Strawberry Days announces headlining act
The hits keep coming.
For the second consecutive year, Strawberry Days has announced a hit-making rock act to headline the festival. The Freddy Jones Band, best known for its ’90s hits “In A Daydream” and “Take the Time,” will perform during the June event.
The 120th annual Strawberry Days is scheduled for June 16-18. The festival started in 1898 with a picnic to celebrate the strawberry harvest. Now, in addition to live music, the weekend includes a parade, arts and crafts, a family area, Miss Strawberry Days and more.
John Popper of Blues Traveler and Brothers Keeper headlined the 2016 event, which is held in Sayre Park.
Colorado has been a frequent stop for the Freddy Jones Band, said lead singer Marty Lloyd. The band often schedules shows in the spring ski season and summer.
“Colorado’s so great with music and there are so many music lovers there, the challenge was not to play too much,” he said. “I think our most memorable times through there have always been summertime outdoor festivals. There’s something about playing music outside there that’s pretty inspiring for us.”
The band saw national success with its string of albums in the ’90s, and would see songs remain popular regionally for some time. Lloyd said the group would play shows in those areas to capitalize on interest.
The music industry has changed significantly since those days, and Lloyd takes a positive view.
“There are way more outlets to get your music heard now than there used to be,” he said.
Freddy Jones Band’s latest album is “Never Change,” which it released in 2015. The group recorded with studio musicians and producer/engineer Justin Niebank (Taylor Swift, Sheryl Crow, Kid Rock) at Castle Recording Studio in Franklin, Tennessee. Lloyd said it’s the band’s best album yet.
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