Salmon Days finale features all-star band

October 1, 2013

By David Hayes

After 30 years of booking musical acts for the Salmon Days Festival, David Harris has made contacts with more than 450 bands. To mark the anniversary, Harris is calling in some favors and assembling a final festival act to remember — The Northwest All Star Salmon Jam.

The act will fill the final time slot Oct. 6, from 4:30-6 p.m., and Harris said he’s already been given the green light to go long, if necessary. That’s a good thing, too.

The All Star band will actually cycle through 25 of the Northwest’s most renowned musicians, including vocalists Larry Strobel and Christy Wheeler, guitarists Roger Wheeler and Ron Smevik, and drummers Alan White and Rich Nalum, to name a few.

Harris said what will set this band apart from other collaborations is he has chosen all the songs they’ll play.

“I’ve always had to put up with what they want to play. This time, I’m coming up with my set list,” he said.

The songs will all be rock ‘n’ roll classics, but ones that get short shrift from bands. Harris said look at YouTube and songs like Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark” and Tears for Fears’ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” have millions of hits, proving people like them, a lot.

For the night’s final song, Led Zeppelin’s “Rock N Roll,” Harris plans to squeeze every one of them onstage for a mass jam session.

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