MOUNT VERNON — The next event in Ariel-Foundation Park’s 2018 free concert series will be held Friday, June 29, and will feature Madrigal, the ultimate Santana experience, at 7:30 p.m. in the Schnormeier Event Center. The Drew Allen Duo will open the evening at 6 p.m.
Madrigal is a Nashville-based 5-piece band of professional musicians that offers up a true Carlos Santana concert experience. Santana pioneered a fusion of rock and Latin American jazz. The band’s sound featured his melodic, blues-based guitar lines set against Latin and African rhythms featuring percussion instruments such as timbales and congas not traditionally heard in rock music.
Jose Madrigal, portraying Carlos Santana, is the son of a Mexican immigrant who was home schooled on the guitar by his father, a guitar professor at Northern Kentucky University. Jose spent 19 years in Nashville working as a studio musician and vocalist. He is a former 20th Century Fox and Columbia Records recording artist, and has appeared on radio and television numerous times. Lastly, as the owner of Home Tree Studio in Murfreesboro, Tenn., he is active in music/video production, film scoring and artist development.
Frank McGucken is on percussion. He studied at Kent State University School of Music. As a sponsored Sonor Drum representative, McGucken has worked with Steve Smith (drummer for Journey) and many others. Additional endorsements include Toca percussion, Gretsch Drums and Taye Drums.
Kevin Coggeshall appears on drums, percussion and vocals. This veteran drummer has toured with Bo Diddley while being endorsed by Sonor, Sabian & LP manufacturers.
Bob Kennedy can be found playing keyboard and singing vocals. Kennedy is a classically trained pianist. His tour credits included The Rock N Roll Heaven Tribute Band, The Van Dells and Sonny Turner of the Platters.
Steve Schmitt, on bass and vocals, is a true road warrior. He has many years under his belt playing in local Cincinnati bands.
The Drew Allan duo, opening at 6 p.m., features Drew Allen on guitar and A.C. Collins on the sax. If you like the blues with some jazz in the mix, these are the two you need to see live, together. They will have the crowd out of chairs and tapping toes.
Food vendors, open an hour prior to concert start time, include Road Hog Willy’s, Schmidt’s Sausage Haus and Whit’s Frozen Custard. Beer and wine will be available for purchase at this event. No outside food or beverages may be brought into the Event Center. No alcohol, other than that purchased on site, will be allowed. Pets and smoking are prohibited in the event center and within the fenced area surrounding it.
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