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Sweet sounds of Strawberry Days

Staff Report

Strawberry Days may be Colorados oldest continuous civic festival, but it stays young with a revolving lineup of music each year to keep people dancing in the park.This year, the Jack FM main stage will feature the following performers: The Tropical Coyotes are a colorful six-piece band playing variety dance music including pop, rock, blues, R & B, calypso and reggae from 7-10 p.m. Friday. Their special island party features lots of Jimmy Buffett and other island-friendly music, along with limbo contests, conga lines and driving percussion. Stellar entertainers make up Stellar Brass, playing from noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday. By combining a brass quintet with percussion, Stellar Brass repertoire spans many styles. Musical selections include Renaissance, American folk songs and dances, Latin styles, orchestral transcriptions and Dixieland. In concert, Stellar Brass magically and instantly transforms over and over from a marching band, to a jazz band, and even to a barbershop quartet. Stellar Brass consists of two trumpets, horn, trombone, tuba and myriad percussion. The Sirens, on tap from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, have been entertaining in the valley for more than 20 years. Consisting of three female vocalists and five musicians, the ensemble covers many musical styles and eras. Classic dance rock is their trademark, and youll have trouble keeping your feet still as you enjoy their tight harmonies and energetic instrumentals. Funkiphino has found the connection between music and magic with its soulful sounds. From the glossy horn lines, old-school Hammond organ-sounds, and the pumpin booty bass to fiery vocals and slammin harmonies, this band has the freshest sound in Denver. The band plays from 4:30-7 p.m. Saturday. Colorado reggae band Lion SoulJahs will play a mix of reggae covers and original music from 7:30-10 p.m. Saturday with a fusion of conscious roots and high-energy dancehall rhythms. These musicians have worked with one another in a variety of bands including the Healers, Lion Zion, Be Positive, Reggae Posse, and the I-Gyptions. They have opened for Ziggy Marley, Toots & the Maytals, Grammy-award winner Michael Rose, and Bob Marleys original band, the Wailers. Weaving diverse musical influences together, they guarantee fresh, full-service reggae. Mack Daddy creates a driving sound with guitar and saxophone standouts. classic rock, funk, blues, and a little bit of soul, all revolving around some gospel roots. Playing a high-energy, yet authentic, style of electric blues with jazz and rock influences, the Los Angeles-based Hammer Smith Band takes the stage from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. The combined virtuosity of these musicians harmonica, guitar, bass and drums creates a fresh, explosive sound with wide-ranging appeal. Rock, pop, R&B and country all come together in a sound thats rootsy without being self-consciously anachronistic. Tamika Tylers voice blends the best of country with influences from some of the bright lights of rock n roll. Tyler has had more than 10 hits (two went to No. 1) in Australia and Europe, and her duet with country star Michael ORourke, What If I Said, won an Australian Country Music Award last year.

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