ARLINGTON — The city of Arlington Parks and Recreation Department presents Arlington's Music in the Park the first four Thursday evenings in August at Terrace Park starting at 6:30 p.m., and a final concert at the Farmers Market at Legion Park on Saturday, Aug. 31 at 1:30 p.m. This is a great opportunity to hear excellent bands for free.
The free concert on Aug. 1 features a popular Skagit band which entertains with what they describe as "Honkahillarockabilly." If you like Haggard, Cash and Hank, you will love Knut Bell and the Blue Collars. For more information about Knut Bell and the Blue Collars, go to http://knutbell.com/howdy.
Darrel Mansfield, a Blues Hall of Fame Artist, is coming to Arlington on Aug. 8. Mansfield has released many critically acclaimed albums and has contributed vocals to artists' recordings including Jon Bon Jovi and Eddie Van Halen, and has played alongside Richie Sambora, Billy Idol and Ted Nugent. His soulful voice and harmonica have amazed and inspired audiences for over 30 years. For more information about Mansfield, go to www.darrellmansfield.com. This concert is sponsored by Calvary Arlington.
Get ready to rock with The Ride on Aug. 15. This local band features rock from the '70s through the '90s. For more information about The Ride, go to www.facebook.com/theriderockband.
Arlington's Blues Playground will perform on Aug. 22. Blues Playground plays "North Sound" blues. That's a combination of Chicago and Texas blues with a dash of funk and soul topped off with some British blues. Whether they're playing their own songs, or standards that you love, you will not be able to hold still.
Solo artist Ali Marcus will perform at the Arlington Farmers Market downtown on Saturday, Aug. 31, 1:30-3 p.m. Around Seattle, Marcus is known for her solo performances, which tend to be high energy and full of some serious harmonica playing. She has a beautiful Americana/Country/Roots sound and has been touring nationally for six years and has released seven albums which have received national attention. For more information about Marcus, go to http://www.alimarcus.com.
DJ's Barbeque wagon will be on site at Terrace Park (809 E. Fifth Street) serving up dinner. Bring your lawn chair and blankets to settle in for a fun evening in this natural amphitheater. Funding for the concerts is provided by the Arlington Hotel Motel Tax grant.
For additional information, please call city of Arlington Recreation Department at 360-403-3448 or check their website at www.arlingtonwa.gov.