Earthbound and their little fans.
The final Music in the Park performers of 2019 were local band, Earthbound and they ended this musical series with a bang. For the last night. it was nice to hear a band with a horn section. Dancing started with the first song and didn’t end until the encore was complete.
As usual, Earthbound’s high energy performance, was led by vocalist Kira Haug, who moves all over the stage, spreading joy and sometimes laughter. At some point she joins the horn section, with a mischievous smile and pretends she is playing the trombone.
Kira Haug, vocals and high energy
That talented horn section consists of the How Brothers, Kevin on trombone and Graham on trumpet and Evan Wilds joins them with his sax on some numbers.
Graham How trumpet. Kevin How trombone
Speaking of Wilds, he sings, he raps, plays keyboards, guitar and saxophone and occasionaly joins Haug in dancing around the stage.
Evan Wilds, keyboard, saxophone, guitar, vocals
Amid the mayhem, Jon Treichel handles the lead guitar duties with skill and poise and provides background vocals as needed. Jon was on of the busiest performers at Music in the Park this year and that is evidence as to his talent.
Jon Treichel, guitar and vocals with Dave Bouwman
Peter Mehrfert and Dave Bouwman hold down the bass and drum chairs respectively. This is not an easy task, with all the changes in tempo and genres. You just might get R&B, hip hop, blues, funk, ska, reggae,various forms of jazz and great pop covers. They did a great job providing the backbeat to this menu of genres
Peter Mehrfert electric bass
Dave Bouwman drums
The evening contained many highlights. R&B favourites were “Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours” by Stevie Wonder and “Pay the Cost to Be the Boss” by James Brown. Rock tunes that kept the fans dancing were Chicago’s monster hit “25 or 6 to 4” and Dave Mason’s “Feeling Alright,” popularized by Joe Cocker. They seamlessly moved to more modern times with “Cosmic Girl” by Jamiroquai, “The Seed” by The Roots and “Jailer” by Asa. Earthbound’s own compositions held their own amid these great tunes and the dancing continued to “Invisible,” “Letting Go,” and the encore “Open Up Your Arms.”
It got dark, the lights dimmed and the sound quieted. It was all over, Earthbound was a wonderful end to another great summer of Music in the Park.
The show that is Music in the Park seems to get better every year. Thousands of people came out to see Music in the Park this year. Here’s to you for coming out. Without you the whole exercise would be pointless. So, from “Raino” by the band Chilliwack: “if there’s no audience, there just ain’t no show.” See you next year.