Newcastle Days entertainment lined up

August 1, 2008

By Jim Feehan

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Timeless Soul, Nathan Chance & North Coast among acts returning

A few bands that performed in this summer’s Concerts in the Park series will return for Newcastle Days.¬†

Timeless Soul, a band that features Motown favorites, and country band Nathan Chance & North Coast will be among the featured performers.

“Timeless Soul and Nathan Chance are back by popular demand,” said Jules Maas, special events producer for the city. “In fact, Nathan Chance called me and asked to perform at Newcastle Days, because they get such good feedback from Newcastle audiences.”

The city’s biggest festival is Sept. 6-7 at Lake Boren Park. The event runs from noon – 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday. A fireworks show starts at 9 p.m. Saturday night. Admission to the festival is free. The custom and classic car show will run from 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

The Cody Rentas Band kicks off the festival with its brand of rock and blues standards. The Tacoma-based band is led by Cody Rentas, a 15-year-old electric guitar prodigy, Maas said.

Other bands include LoWatt, Ian McFeron, the Fabulous Roof Shakers, Fake Lies and the Newport High School Jazz Band.

“The high school jazz band performed last year and people thought they were a professional group,” Maas said.

Other activities include pony rides, inflatable toys and a performance by Kevin Wolfe, magician and illusionist.

Wolfe, born in Bremerton, has appeared at hundreds of mall shows, as well as county, city and community fairs and festivals throughout Western Washington.

Newcastle Days would not be complete without an array of arts and crafts booths. The city’s historical society and the Newcastle Trails group will have informational booth at the event, too. Free shuttle service will be available from Newcastle Elementary School.

Zaphara’s Middle Eastern Dance Troupe, of Seattle, will bring belly dancing.

“This will be the first time we’ve had belly dancing at Newcastle Days,” Maas said. “But this will be family-friendly. No worries there.”

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6 Responses to “Newcastle Days entertainment lined up”

  1. Ron Todd on August 20th, 2008 10:53 am

    I am so proud to see that Newcastle Days has become such a successful community event. The seeds for this event were planted in 1994 by hard working volunteers primarily from the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce . We shared the vision of creating a sense of community in our newly formed city, and worked hard to make it happen. Each year the event grew larger, and live entertainment was always a key element. Eventually Newcastle Days grew too large for volunteers to manage and the city took over planning by 1998. It keeps getting better year after year, and has grown into its present day format. Amazing!

    Ron Todd
    Former Mayor, Mayor Pro-Tem, and City Council Member
    now living in Shalimar, FL

  2. Russ Waterhouse on September 2nd, 2008 10:06 am

    Will there be dash placards for the car show, just somthing to show that “I was there”.
    Russ

  3. Ed Mieske on September 3rd, 2008 7:31 pm

    With the street being closed where do we enter at.??
    We have an old car and we have been there before
    We live in Kennydale…2402 NE 24th
    It is very nice show
    Ed Mieske

  4. Kendra on September 6th, 2008 10:18 am

    Youth Theater Northwest will be performing Cinderella. They are fabulous! I’m not sure what time they will be there. I was hoping that would be in the article.

  5. Dave on September 7th, 2008 11:13 am

    I can remember before there was a Newcastle Days and in fact before Newcastle became an official city, there was “Return to Newcastle” that was an informal presentation by volunteers of the history of old Newcastle. It was in June of every year and I visited a few times. It was great!

  6. THE GRANSTER on October 6th, 2008 8:18 pm

    AS A MEMBER OF THE OPENING BAND, I MUST SAY THAT IT WAS A GREAT PLEASURE TO BE A PART OF YOUR CELLEBRATION. A BEAUTIFUL DAY. OUR BAND IS VERY BUSY AND I DON’T SEEM TO GET THE CHANCE TO THANK THE PEOPLE THAT MAKE MY GOOD TIMES GO! I HAVE MEMORIES OF YOUR AREA AS A SMALL CHILD. IN A WAY IT IS STILL SHELTERED FROM THE OUTSIDE. I CAN SPEAK FOR ALL OF US, WE WOULD LOVE TO COME BACK AND THANK YOU FROM MY HEART AND HAND. GRANT (KEYS)

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