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Mark Sala, Sweet J Band perform for final Concert in the Park of 2013

A newstory about the last Concert in the Park event in Lamar Park, Wyoming
Mark Sala band leader gets stage ready for concert.

Mark Sala band leader gets stage ready for concert. /Allen Wegener

Band group is Sam Parks of G.R. Mark Sala of G.R. Roy Wallace of Lowell and Matt Kok of G.R.

Band group is Sam Parks of G.R. Mark Sala of G.R. Roy Wallace of Lowell and Matt Kok of G.R. /Allen Wegener

Plenty of Popcorn to serve by June Keane and May Phillips, volunteers from Wyoming.

Plenty of Popcorn to serve by June Keane and May Phillips, volunteers from Wyoming. /Allen Wegener

The weather appeared to be threatening the last summer Concert in the Park at Lamar Park. However, their was plenty of sunshine in time for the concert on August 6.

There were plenty of activities for both the young and old to enjoy. There were about 50 vintage cars set up in one lot of the park. There were bouncy houses for children, dunk tanks for the those who had courage to try it and plenty of food.

"We are expecting between 800 to 1,000 people to attend tonight's concert," says Brandon Simmons, Chairman of the Community Enrichment Center, organization responsible for putting on the Concert in the Park series. "We obtained this music group tonight through other band connections that know them."

Concert goers were arriving as early as 5:30 p.m.

"We will be performing Classic Rock and Blues tonight," says Mark Sala lead guitar player and singer. "I've been performing with the group now for six years. I taught myself how to play the guitar and write my own music."

"We come here every week unless the weather is incliment," Vicky Bilski of Grandville says. "It gets you out of the house to enjoy a wonderful night and doesn't cost you anything to attend."

Vicky and her friend Joyce Lewis have been coming to Concerts in the Park for about 10 years.

"I've been coming to Concerts in the Park since it started," Lewis of Wyoming says. "My friend Vicky and I enjoy all kinds of music that is performed here."

Sala's group has performed all over the state of Michigan. However, the group has never been out of the State to perform together. The only time they performed outside of the State is seperatly.

"Mark played the trumpet and sang in the choir also," says Jim Sala, Mark Sala's father. "I used watch him perform about once a week at the night clubs and other places, but not so much any more since I now live outside of Grand Rapids and have other obligations to attend to."

Mark Sala's favorite music group outside his own is John Mayer who performs Soulful Guitar Music.

Sala and his band are thankful that the City of Wyoming allowed them to perform the last concert in the 2013 Concerts in the Park series.

"It's the escape and can transport you to another world," says Sala.

 

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