Group's 'Summer Finally Got Here' event will feature live music, classic car show

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - The Aspen Meadow Bands Summer Finally Got Here event will feature live music and dancing. The fun is scheduled for  10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20, at the Aspen Meadow Amphitheatre, 24232 S. Upper Highland Road.

The Aspen Meadow Band wants to take people back in time.

The group's "Summer Finally Got Here" concert and classic car show will pay tribute to the 1950s and 1960s. The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20, at the Aspen Meadow Amphitheatre, 24232 S. Upper Highland Road.

"It's really a great time," said Desi Aamodt, a member of the band's public relations team. "It's a time to reminisce, and take time with your memories if you lived then. Or you'll wish you lived then. When I hear the music, I think, 'I wanna live back then.' It was a really fun time."

The morning is dedicated to the car show, and the concert is the highlight of the afternoon. The day also features complimentary food; there will be a pancake breakfast and hot dogs and nachos available for lunch.

The car show is open to all makes and models of vehicles, and categories include everything from the 1920s and earlier to the 1980s and beyond. Though pre registration is encouraged, registration will be available the day of the event from 7:30-10 a.m.

The car show will last from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the concert will begin directly after that.

Come concert time, the band will play a variety of songs from the era, including Beach Boys covers and songs inspired by the film "Greece."

In addition to music, the event will feature a variety of dance numbers, and event attendees are encouraged to join the Aspen Meadow dancers in moving along with the music.

"I love dancing into the crowd and having that interaction," Aamodt said.

Many of the elements of the event vary from each year.

"We switch (the songs) up from year to year," Aamodt said. "This year, we'll have a new dance number that (celebrates) the decades, the 1990s to 1950s."

Though the event is free, all donations will benefit the Oregon chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Event organizers for Summer Finally Got Here hope the combination of classic cars and music and dancing from years past give participants a blast from the past.

"It's our first year having it as a benefit," Aamodt said. "All of our events are complimentary. A lot of people really want to contribute, but we strongly feel that our concerts are gifts for our guests. We did a benefit so people could donate if they want, but it's also still a free gift."

Aamodt noted that the band's benefit events raise around $1,000.

She added that one of the reasons that they had selected the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is because the organization does not receive any federal funding.

"Even if it's just bringing awareness (that would be a good thing)," Aamodt said. "It's more of a rare disease."

Band members believe the day is a chance to take a break from the numerous responsibilities that are typical in today's world.

"It's a way to take you back, especially being surrounded by the older cars and music," Aamodt said. "It reminds me of simple times — when life was about cars, music and falling in love."

She added that the event is an opportunity to connect with a variety of people.

"Put your differences down," she encouraged. "Who doesn't love music and cars?"

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