Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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September 23, 2008

AppleFest at Liberty Park this weekend

An upbeat Indianapolis band called The Tides will lend an island feel to Batesville’s AppleFest at Liberty Park.

“We do songs from the ’60s on up, from Michael Jackson to the Hollies, but in that Caribbean, reggae way,” explains leader Michael Beck. The band’s song list is heavy on tunes by Bob Marley and Jimmy Buffett, but also includes “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “Blackbird” by the Beatles and songs by the Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry and Paul Simon, according to the Web site thetidesband. com.

The free show is sponsored by Batesville Memorial Public Library as part of its After Hours Concert Series.

The six seasoned players, together for about a year, have drawn a crowd wherever they go because “the instrumentation is just real different,” with an accordian, ukelele and other oddball instruments “that add to the visual aspect and make it fun to watch and hear.”

AppleFest is slated for Saturday, Sept. 27, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 28, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Tides will entertain Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. in the pavilion while the Batesville Jaycees serve up roast beef dinners that include mashed potatoes, green beans, bread, applesauce or cole slaw and a drink for $7, reports kitchen coordinator Stacey Cornn.

It’s a hectic weekend for the fest’s sponsor, the Kiwanis Club of Batesville. Families may want to take a quick listen to The Tides, then scurry over to the Batesville High School gym for a 7:30 p.m. magic show brought to the city by Kiwanians. Three Kentucky magicians “run somebody through a fan, cut someone in half. They are both professional and unbelievable,” reports Kiwanian Bob Fitzpatrick. Proceeds from $10 tickets benefit Riley Hospital for Children, Indianapolis, and the BHS Key Club’s community service projects.

Chairman Jay Reichmuth believes the fest’s appeal is “a nice, fun, family atmosphere and something for all ages. With the price of gas, it’s within easy driving distance for a family to enjoy a weekend out.”

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