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Bash at Bandshell to showcase local bands

August 14, 2011
By SANDY MICKELSON, Messenger staff writer , Messenger News

The bandshell makes the difference when local bands get on stage.

Bash at the Bandshell on Saturday will use the historic Karl King Bandshell at Oleson Park for the annual Fort Dodge Parks and Recreation live concert that "will provide a day and night of fun and entertainment for the Fort Dodge community," according to Ryan Maehl, department program supervisor.

"This concert brings music sounds from many genres and will give the fans a variety of beats to enjoy," Maehl said.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the gate. Children 14 and younger free. Tickets may be purchased at Parks and Recreation Department, 8th Note music store, Access Audio, Fareway, Hy-Vee and Rieman Music.

"Spectators should bring a chair, but remember, no outside food or beverages," Maehl said. "The Eagles Club No? 3369 will be selling concessions throughout the event, which include burgers, chips, pop, water and alcohol."

Maehl said keeping all bands local shows the "musical talent at an awesome venue. That's how the Bash will be as long as I can do it."

He has nothing but good to say about this year's Bash at the Bandshell lineup:

From 2 to 3:15 p.m., Steal the Van, "an energetic, talented young rock jam band, sure to get the listener off their seat."

3:30 to 5:15 p.m., Hell or High Water, "a successful veteran rock band playing everything from funk to outlaw country, sure to interact with the audience at every turn."

5:45 to 7:30 p.m., Vinyl, "a rock band with the tightest of rhythm selections along with screaming guitars and huge vocals from lead singer Shelly Erickson."

8 to 10 p.m., Planet Rock, "an energetic rock band playing the largest of varieties of music from crowd favorites to ultra deep cuts. Sure to engage every listener."

Maehl said, "Helping make this a successful project are Three Eagles Communication and Lizard Creek Blues Society, without whom (the Bash) would not be possible."

Contact Sandy Mickelson at (515) 573-2141 or



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