POPPY FESTIVAL MUSIC ALL SET 60,000 EXPECTED TO ATTEND EVENT.
LANCASTER -- A saxophonist known for sweet and smooth music, an NBA star turned bass player and a roots rock band will be the highlight entertainers in April for Lancaster's 2007 California Poppy Festival.
The festival, Lancaster's signature event, will feature the band Blessid Union of Souls on April 21. Saxophonist Marion Meadow and bassist Wayman Tisdale will be featured on April 22. The festival, held at Lancaster City Park each year, is expected to draw about 60,000 visitors.
"Music is one the cornerstones of the California Poppy Festival," said Lyle Norton, director of Lancaster's Parks, Recreation and Arts Department. "Whether it is the chart-topping headliners that perform on the Poppy Stage, talented local musicians who create atmosphere in each area, or the bagpipers who kick off the festival each morning with their unique instruments, there is a genre to peak every patron's interest."
Blessid Union of Souls is one of those bands difficult to categorize. It plays a mix of early rock, adult contemporary, Southern rock, country and blues. The band's singles include "I Believe" and "Hey Leonardo (She Likes Me for Me)."
Marion Meadows -- who, as one critic wrote, delivers a "sweet and funky soprano sound" on his saxaphone -- will open the show April 22. He released his 10th album, "Dressed to Chill," last year.
The headline entertainment will wrap up with a performance by Wayman Tisdale, who went from slams to jams, leaving a 12-year professional basketball career in the late 1990s to focus on music. Tisdale's latest album, "Way Up," is in the top 20 of Billboard magazine's contemporary jazz charts.
"I was born to entertain," Tisdale said on his Web site, waymantisdale.com. "I just love people, and I feel like entertainment goes right in line with my personality. Whether it's on the stage or playing basketball, it's just what I've been called to do on this earth."
Norton said the California Poppy Festival will take place, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 21 and 22 at Lancaster City Park.
For information, visit the festival Web site at poppyfestival.com.
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|Publication:||Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)|
|Date:||Feb 21, 2007|
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