The Drifters headline free music in Frisco |

The Drifters headline free music in Frisco

FRISCO – Whether you like oldies, folk music, bluegrass, country or disco, you’ll love the music at Frisco’s Fourth of July celebration.

The Drifters

Take a walk under the boardwalk with the Drifters at 6:30 p.m. today at the Historic Park on Main Street in Frisco.

The first notes you hear on the Drifters first hit for Atlantic Records, “There Goes My Baby,” is the bass voice of Elsbeary Hobbs.

The song introduced a new sound to rock by incorporating strings and a classical score. But the Drifters weren’t all rock – they also were known for interjected comedy and dance into their shows.

Hobbs was a member of the Drifters from 1958-1996, with the exception of time he spent in the military and as a medical assistant. He died in 1996 but led the band to perform for three presidents, three network television stations, seven sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden and Dick Clark’s 20th anniversary of rock ‘n’ roll 42-city tour.

Hobbs’ wife, Odessa, reunited many of the original Drifters to play the band’s greatest hits, as well as a potpourri of standards and contemporary rock.

High Wide and Handsome

High Wide and Handsome started in the music business 26 years ago and is still going strong.

“We started playing music because we didn’t want to work,” guitarist E.P. Davis said.

In addition to guitar, Davis also plays the banjo and the dobro, a Hawaiian-style fiddle. Fiddler Clarke Wright and bass player G. Fred Swanson team up with Davis and mix in a little bit of humor in the act.

Though it tours nationally, the band primarily works overseas doing shows for U.S. soldiers.

“We get to go overseas and entertain the troops. We’ve been to 56 countries,” Davis said.

High Wide and Handsome plays its cowboy bluegrass at 11 a.m.

The Fabulous Boogienauts

To seek out strange new planets that are devoid of funk – that is the mission of The Fabulous Boogienauts. The

Denver-based dance and power disco band plans to bring funk to Summit County too.

Natty, Candy, Frank Rizzo, Gus, Rover, Fat Bob, Dr. J and Rocky will give locals a mix of covers and original songs.

“The people of Frisco should expect a healthy bar tab from us, and of course funk,” bass player Rocky said.

Though the band was formed six years ago, the only remaining original members are sax player Rover, drummer Fat Bob and Rocky.

The band plays at 1:30 p.m. today.

Nancy Cook and Sal Mancini

Nancy Cook tours for three to four months a year, and her songs have been played nationally on National Public Radio’s “River City Folk” and “Car Talk.”

Today, she teams up with local music teacher Sal Mancini at 3 p.m.

Ever since Cook graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a bachelor’s degree in humanities, she has been a professional musician. In 1979, after graduation, she moved to Boulder and began playing music full-time. She said at the time there were no other female musicians fearless enough to go onstage solo.

She moved to Summit County in 1988 and is currently working on a new album.

Jim Salestrom

Former Summit County resident Jim Salestrom started making it in the music business when he was 13 years old. Salestrom started a band with his brother Chuck in 1971 called Timberline. Timberline landed a record deal with CBS records and soon was touring 280 days a year and often opening for Dolly Parton.

After the band broke up, Parton asked Salestrom to audition to be a backup singer. Salestrom got the job and started what he thought would be a short stint with Parton.

“I thought I was going to go on one tour with her for three months and then it would be over,” Salestrom said. “I ended up playing the banjo and singing for her for 10 or 11 years.”

Salestrom met his hero, John Denver, when he was 16, and the two remained friends for 25 years before Denver’s death. He now sings lead with Denver’s band, and the group has made routine stops for Frisco’s Fourth of July festivities.

“We’ve played on Fourth of July almost annually for 10 or so years now,” he said. Salestrom plays at 4:30 p.m. today.

Salestrom has two new albums out, “Music from the Grand Canyon” and “Music from the Mountains.” He has played for four U.S presidents, the Supreme Court and has won two Emmys for his work in commercials.

Fourth of July Music

– When: music begins at 11 a.m., the Drifters play at 6:30 p.m.

– Where: Historic Park on Main Street

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