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Photo Essay: Whose Broad Stripes And Bright Stars

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The man behind the Dexter Fireman’s 4th of July event for the last double handful of years is Dexter Volunteer Firefighter Mike Cockerline.  A brand new father and community volunteer (Cahoots and more), Mike is the calm unstoppable force that causes this event to happen.  Speaking for all of us here at EDN, it’s a real treat to get to work with Mike on this project.

There are an array of challenges when it comes to putting on an event like this: donations, permits, the bands, the vendors, security, so many details.  Did I mention the bands? Unlike experiences in previous years with less than stellar cooperation, this year went without a hitch.  All the bands sounded good, they all started on time, ended on time and, except for an unfortunate event with a set of tires and a fence pole, the music went off without a hitch. Local soundman extraordinaire Todd Waddell did forget his pop-up to cover the mixing board, but in true pro fashion, he set the board up in his truck, linked his iPad in and mixed from a lawnchair with the iPad.

Our master of ceremonies again this year was the inimitable Tim Chuey.  He not only brought us the sunshine we needed, but he brought his unique ability to make things seem very smooth.  If you see Tim, online or in real life, tell him thanks.  He deserves it.

In this segment, Billie-Jo Miller brings us three more bands:

Axis Salvation

I love showcasing new young talent and this year we had a killer new group: Axis Salvation.  A style center somewhere around Weezer meets Nirvana - they've got a new CD and a terrific sound.
I love showcasing new young talent and this year we had a killer new group: Axis Salvation. A style centered in the neighborhood of Weezer meets Nirvana – they’ve got a new CD and a terrific sound.

Steel Wool

Bearing one of the cleverest names on the bill "Steel Wool" also was a huge surprise.  Featuring B52 esq vocal harmonies, catchy "Eugene" style Americana Folk, tremendous musicianship and the clearly the most rad bass player of any group at the show. (click for more)
Bearing one of the cleverest names on the bill “Steel Wool” also was a huge surprise. Featuring B52 esq vocal harmonies, catchy “Eugene” style, heartfelt Americana/Folk, tremendous musicianship and the most rad bass player of any group at the show. (click for more)

and Dragstrip Superstar

Dragstrip Superstar features one of the areas best pair of frontmen in Shane Thornton and Derek Zane.  The Superstars mix of 80's and 90's classic tunes combined with their intense energy was an immediate hit.
Dragstrip Superstar features one of the areas best pair of frontmen in Shane Thornton and Derek Zane. Add Jeff Blazer and Scott Johansen to the Superstars mix of 80’s and 90’s classic tunes and their intense overall energy leval and you have an immediate hit.  I know the crowd sure liked them.

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