staple in the Pacific Northwest scene for more than a decade."Everyday Prophets are real popular here, this will be about the fourth time they've been to town," Fancey said. "We mixed in some new bands. We've got a Celtic band, The Sons of Malarkey. There's a big following here for people who like Celtic-folk."The Portland-based alternative folk-rock act The Builders and the Butchers has been gaining steam in the last few years, touring Europe and extensively covering the Pacific Northwest and West Coast. The group will make its second appearance in Monmouth on Aug. 7.The Ben Rice Band will open the series on July 10. The band will have fans dancing all night to its high-energy, vintage blues.Fancey brought the fun and regionally distinct zydeco style back for a second year, this time with New Iberians."It's a new band for us. Zydeco is a real exciting kind of music ... Louisiana-based, Cajun-based music," Fancey said. "It's an awful lot of fun."Fancey gathered bands that will appeal to the diverse tastes of Monmouth residents.Main Street Pub will provide a beer and wine garden that will open shortly before the music starts each night."This is really the Monmouth Business Association that puts this on, the city contributes as a sponsor," Fancey said. "This has been a great way for the business community to give back to the rest of the community by sponsoring these events." Twist and Shout What: Monmouth Music in the Park series. Where: Main Street Park. When: July 10, Ben Rice Band; July 17, Everyday Prophets; July 24, Midnight Serenaders; July 31, New Iberians; Aug. 7, The Builders and the Butchers; Aug. 14, Sons of Malarkey; Aug. 21, Jacob Merlin Band; Aug. 28, The Boomers. All shows at 6:30 p.m. For more information: Mark Fancey, 503-751-0147;


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