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Outdoor O Brother concert scheduled for this month, first in new summer concert series

COURTESY PHOTO - Wade Creek Park is typically home to children playing, and this summer it will also be the location of several concerts. First off is O Brother, who will take the stage on Wednesday, June 19.

A new summer music tradition will begin with the band O Brother.

The Estacada-based group will be the first of three musicians to play during a series of concerts at Wade Creek Park. O Brother will play on Wednesday, June 19; R&B group Red Hots will play on Wednesday, July 17; and pop group Cherish Nunnally will play on Wednesday, Aug. 21. Concerts are free and scheduled from 6-8 p.m.

O Brother typically plays classic country songs but also branches out into other genres. "It's the tunes people remember," said the band's drummer Bob Ferrante.

Along with Ferrante, O Brother's current lineup consists of Michael Howard on vocals, Steve Guilliam on vocals, Thor Johnson on guitar, Al Callahan on guitar and fiddle and Rob Gaskill on bass.

"This is the new generation," Ferrante said, noting that the band's previous lineup included himself, Ron Ferrante, Cle Richardson, Dan Richardson and Eric West.

The name O Brother was inspired by the fact that the group initially consisted of several sets of brothers.

Since the band's inception in the 1990s, their sound has evolved.

"It's definitely changed," Ferrante said. "We have different vocals and timbre. It's all changed, but the musicians are still great."

He said O Brother appreciates connecting with audiences.

"We're smiling and joking with them," Ferrante said. "We make them feel like they're part of it."

The group also has fun with one another.

"Smiling and laughing with each other is great," Gaskills said. "It's a nice release to get up there and play music."

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