SALEM - The Quaker City Showcase, a first-time musical event, will be presented as a live concert at the Waterworth Memorial Park from 3 to 8 p.m., Saturday.
The event, at the Orashan Memorial Civic Center, will feature four Salem-area bands and is free.
The showcase came about with the help of the Salem Community Foundation, the Salem Parks Department and J. Avenue Productions, according to Larry Kibler Jr.
Larry Kibler Jr., left, and Paul Hill are coordinating the first Quaker City Showcase Saturday at the Orashan Memorial Civic Center in Waterworth Memorial Park. The event will spotlight four Salem bands including Double Dose, Michael Miller and Rider, OhM, and A Cinema for Andrea, which will all provide more than five hours of music, from 3 to 8 p.m. The concert is free and open to people of all ages. (Salem News photo by Larry Shields)
He is coordinating the event along with Paul Hill who owns J. Avenue Productions.
The event is aimed at promoting new and established area musicians, showcasing different music styles to all age groups, while continuing to support area musicians, Kibler said.
The bands performing consist of members entirely from the Salem area, and are Double Dose, OhM, Michael Miller and the Riders and A Cinema for Andrea.
The motto "helping bring all ages of music together" is the theme for the showcase," Kibler said.
People should bring their own lawn chairs and refreshments, he said, noting they expect to provide five straight hours of music, with short change-over breaks; each band will be on stage over an hour.
Kibler has played before but won't be performing, while Hill will be on stage with Double Dose and Michael Miller and Rider while multi-tasking by providing the sound reinforcement for the showcase, and acting as master of ceremonies.
Kibler said Double Dose is an acoustic classic rock band focusing on the 1960s and mostly the 1970s. Mark Scheuring and Hill are center stage with Double Dose.
Michael Miller and Rider consists of Miller on guitar and as the lead singer while Hill backs him up. The duo plays newer rock from the 1990s through today.
Ohm is a five-member, "newer rock" band with Emily Rock as lead singer and on the keyboard, Mike Bowling plays lead guitar, Steve Myers plays the rhythm guitar, Tom Spack is the bass player and Greg Rock, Emily's husband, plays the drums.
A Cinema of Andrea, which plays 1990s and contemporary music, features Storm Haueter as the lead singer, Rocco Davanzo on guitar, Nate Eisel on bass and Ethan Peppel on drums.
Promotional assistance is provided by local businesses including Beltempo Insurance, Smith Oil, Gene's Drive Thru, Price to Sell Music, Game On, Centennial Pool, Kendrick's Corner, Cheap Tobacco, Cigarette World and Sic Rick's Tattoo.
Kibler said John Tonti of the Salem Community Foundation and Parks Director Steve Faber helped make the event possible.
Larry Shields can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org