Worthy Music Ministries Stage at Dickman Park

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11:00–12:00 PM – Storm Walker
12:15-1:00 PM – Susan Murphy
1:00-1:30 PM – Jasmine Fuller
1:00-1:30 PM – Swing Low
1:30-3:30 PM – Freedom Fair Air Show
3:30-4:30 PM – Of Dust
4:45-5:30 PM – Nathaniel Chapman
5:30-6:30 PM – Collin Meredith
6:00-7:30 PM – Chuck and Linda Worthy
7:30-10:00 PM – Tailthavoices Entertainment Presents Toyin Adekale and Maurese Itson
10:10-10:30 PM – Freedom Fair Fireworks – Synchronized to music on 98.5FM

 

East End of Marine Park

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2:00-8:00 PM – Congo Productions Drum Circle
(Play hand-made African drums!)

 

Les Davis Pier Park

ALL DAY– Pole Vault Meet
(Qualifying for the North American championships)

 

Ram Bighorn Stage

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12:00 PM – Adventures
2:00 PM – Michael Crain Band
4:00 PM – Fabulous Johnsons Featuring Spike
6:00 PM – Slim Wizzy
8:00 PM – Heart By Heart
10:10-10:30 PM – Freedom Fair Fireworks – Synchronized to music on 98.5FM

 

Katie Downs Stage

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12:00 PM – U253
3:00 PM – Blaze of Glory
6:00 PM – The Inifinty Project
10:10-10:30 PM – Freedom Fair Fireworks – Synchronized to music on 98.5FM

 

America Be Strong Stage

Produced By La Stella Foundation

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11:00 AM – Max Renshaw
12:30, 3:30, 5:30 & 7:00 PM – Vets Hot Dog Eating Contest (Stage B)
12:30 PM – John Leonard Band
4:00-5:30 PM – Star-Spangled Karaoke
6:00 PM – Rural Route 3
7:30 PM – AFI Pre-Show
8:00-10:00 PM – Armed Forces Icon
10:10-10:30 PM – Freedom Fair Fireworks – Synchronized to music on 98.5FM

 

The Duke’s Chowder House Youth Stage

Co-Sponsored by The Swiss

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11:15-11:45 AM – Blended By Color
12:00-12:30 PM – Fiona Ray
12:45-1:30 PM – Desidia
1:30-3:30 PM – Freedom Fair Air Show
3:30-4:00 PM – Heather’s Sweater
4:15-4:45 PM – Blue Avenue
5:00-5:45 PM – Ouch Pouch
6:00-6:30 PM – Fraid Not
6:45-7:15 PM – The Melting Point
7:30-8:15 PM – Rock Bottom
8:30-9:15 PM – Suite Clarity
10:10-10:30 PM – Freedom Fair Fireworks – Synchronized to music on 98.5FM


America Be Strong Stage

11:00 AM – Max Renshaw

Recently #17 on the National Christian Country Charts, Max Renshaw’s tribute to our troops, “Prepare A Place” has blazed it’s way across the states and is making it’s N.W. premier here as we celebrate our independance day! Max writes amazing songs and covers favorites from the 50’s through the 90’s, You’ll find yourself singing and dancing to lost classics and forgotten gems! A native of the the Pacific Northwest, Max Renshaw is the real deal. His emotionally charged voice and fiery guitar artistry set him a cut above! Attend Max’s show, you’ll remember and cherish the shared experience! When it’s over, you’ll long for another! Go ahead, try it, you’ll like it!


12:00, 3:30, 5:30 and 7:00 PM – Vets Hot Dog Eating Contest

Join us for a Classic 4th of July OLD FASHIONED HOT DOG EATING CONTEST to celebrate the US Armed Forces at Camp Patriot on the “America Be Strong” at the Tacoma Freedom Fair. A fun time promised for all participants and fantastic entertainment for the audience. Great prizes for winners!


12:30 PM – John Leonard Band

John Leonard Band Delivers a homebrewed, heartfelt mix of alternative folk rock, country and blues. Over the past 3 years, the group has performed together in various instrumental configurations, often including a variable 4th wheel guest musician to spice up the pot. John Leonard is a prolific songwriter with a dark country styling and positive outlook. The clever beats of Kirt “The triK” Ottosen and lively bass of “Bass Man” Bill Karle, provides the perfect compliment for this original music. The passion this band has for music is intensified when working their non profit project, MusicWorks4Veterans (MW4V), where they spend much of their free time playing music for Veterans, encouraging them to get involved with the creative process of music making. Creative musical expression can benefit wellbeing. Facebook: MusicByJohnLeonard & MusicWorks4Veterans


4:00-5:30 PM – Star-Spangled Karaoke

ENTERTAINMENT MASTERS presents DJ Leanna Mason

Get ready for a unique and entertaining show with DJ Leanna Mason in a singing contest where you are the star. With over 200,000 songs to choose from, this will be one fantastic time for all! Special prizes for the winners. Come down to Camp Patriot and join in the fun on the AMERICA BE STRONG Stage where You can be a Star and have a chance to Win a Great Prize!


