By The Staff of The Chronicle
The official Chehalis Music in the Park lineup for this summer has been set.
There will be three shows scheduled for Fridays July 22, July 29 and August 5 featuring top national artists. The performances will represent a variety of genres, ensuring there will be something for everyone to enjoy, according to a press release.
The July 22 event will be themed “Country Night” and will feature Ty Herndon and Michelle Wright as headliners.
Herndon is a Grammy nominated and Dove Award winning musician. His song “What Mattered Most” reached No. 1 in 1995, earning him Music Row magazine’s Song of the Year award. The same song was the title track of her debut album, which debuted on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.
Wright is a country music artist from Canada. She has twice won the Canadian Country Music Association’s Fans’ Choice Award, in 1993 and 1995, and was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 2011.
Wright had six No. 1 hits in Canada and three of Billboard’s Top 40 Hot Country Songs, including “Take It Like a Man” which reached No. 10.
Friday, July 29 will be themed “Classic Pop and Rock Night”. The event will be opened by Randy Linder and titled by Kalimba “The Spirit of Earth, Wind and Fire”.
Linder, who serves as technical director of Music in the Park, will open with a selection of classic rock songs. He is known for his CCR tribute band which performed last year in the final show of Chehalis Music in the Park.
Kalimba “The Spirit of Earth, Wind and Fire” is a well-known Earth, Wind and Fire tribute band based in the Pacific Northwest. Since debuting in 2011, the band has evolved into a 10-piece band, performing across the country at casinos, state fairs and jazz clubs.
Former Earth, Wind and Fire guitarist Sheldon Reynolds said, “Out of 1000 other bands I’ve heard play this material, Kalimba is the first band to understand it as if it was meant to be played”.
August 5 will be presented by The Marc Broussard Band for a “Classic R&B, soul, blues and rock” theme.
Marc Broussard will complete the Chehalis Music in the Park 2022 series with his band. The son of a Louisiana Hall of Fame guitarist, Broussard grew up in the vibrant music scene of Lafayette, Louisiana. Her cover of “Cry to Me” has over 35 million views on YouTube, contributing to her over 100 million views on the website.
All three shows are family-friendly and free thanks to numerous community sponsors. There is no registration required. Customers must bring their own chairs or blankets to sit on. Each musical evening will begin around 6:30 p.m.
“Just come find a spot, sit down and enjoy some awesome music on a hot summer evening,” the statement said.
Food will be available for purchase, although attendees may also bring their own food with them. Due to events taking place in a city park, alcohol will not be permitted.
A meeting with the artists will take place after each show.