A summer crowd settles in as Sequim City Band members and director Tyler Benedict prepare to play during the opening announcement of the Fourth of July concert. (Richard Greenway/Sequim City Band)

A summer crowd settles in as Sequim City Band members and director Tyler Benedict prepare to play during the opening announcement of the Fourth of July concert. (Richard Greenway/Sequim City Band)

Sequim City Band to go back in time

Free 1980s-themed concert set for Sunday

SEQUIM — The Sequim City Band travels “Back to the ‘80s” — a celebration of film, Broadway and popular music of the decade — with a free concert at 3 p.m. Sunday.

The concert will be at the James Center for the Performing Arts, on the north end of Carrie Blake Community Park, 202 N. Blake Ave., Sequim.

The band’s fourth offering of its 2023 “Concerts at the James” summer season, the concert is held at the James Center bandshell. Attendees are encouraged to bring camp chairs, bring a snack and enjoy an afternoon concert with music that looks to “trigger memories of a time when we didn’t get the majority of our video and audio entertainment via smartphones and tablets,” organizers say.

The concert and on-site parking are free.

The concert includes a medley arranged by Paul Murtha, Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” Jon Bon Jovi’s “You Give Love a Bad Name” and Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time.” For Whitney Houston fans, Michael Brown provides a tribute with “Saving All My Love for You” and “I Wanna Dance with Somebody.” Amanda Bacon will provide the vocals for the medley, in addition to serving as the announcer with program notes for each composition.

Also on the musical menu are themes from “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and “Back to the Future,” as well as Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Broadway favorite “Phantom of the Opera,” along with familiar theme music from television hits “Mash,” “Hill Street Blues,” “Mork & Mindy” and “Dallas.”

Band members encourage music lovers to save the date for the Saturday, Sept. 9 concert, when the Sequim City Band will be partnering with KSQM 91.5 FM to provide music for Pet Lovers Day. As an added treat, the band will host the Hometown Band from Silverdale — another all-volunteer community band. Hometown Band will take the stage at 1:30 p.m., with the Sequim City Band following at 3 p.m., closing out the James Center’s summer season of live music.

Get more information about the Sequim City Band at sequimcityband.org or facebook.com/Sequim.City.Band.

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