6:00 PM – Rual Route 3

Rural Route 3 is an all original bluesy and funky straight-up Rock-n-Roll band from Tacoma, WA. The band features a slide guitar, a groovy bass, and a tommy-gun drummer – all of whom combine to form an edgy, energetic style of music. The release of our 3rd cd, The Bad Monkey Blues Band, demonstrates the power of original songwriting, a diversity of musical influences, and the energy of live rock n’ roll. While Rural Route 3 focuses on original material, we have been known to delight our fans from time to time with a unique twist on a cover-song.


7:30-10:00 PM – Armed Forces Icon

In the absence of AMERICAN IDOL, an exciting new Music Show, “ARMED FORCES ICON,” is slated to be shot this July 4th at the Tacoma Freedom Fair on the “America Be Strong Stage” at the Camp Patriot location. “THE NEXT BIG THING … In recent years we have seen a slew of music shows captivate viewers across the nation … shows like American Idol, The Voice, X Factor, America’s Got Talent … and others. In a similar vein … get ready for “ARMED FORCES ICON” … a musical Show which highlights the talents of our veterans and men and women actively serving in our Nation’s Military. The show has a pretty straight forward concept … present 10 singers from the Armed Forces and our Veteran Community competing to be the ARMED FORCES ICON. A twist from the other musical talent shows. Produced by Internationally Acclaimed Singer & Recording Artist … Tony La Stella.


East End of Marine Park

2:00-8:00 PM – Congo Productions Drum Circle

The Drum Circle was primarily formed to promote cultural awareness and an exchange of ideas. They perform at street fairs, festivals, coffee houses and schools; anywhere their message and their music will find the ears of the community. Their goal is to bring society’s people together to celebrate worldwide ethnic awareness. This group is part of the “The Drumming Outreach Project,” which aims to attract and integrate diverse cultural groups into a unique drumming experience. There will be a performance by the members of the group, as well as a chance for outside participation. Poets, performers, musicians and dancers are also invited to take part. The group was formed many years ago when its founders felt that there was very little minority representation of the arts. Willie “Congo” Carter, the founder of The Drum Circle believes that there is a lot of undiscovered talent in the area whose only hindrance is lack of motivation and confidence. Drum Circle endeavors to provide the atmosphere needed to gain these qualities. The Drum Circle and workshop is an all-day event. Take the time to come down and test your talent with the ultimate drumming experience.


The Duke’s Chowder House Youth Stage

Co-Sponsored by The Swiss

The Puget Sound Music For Youth Association is performing on the Swiss Stage, located at Duke’s Chowder House. This group of talented young artists is proud to announce their first “made for TV” live concert series, which aired for two weeks on TV Tacoma. Starting at 5 PM, five of the bands from this series are included in the lineup of performances, as follows:

11:15 AM – Blinded By Color

Electric classic rock and originals


12:00 PM – Fiona Ray

Acoustic soloist — Originals


12:45 PM – Desidia

Electric pop and rock


3:30 PM – Heather’s Sweater

Electric rock and originals


4:15 PM – Blue Avenue

Electric rock and originals


5:00 PM – Ouch Pouch

Three pierce electric rock and originals


5:45 PM – Fraid Not

Electric rock and hard rock


6:30 PM – The Melting Point

Electric hard rock and originals


7:15 PM – Rock Bottom

Electric rock and pop


8:00 PM – Smooth Clarity

Rock and blues and originals


Katie Downs Stage

12:00 PM – U253

Based in the South Sound area of the Pacific Northwest, U253 is a dynamic, high quality U2 Tribute Band. U253 takes pride in providing an authentic, high energy musical experience through strong musicianship from the four members of the band that work hard to authentically perform songs from one of the best bands in the world. All four members of U253 are talented musicians in their own right and together they are committed to bring their audiences the best possible U2 show that they can deliver. Eirik O’Neal (The Edge – guitars, keyboard, and backup vocals) provides the instantly recognizable dynamic guitar tones made famous by the Edge. Tim Rades (Bono – lead vocals) commands the stage as the band’s high energy front man. Greg Jacoby (Adam Clayton – bass) and Doug Davis (Larry Mullen Jr – drums) lays down the sturdy foundation that underlies U2’s many hit songs.


3:00 PM – Blaze of Glory

The ultimate tribute to the band, Bon Jovi, started over three years ago as just a two-piece, unplugged tribute to Bon Jovi. In the winter of 2015 vocalist and guitarist Jeff Meyers met with drummer Jesse Smith for “The Infinity Project” (a tribute to Journey), and formed the full five piece tribute to Bon Jovi. Their live show takes you down a trip through decades of classic Bon Jovi tunes. Meyers says, “I believe I have the best musicians I could have ever asked for! And the fact that every guy is a great singer is MUST in a project such as this. Our goal is to give the experience of a real Bon Jovi concert with affordable ticket prices.” Blaze of Glory band members include Jesse Smith on drums and vocals, Dan Scott on bass and vocals, Joe Cresanti on keyboards and vocals, Aaron Cheney on lead guitar and vocals and Jeff Meyers on lead vocals and guitar.


