(MARLETTE) -- The Marlette Country Fair Days of old has gone on hiatus and has been replaced with the brand new Marlette Dog Days of Summer Fest. These Dog Days will be reminiscent of the Country Fair Days and will occur in the same time slot, the third weekend of July. It begins on July 19 and continues through July 21.
Mr. Dave Steiler was put in charge of the pre-fireworks show featuring musical entertainment. The Dog Days committee put him in charge and then got out of his way as he and his wife Carole put everything together and came up with something called "Song Burst in the Park."
These local impresarios have lined up three stages from which the musical talent will perform. Dave commented, "The entertainers know this is a family-oriented festival and this will be the best free concert that you'll ever attend."
These stages will be in the park and spectators will bring their own lawn furniture, face the south and then beginning at 2:30 p.m. on July 20, music fans will sit back and enjoy the outstanding entertainment which includes the Hope Community Church Praise Band which will be performing from 2:30 till 4:00 p.m. This band, which Dave describes as a contemporary Christian band that plays present-day inspirational music, will be performing on stage 2.
Then on Stage 1 a folk singer/song writer by the name of Brad Goodwin will be performing. Brad has strong Marlette connections as he and his siblings attended Marlette High School. Brad is a solo artist. It will be just him and perhaps a harmonica or guitar reminding you of Bob Dylan and other folk artists as he plays songs you may know and songs he has written. Brad will perform from 4:00 p.m. till 5:00 p.m. He will also return to Stage 3 at 8:00 p.m. for a twenty-minute encore.
Then there is a classic rock band called Sucker Punch. Sucker Punch is best described as a classic rock n' roll band and will be performing on Stage 3 from 5:00 p.m. till 6:30. Sucker Punch consists of four local guys. Although their main repertoire is classic rock they also venture into other genres. They do enjoy playing music from the 80's. Two of the musicians are from Clifford including the lead singer, Chris McGarvey.
Next on this incredible line-up is the Jeff Hoagland Blues Band. If you have been to Memphis, Tennessee, and been to Beale Street, you'll know what to expect. It's authentic Delta Blues, Muddy Waters style. They will be on Stage 2 from 6:30 till 8:00 p.m.
If you like classic rhythm and blues then a group called East 81 will be on Stage 2 at 8:30 to entertain you. They will play till 10:00 p.m. Marlette's own Dave Steiler is part of this much-in-demand band and Dave and his fellow musicians play music from the songbooks of Steely Dan, the Doobie Brothers and others as they cover three generations of music. They are well known for their rendition of "Knights in White Satin."
Finally just before 10:05, or perhaps just a little later and just before the fireworks begin, Sheila G will perform the National Anthem.
Then the spectators will merely turn their seating arrangements around, face the north and enjoy the fireworks display. A new fireworks company has been contracted to put on the show.
The soundtrack to the Dog Days of Summer will be provided earlier in the day as the Hoagland Blues Band will be performing at Eddie G's Grill Out & Motorcycle Show scheduled between 12 p.m. and 3 right after the parade. The street in front of Eddie G's will actually be blocked off to accommodate the event.
There will also be music at the beer tent sponsored by the Coach House. The tent will be located next to the first green and will be available both Friday and Saturday night beginning at 6:00 p.m. and running till 2:00 a.m.
After the fireworks display Roger and Leslie Ballard, along with Ginger Younge, are providing live entertainment by coordinating the second annual Martha Janes "Walkin' after Midnight" event. This event features a paper lantern launch and proceeds will benefit the United Hospice Service.
In addition to the musical attractions there is much, much more and the list of events continues to grow. Watch for more articles and visit the Marlette Facebook page: www.facebook.com\cityofmarlette.
Pictured: East 81 will perform classic rhythm and blues covering three generations of music.