Newcastle Days entertainment lined up
August 1, 2008
By Jim Feehan
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.”