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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: June 10, 2008
Contact: Jim Meisner Jr., DCR Public Relations Specialist, (804) 786-8442, jim.meisner@dcr.virginia.gov

Leesylvania State Park concert series begins June 14

(Woodbridge, Va.) - The Leesylvania State Park 2008 Music at the Marina concert series begins June 14 with the band Ban Caribe.

Ban Caribe features an exciting blend of Latin, Caribbean and soulful Rhythm and Blues. Master percussionist and singer Kevin Davis gains enthusiastic fans wherever he performs. Influenced by the popular music of Sam Cooke, Tito Puente, Eddie Palmeri and others, Kevin performed with many world music ensembles in New York City. Ban Caribe will create memories of tropical sands, balmy island breezes and the clear water of paradise.

Sponsored by Sport and Health Clubs, the free concerts are held from 7-8:30 p.m. twice a month on Saturday nights through Sept. 13.

Concertgoers should bring blankets, lawn chairs and a picnic dinner to Leesylvania State Parks marina. Refreshments will also be available for purchase from the Marinas Breakwater Grill.

Future concert dates and performers are:

June 28: Another Level is a powerhouse of musicians sure to please. Band members have literally been around the world and back. Each member has toured with top name stars from Patti Labelle to Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes. This bands song list is full of soulful Motown favorites that always get the crowd dancing.

July 12: Jim Waive and the Young Divorcees carry on the American tradition of heartbreakin music with a down-home authenticity. Waive combines his no-pick, percussive style on guitar with some of the most compelling lyrics in honky tonk. His smoky voice delivers songs laden with force, fervor and heart. This is a true country band with a subtle and very real style - a country band to be seen and enjoyed, to be heard and adored.

July 26: James River Ramblers will take the stage. The Dixieland Band of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Band, represents the original New Orleans jazz tradition, performing works by Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, King Oliver, Sidney Bechet and the marching brass bands. The seven piece band features cornet, clarinet, baritone saxophone, trombone, banjo, tuba and drums. The group regularly performs across the nation, bringing audiences a taste New Orleans.

Aug. 9: The Gridloc Band plays music that will make for a memorable evening at the park. The Gridloc Band is a four-piece group specializing in R&B, Top 40s and old soul. The band's repertoire ranges from the smooth soulful hits of the Commodores, the Temptations and Frankie Beverly to more contemporary pieces by Luther Vandross and Jill Scott.

Aug. 23: The Commodores, the Navys premier jazz ensemble, presents the finest of America's truly original music. A specialty unit of the United States Navy Band in Washington, D.C., the group features 18 of the Navys top jazz and big band musicians. Under the leadership of Senior Chief Musician Philip M. Burlin, the Commodores combine the best of jazz and popular music.

Sept. 13: Judo Chop closes the concert series with the best hits from the 80'=s pop-rock catalog. The band keeps the evening rocking with blistering guitar solos, huge drums, rumbling bass and intricate four-part harmonies. Judo Chop takes the best songs from the 80's and presents them in a modern rock style - youve never heard Madonna quite like this! So put on legwarmers, tease your hair, and get ready for a memorable 80s experience.

Leesylvania State Park is in Prince William County on Daniel K. Ludwig Drive. To reach the park from I-95, exit Rippon Landing ramp to Route 1. Turn right on Route 1. Go one block and turn left at the first light on Neabsco Road. The park entrance is on the right.

For more information visit www.virginiastateparks.gov or call (703) 583-6904. Leesylvania State Park and the award-winning Virginia State Parks are managed by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.

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