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Some new, some familiar entertainment at the 2017 Up in Smoke BBQ Bash

Some new, some familiar entertainment at the 2017 Up in Smoke BBQ Bash

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MASON CITY — Standing Hampton will be the featured band headlining a free rock concert Friday night, July 21, for the Up In Smoke BBQ Bash in East Park.

The band captures the sound and magic from the glory days of classic rock, performing the best musical nuggets from the 1970s, ’80s and beyond, harnessing the energy and spectacle of rock at its best.

For more than 16 fifteen years, Standing Hampton has been entertaining classic rock fans across the Midwest, performing at festivals, town celebrations, casinos, special events and clubs, according to the group’s website.

In addition Standing Hampton has shared the stage with many national acts including Rick Springfield, Cheap Trick, Eddie Money, Night Ranger, Little River Band, April Wine, Head East, Firehouse and Janey Lane.

The BBQ Bash concert will start at 7 p.m. Friday on the main stage near the East Park band shell.

Entertaining is at the heart of Standing Hampton’s mission.

The members are at their best when the audience is enjoying the show, said band member Doug Dixon.

“I like to say that it’s the band and the audience that builds the show,” Dixon said. “We try to get them involved early and often, jumping down off the stage and getting them to sing along with some of the songs.”

In addition to Dixon, band members are Tony Benson, Nancy Benson, Tommy Walker, Anthony Cravero and Gabe Brown.

The group is stacked with strong vocalists, including Nancy Benson and Brown, an "American Idol" contestant, giving them the range to tackle a wide variety of songs.

“They are going to see a fun look back at the ‘70s and ‘80s classic rock,” Dixon said. “There’s six of us, and we move right along with the material.”

Friday's entertainment opens with Sheltered Reality, a choreographed drumming ensemble that uses music to tell personal stories that are appropriate for all ages. Sheltered Reality takes the stage at 5:30 p.m.

Saturday's lineup also features a newcomer and a regular to the Up in Smoke BBQ Bash.

Regional comedian and magician Mike Presby promises laughs, audience participation and live animals during his 1 p.m. show.

The entertainment concludes The Spacemen at 11 a.m. and Bolder Road at 2 p.m.

Bolder Road is a familiar North Iowa group that plays classic rock and country tunes. The group includes Bob Grant, Bill Grant, Sid Bohls, Jeff Gremmer, and Danny Grant.

Danny Grant is also one of the four 12- or 13-year-olds who comprises The Spacemen, self-proclaimed as the world's last rock band.


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