Summer music in the park

A different crowd showed up to hear Straight On in Arlington’s Music in the Park concert last Thursday. Quite a few rock-n-roll musicians were in the crowd to hear the Heart tribute band, Straight On.

  • Thursday, August 28, 2008 7:19pm
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A different crowd showed up to hear Straight On in Arlington’s Music in the Park concert last Thursday. Quite a few rock-n-roll musicians were in the crowd to hear the Heart tribute band, Straight On.

“We’re looking at getting them for StrutzFest next year,” said Mike Brandvold, a member of the band, Strutz.

Brandvold and his wife, Pat Brandvold, gathered daughters and friends to dance together to one of their favorite Northwest bands.

“We saw it in the city’s newsletter and had to come and see,” Pat Brandvold said.

The musicians in the community are pleased to have these Thursday concerts in the park.

“It’s great they have these on Thursdays, because the musicians are often booked on the weekend nights,” Pat Brandvold said. This was their first time attending Arlington’s Music in the Park.

Another friend, Chris Joss attended to see the venue where he will be playing next week with Pete Frothingham and friends.

The founder of a band called Gopher Broke, Frothingham is currently playing with his wife, Bonnie Rose, Mike Oshie on bass and guitar, and his drummer is named Shankar. Joss will add the keyboards for the concert in the park.

“Let’s just call it American roots and country music,” said Frothingham, who has lived on Burn Hill since 1978, except the six years he spent in Alaska when he met his wife.

“I’ve been playing together with Bonnie Rose ever since,” Frothingham said.

Frothingham is a contractor by day and his band plays gigs around the sound on a regular basis.

“We do Pappy’s Pizza in Everett and farmers markets sometimes,” he said.

They play a few favorite cover tunes along with Frothingham’s original music.

“I am really excited to be playing in my own hometown.”

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