6:00 PM – The Infinity Project

Seattle’s only locally based Journey tribute act, The Infinity Project is a collection of long standing Seattle and Los Angeles musicians who have come together to celebrate both the history and the ongoing success of one of rock ‘n roll’s greatest hit makers, “Journey.” Covering music from the bands conception straight through to recent hits and everything in between. Dedicated to bringing a high quality polished performance to the stage this is a show not to be missed. Whether you are a long standing Journey fan or a new comer to their music there is something here for everyone. Join us for an evening of great memories and stellar hits.


Ram Bighorn Stage

12:00 PM – Adventures


2:00 PM – Michael Crain Band

From multiple Tacoma Dome shows to the Seattle Space Needle and various fairground events, this versatile and energetic act can deliver a polished and thoroughly entertaining show! In a time where most bands seem to strive for some sort of small stylistic niche, Michael and the Band pride themselves in delivering versatility and variety. They present everything from Elvis Presley to classic 80’s pop rock, with a little down home country for two-steppin’ and line dancing. Putting emphasis on you, the listener, the group strives to ‘keep it rockin’ with recognizable cover songs you’ve all heard and enjoyed. Definitely give the Michael Crain Band a listen!


4:00 PM – The Fabulous Johnsons with Spike

The Fabulous Johnsons is one of Seattle’s top, rockin’ bands. This vibrant, high energy group has taken a stadium rock show all the way to a club scene act. Playing classics made popular by Led Zeppelin, Hendrix, Montrose, AC/DC, ZZ Top and Aerosmith, their versatility, dynamics and top notch musicianship brings the house down! The Fabulous Johnsons power-trio consists of some of the top rock veteran musicians in the Northwest.


6:00 PM – Slim Wizzy

Slim Wizzy is one of the newest and hottest country, blues and rock bands in the Northwest. The band started out as a straight ahead blues band with one lead singer, and has transformed into a countryblues-rock band with stellar vocals! Slim Wizzy features three part harmonies, reminiscent of bands like Three Dog Night, The Beatles and Little Big Town, and includes a hot rhythm section, a rockin’ lead guitar, slammin’ bass grooves, swingin’ keyboards and tight drum beats that will make you want to get up and dance! Slim Wizzy’s vast repertoire offers up a range of cover songs, including hits by Johnny Cash, The Doors, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Joe Bonamassa and Chris Stapleton, to name a few, as well as many of their own soulful, harmonic and dynamic originals.


8:00 PM – Heart By Heart

In 2013, bassist Steve Fossen and drummer Michael Derosier were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as original members of the band, Heart. That 70’s-era lineup brought to the world the massive radio hits Magic Man, Crazy On You, Dreamboat Annie, Barracuda, Kick It Out, Heartless, Straight On, Dog & Butterfly and Even It Up, among many others. Now Fossen and Derosier are back together with “Heart By Heart,” a new band featuring powerhouse vocalist Somar Macek, multi-talented guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist Lizzy Daymont, and legendary Seattle guitarist Randy Hansen. Honoring the magic and power of the music of Heart, this incredible lineup considers it their responsibility to bring the songs to the stage in their original form. As Fossen says, “We don’t see it as our task to modify or update these classic tunes that Heart fans love and have listened to all these years.” After every show, fans express their appreciation for Heart By Heart’s ability to bring back the memories by playing the songs as written and recorded. Having Fossen and Derosier on stage gives Heart By Heart an authenticity no other Heart tribute band can match.


Dickman Mill Worthy Music Ministries

Worthy Music Ministries is excited as we continue our partnership with the Tacoma Events Commission, and it has been an honor to produce the Worthy Music Ministries’ Family Stage as part of Freedom Fair. Worthy Music Ministries was founded by Chuck and Linda Worthy and we are celebrating over 30 years of ministry and productions at large scale local, municipal and Faith Based venues.

Chuck and Linda will share the stage with a strong lineup of artists and bands, and are pleased to announce that Joe Nicholson’s JC Music Connection will be working alongside Worthy Music Ministries to bring out the very best talent in the Pacific Northwest. This power packed production will include international artist Toyin Adekale and the Talitha Voices Choir and more.

The Worthy Music Ministries’ Family Stage at Dickman Mill Park has been part of The Tacoma Events Commission’s Freedom Fair 4th of July Celebration since 2009 and will feature artists of all ages, genres, and ethnicities and is truly diverse. From Gospel to rock to classical, jazz, popular songs from the 70’s and 80’s, Caribbean Gospel, and more, this is one stage you will not want to miss. All songs are family friendly, so come prepared for the day to relax, celebrate our nation’s birth, and enjoy outstanding music while you wait for the fireworks.