Yes, the show will go on! Despite what mother nature threw at us this week, the City of Carlsbad is looking forward to our Independence Day parade (9 am. July 3, Church to Canyon Street), boat parade (2 p.m., July 4), World War II Ceremony (10:30 a.m. July 3 at the Eddy County Courthouse) Hall of Fame Induction (12:30 p.m., July 3 at the Carlsbad Museum), concert series (afternoons and evenings, July 3 and 4 at the bandshell) and, of course, fireworks show (9 p.m. July 4).
We thought it would be good to talk a little bit about some of the amazing bands we have performing this weekend at the beach bandshell.
Mariachi Unido is our local mariachi group under the direction of Paul Cosand. They are very excited to be back in action after having to take a long hiatus last year. Two local DJ’s Trey Gonzales and Anthony Alonzo, will also be helping Saturday.
Last Child’s JJ Aguilar performed for us a few weeks ago during our summer concert series, but the entire group is well known around the area and will be performing Saturday afternoon at 4:45 p.m.
Carlsbad native Bill Brooks has had an illustrious career for the past 40 years. He was voted Entertainer of the Year for six years in a row in Texas by the Country Music Revue Association. He’ll be joined by Shiloh Road, which includes Bill’s brother Randy, and fellow Carlsbad resident Curtis “Deedle” Muncrief. Together, Bill and Shiloh have years of ministering their faith through music, and we look forward to their performance on Saturday at 6 p.m.
Award-winning rock band Stranded has been the talk of the town for several years now, and we’re very excited to have them headlining for us Saturday at 7 p.m. One of Stranded’s claims to fame is that some of their songs have been about the bad conditions of Highway 285, but their terrific sound is what has certainly caused their rise in popularity.
Artesia Country Band JD and the Badlands start things off for us on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. You can learn more about this great local band by visiting https://jdandthebadlandsband.com/
Carlsbad’s “The Proof” is a long-standing band in Carlsbad that has also received numerous awards and recognition. They’ll begin playing for us at 4 p.m. Sunday.
“Groupo Veneno (Poison)” is a norteno band with several local members. They played for us a couple years ago at the bandshell in front of a packed house. Veneno members are Jody Vasquez, Fernando Morales, Miguel Romero, Jairo Rodriguez and David Palma.
Finally, the Southwest Surfers are a Beach Boys tribute band from Arizona with some Carlsbad connections themselves. Having them play right before our fireworks show seemed like a great way to celebrate the holiday’s “old fashioned” theme.
While you are at the beach this weekend, check out the new story boards put in place by our library and parks department. The newest story talked about the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant – we think you’ll find it very informative. And please take a moment to appreciate all of the hard work that our public works crew, parks crew, first responders and others have put forth over the past few days to clean up the river and beach area. They’ve really worked miracles.
Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway