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Canby's Slice of Summer music series returns to Wait Park this Sunday evening, the first of 3 shows

Music will once again filter out of Wait Park in Canby this summer as the Slice of Summer music program returns.

The program, which has run in Canby since 1985, was discontinued in 2017, but didn't stay dormant for long. A group of music fans resurrected it in 2018 and it is back for its second season since it resurrection.

It hasn't been without some struggles, however.

"Donations have been slow; we're not getting the support we would like," said Lisa Leir, one of the organizers. "We do get a grant from Mt. Hood, but that's for advertising only. Without that we would probably be in the hole this year."

But the shows will go on. The concerts are on Sunday evenings from 6-8 p.m. at Wait Park.

Opening this year's Slice of Summer is Timothy James (blues) on July 21. He'll be followed by Haywire (country) on Aug. 4 and Johnny Limbo & the Lugnuts (Aug. 18).

While attendees should bring lawn chairs and blankets for the show, and food and beverage vendors will be on hand, something new is also on the horizon. Slice of Summer will feature beer and wine selections this year. Route 99 Roadhouse is serving as the vendor for that this year.

"People were asking for that last year, so we're gonna try it out and see how it's received," said Leir.

Leir was quick to point out that the reception the community has given Slice of Summer's return has been encouraging, noting that "we had really good crowds last year and hope for more this year."

Anyone wishing to help the music program financially can send donations to: 1109 SW First Ave., Suite F, #639, Canby, OR 97013. For more information about the series, call 503-263-5263 and leave a message.

COURTESY - The country sounds of Haywire will come to Canby for Slice of Summer on Aug. 4.

Timothy James

Timothy James is a singer/songwriter from Portland, Oregon. Blending styles of pop, rock, soul, and jazz, he is often compared to artists such as John Mayer and Ed Sheeran. His passion shines on stage and his energy can be felt from his wild hair, guitar playing, and smooth vocal style.

Haywire

Haywire likes to say it puts the "Tree" in country with its country music sound. Band members are Steve Benavides (vocals), Kurt Catlin (guitar), Darek Zen (Bass), and Rick Buckendahl (drums). Artists the group enjoys are George Strait, Chris Ledoux, Jason Aldean, American Young, Blake Shelton, Garth Brooks and more.

Johnny Limbo & the Lugnuts

Starting as a party gag in 1978, Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts have become one of the most popular bands to perform the classic oldies hits. The Lugnuts' fame has spread beyond the Pacific Northwest, dazzling audiences from Washington state to Washington, D.C. Their performances have been enthusiastically received at corporate parties, civic celebrations, fairs, fund raisers, concert halls, conventions and televised events.

Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts emphasize showmanship, creating a never-ending energy on stage. The electricity generated by this sight and sound experience results in packed dance floors at every performance.


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