Up & Coming Weekly

June 29, 2021

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WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM JUNE 30 - JULY 6, 2021 UCW 13 COVER Fort Bragg will host its annual Independence Day celebration with a return to a pre-pandemic line-up that includes music, demonstrations, food and lots of family-friendly fun. e event was streamlined last year due to COVID-19 restrictions but returns with a full afternoon of entertainment leading up to headliner Foreigner before the evening culminates with a fireworks display. "We know the community is excited to get out and celebrate together," said eresa Smith, Fort Bragg's Special Events Coordinator. "e Fourth of July cel- ebration has always been a popular event, and we expect this year will be no different." e celebration begins at 3 p.m. on the Main Post Parade Field. e event is free and open to Depart- ment of Defense ID card holders and guests with a visitor pass, which can be obtained at the All Ameri- can Visitor Center, Smith said. ere will be food and drink vendors on site with an assortment of items available for purchase to include barbecue, ice cream, funnel cakes, Philly cheesesteaks and more. Guests will enjoy a parachute demonstration by the Golden Knights. Returning this year is the popu- lar Flag Ceremony, a long-standing tradition that highlights the nation's states and territories, as well as the units that call Fort Bragg home, Smith said. e musical line-up includes the 82nd Rock Band, local band e Fifth and Foreigner. Local rock band e Fifth was formed in 2001 by former Cold Sweat vocalist Roy Cathey. e band has since built a strong and feverish following by touring the east coast and giving fans exactly what they want — a great show and a good time, every time. e band has enjoyed a string of successes including music featured in television ads for Dodge Ram and television promo ads for "e Voice" and "Grey's Anatomy." e Fifth has seen a two-week tour in Japan, a Top 10 single ("e Gift") on WVRK- FM Rock 103 in Columbus, Georgia, and a Monster Energy sponsorship. Cathey said the group will release a new album later this year. You can find their music on https://www.reverbnation.com/the- fifth. For more information of the band visit www. facebook.com/thefifthmusic. e Fifth kicks off their set at 6:45 p.m. and For- eigner is scheduled to take the stage at 8:15 p.m. Hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world, Foreigner has a musical arsenal that contin- ues to propel sold-out tours and album sales. Foreigner is responsible for some of rock and roll's most enduring anthems including "Feels Like e First Time," "Urgent," "Head Games," "Cold As Ice," "Waiting For A Girl Like You," "Hot Blooded," "Juke Box Hero" and the worldwide #1 hit "I Want To Know What Love Is." Foreigner has 10 multi-plati- num albums and 16 U.S. Billboard Top 30 hits. e group continues their success more than 40 years in the business with massive airplay and con- tinued Billboard Top 200 album success. Audio and video streams of Foreigner's hits are over 15 million per week. Foreigner is Mick Jones (guitar), Kelly Hansen (lead vocals), Jeff Pilson (bass, vocals), Michael Bluestein (keyboards, vocals), Bruce Watson (guitar, vocals), Chris Frazier (drums) and Luis Carlos Mal- donado (guitar, vocals). Group founder and Songwriters Hall of Fame member Jones is the maestro whose songwriting, indelible guitar hooks and multi-layered talents continue to escalate Foreigner's influence and guide the band to new horizons. "Live music is at the heart of what we do and I'm thrilled to be back on the road and visiting so many places over the next year. Looking forward to seeing you all out there," Jones says. Lead singer Hansen says "I am so looking forward to getting our feet back on stage and the crowd in front of us! I have read and heard so much about how people want to get back to live music. It's such a part of the fabric of who we are and we can't wait to get out there and reclaim this piece of our lives. Can't wait to rock it out!" In June, Foreigner announced a year-long, 123- date concert tour across 16 countries. e Greatest Hits of Foreigner Tour takes the band to 72 cities in 42 U.S. states, including their Fourth of July concert on Fort Bragg. "We will, of course, end the night with our fire- works display at 9:45 p.m.," Smith said. "Fort Bragg is notorious for having the largest fireworks display in the area, and this year will be no different. We ex- pect approximately 15 minutes of a vibrant fireworks display with an assortment of sizes." e Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Program is bringing back tent city this year for those who want shade. Reservations are required and will be on a first-come basis. You must be a DOD ID card holder to rent space. A space costs $20 and a space and tent rental is $40. Pets, glass bottles, grills are not allowed at the event. For a full list of prohibited items visit https://bragg.armymwr.com/application/ files/9315/6105/4803/brgg-special_events-Prohibit- ed_Items_Bag_Policy-4th_of_July.pdf Guests are encouraged to arrive early and plan for heavy traffic flow. Parking is available with general and handicap parking designated. A parking map is available on the website. "People can look forward to celebrating Fourth of July together with live music, local food vendors, beer, and unique Fort Bragg traditions," Smith said. For more information about the event visit, https://bragg.armymwr.com/calendar/event/july- 4th-celebration/5184435/23521 e Fourth of July celebration on Fort Bragg will feature food, demonstrations, music and lots of family fun. (Photos of previous celebration by Tori Evans) Fort Bragg hosts annual Fourth of July celebration by KEYURI PARAB KEYURI PARAB, Editorial Assistant COMMENTS? Editor@upandcomin- gweekly.com 910-484-6200. Foreigner will make a stop on their tour to perform on Fort Bragg. (Photo courtesy www.foreigneronline.com) Local band e Fifth will perform at the Fourth of July Celebration. (Photo by Kevin McGee)

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