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Bands on the Banks celebrates local music with riverside performance in downtown Fort Wayne

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WHAT: Bands on the Banks

WHERE: Fort Wayne Outfitters and Bike Depot, 1004 Cass. St.

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9

COST: $7 per person. Tickets can be purchased at Fort Wayne Outfitters and Bike Depot or at the door.

INFORMATION: For more information visit the Facebok page atwww.facebook.com/BandsOnTheBanks. To learn more about J. Tubbs, check out his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/J-Tubbs/105311332853177 or website at www.iamjtubbs.com.

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In its second year, Bands on the Banks is bringing local music to downtown Fort Wayne on Saturday evening, and this year the event is bigger and better.

Bands on the Banks will be held outside Fort Wayne Outfitters and Bike Depot, 1004 Cass St., alongside the St. Marys River.

Eden Lamb, store manager at Fort Wayne Outfitters and Bike Depot, and Ethan William Bowers, organizer and one of the musicians performing, came up with the idea last year as a way to celebrate local music.

Since then, the concert has turned into a catalyst for bringing underground music to the mainstream.

From indie rock to reggae and grunge to folk, concert-goers will experience all sorts of sounds and styles.

The lineup is Big Money and the Spare Change, Miles High, Ethan William Bowers Combo, Thunderhawk, and Elements of Cosmos.

The bands will play on the bank of the river, which provides a scenic view of the downtown Fort Wayne skyline. People can watch from the Wells Street Bridge, from a spot on the hill near Outfitters, or even on a kayak or pontoon directly on the river.

“This is a good opportunity for us to share the passion about our rivers,” Lamb said. “Last year, we recorded about 15 people on the water and a few pontoons pulled up to enjoy the music, too. That’s the cool thing about the area and the way the stage is placed.”

J. Tubbs, a Fort Wayne hip-hop artist performing at the concert and the emcee, said the show is something that helps bring the underground music to the forefront. For Tubbs, it’s important for him to share his message, as unconventional as it may be.

“My music is more of a pop and hip-hop mix. I can go with the flow. I have a lot of lyrical content where I talk about things that’s not (necessarily) talked about much in the hop-hop community. I talk about life and the importance of different values. I am performing with the Ethan William Bowers Combo, and we touch base a lot. We actually created a mash-up, which was almost like a Jay-Z and Linkin Park type of album, and what’s a taste of what our set will be. It brings all the energy,” he said.

For Tubbs, performing with a live band is something special.

“For me as a hip-hop artist, we are driven off the energy,” he said, “and working with a group like the Ethan William Bowers Combo the live instrumentation just brings everything to life. You can actually feel the pulse when hearing it.”

Last year, more than 60 cyclists took advantage of the Fort Wayne Trails bike valet at the event, and Lamb is sure that number is going up this year.

People are encourage to bring their own chairs, blankets, hammocks, kayaks, canoes or any other item they choose to sit on while enjoying the music. Outfitters will rent canoes and kayaks to watch on the water.

There will also be food sold from local food trucks as well as adult beverages in the Banks Beer Garden thanks to Don Hall’s, Mad Anthonys and Two-EEs Winery.

“It’s a local event, and we took a lot of time to pick our sponsors,” Lamb said. “To us, we wanted all local sponsors who care about the downtown area and really want to get involved. Summit City Electric is one sponsor, and a neat fact about them is that their owners have been out and on the water here in Fort Wayne for more than 30 years.

“That’s what we are looking for to promote this event; everything is local and we want people to appreciate Fort Wayne and what it has to offer.”

jgoldsborough@news-sentinel.com


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