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Barefoot Bay band brings nostalgia back
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Posted: 2013 Feb 08 - 06:52

By Jessica Tuggle


SEBASTIAN -- Sebastian's Riverview Park will be musically transported backward in time with musical trio singing the oldies.

"Remember When" will be the featured artist at the free concert in the park from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 15. The Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce, the city of Sebastian and several local businesses sponsor the free, family-friendly event held in the city park.

Donny "Donny Mac" Merkle, lead vocalist for "Remember When," moved to Barefoot Bay in 2000 from New York and brought his love of oldies music down south with him.

He will be joined onstage by vocalists Debbie Politano and Jeannine Milligan, and their flashy, but silent partners will be parked on the ground level in front of the stage -- vintage automobiles.

"We just love the oldies," Mr. Merkle said.

"We'll park those cars in front of the stage and we'll just reminisce onstage. We invited the public to bring their blankets and chairs and enjoy it," he said.

"And if people want to have some submarine-race watching, they can. Nobody over 65 will know what that is," he added, chuckling.

"Remember When" will cover music by Elvis Presley, Tom Jones, Patsy Cline, The Chantels and more.

Last year, the group performed at Riverview Park to close to 2,000 people and had a blast, he said.

"People do get up and dance. They do the twist, and a little lindy hop. They have a good time," Mr. Merkle said.

"Remember When" is the second concert in the outdoor free concert series from the Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce. "Good Gravy," a dance-rock cover band, will perform with live instrumentals on March 8.

For more information about the concert series or other events sponsored by the Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce, visit www.sebastianchamber.com.

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