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The Swaggering Rogues Take The Stage at Parkapalooza

D Street Music Foundation Parkapalooza A Hit

Wenonah Park Fills With Families and Fun

June 21, 2015       Leave a Comment
By: Diane Szczepanski

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Dennis Beson, Parkapalooza event organizer and President of Dstreet Music Foundation succinctly summed it up for the crowd, "We are about music!".

The first time family friendly event, Parkapalooza was held Saturday, June 20, 2015 in Downtown Bay City at the Wenonah Park Friendship Shell. This free event featured music from, Loose Change, Swaggering Rogues, Chad Sibley and Chris Shannon,The Hit Men, Lauren Jones, The Josh Ramses Band, Mandi Layne and the Lost Highway, Elements of Funk and Faultr.

Dennis also thanked sponsors, Catholic Federal Credit Union, The Bay City Mall, Miller Insurance group, Home Depot, Labadie Auto Company, C & L Ward Brothers, Computers To Go/Virtual Craftsman, saying, "We can't do it without our sponsors!"

In addition to live music all day, there were a variety of activities for the kids, food, silent auctions and fun.

He added, "We had a great time in Bay City, a great turn out. At last count with adults and kids flowing through the park all day, we had an estimated number of over 1300 people for the first year event in Bay City. Next stop is September 13th at Sanford Lake Park for Parkapalooza Sanford."

Dstreet Music Foundation is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization with three main principles:

Improve the general quality of life in a community by providing low or no cost concerts.
Provide musical instruments to children from economically challenged families through our Bandwagon Program.
Assist music minded individuals with financial scholarships for attending college, trade school, or fine arts academies.

For more information about the foundation find them on Facebook or visit their website at:

www.dstreet.org


Dennis Beson of D Street Music Foundation welcomes the crowd to Parkapalooza
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Main sponsor Catholic Federal Credit Union. From left, Sue Hale,Tiffany Blossey and Beth McKenna
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Beautiful day on Bay City's riverfront
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Matt Brown, left and Neftali (David) Velez of Virtual Craftsman
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Labadie Auto Company stepped up as one of the event sponsors
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Wading pool fun!
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Chad Sibley (Left), 8th Ward Commissioner and Mayor Christopher Shannon play an acoustic set
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Concession stand volunteers, Chris Thurman, left and Laura Willard, right
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Bay City's beautiful Wenonah Park
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The Hit Men played a mix of soul, Motown and funk
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Dancing to the music
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Can Council booth-Seated, Kathy Armstrong, left and Samantha Kuebler, right.
Standing, Catherine Martinez, right and Julie Anderson, left

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Jaxen, age 7 and Rhemy, age 4, strike a pose in front of the fountain
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BBQ anyone?
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Grabbing a tasty snack from Pop-Pop's Gourmet Treats
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A river view
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Volunteers, Brenda and Brian Scramlin
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Human foosball provided by Big Brothers & Big Sisters of the Great Lakes Bay Region
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Dow Bay Area Family Y inflatable pirate ship
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April Douglas, left and Linda Jones, right of Big Brothers & Big Sisters of the Great Lakes Bay Region
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Hell's Half Mile Film & Music Festival booth
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Bay City Mall passes out bags for guests
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The Reno family enjoys a day in the park
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The pirate ship awaits children looking for an adventure in fun!
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Courtney Spencer and Emma, age 3 have fun at The Home Depot Free Kids Workshop tent.
"What a cool thing down here. I'm loving this!" said Courtney

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The Home Depot tent also offered face and body painting
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Sponsor, C & L Ward Brothers
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Business-woman by day, confessed boot addict by night and 'wanna-be' writer, music lover and proud Mom of an awesome guitar playing, teen son.

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