JULIAN, CA – A newÂ 4th of JulyÂ tradition beginsÂ on Thursday, as the first annual Independence Day Music in the Park kicks off in the small mountain community of Julian, CA.
Performances start just as the parade ends, atÂ 1:30 pm, one block off Main Street at the Pioneer Park, corner of Washington Street and 4th Street. Â The park is across the streetÂ from the Candied Apple Pastry Company and theÂ Rongbranch Restaurant.
Seven musical acts, representing a variety of musical genres, are each playing 30 minute sets:
Original Americana and Folk, guitars and dulcimer and vocals.
Mariachi Continental de San Diego: Â Led by Fredd Sanchez —
TraditionalÂ mariachi music, with violins, trumpets, guitar and vocals.
Cowboy tunes and train songs, guitar, banjo and vocals.
Original folk, guitars.
Glen Smith: Â Classic rock and country, guitar.
Cierra Rayne: Â Singer/Songwriter — Guitar & vocals.
This event is the result of the efforts of Janice Smith and Blake Rogers of the local Julian band Jake’s Mountain, and Ed Glass, owner of Butterfield Bed and Breakfast in Julian.
The Pioneer Park is centrally located in downtown Julian, and has been the location of the annual Christmas tree-lighting program for nearly 20 years. Â Last year, local resident David Lewis constructed a new earthen stage to replace earlier portable staging. Â The location and permanency of the new stage led to talks about doing more events at the park throughout the year.
TheÂ July 4thÂ post-parade concert is expected to keep visitors in town following the parade, as well as attracting local Julian residents to enjoy the new venue. Â Several local musicians are included in the afternoon event. Â Food and soft drinks will be available at nearby restaurants.