John Welsh Band at Lacey in Tune

by Adam McKinney for OLY ARTS

With cultures mixing and matching with increasing amorousness, it’s only natural for music to spread like dandelion flowers from one side of the world to another. It’s because of this cross-pollination that we arrive at groups like the John Welsh Band. A multicultural outfit, the John Welsh Band incorporates sounds of folk rock, Latin America, reggae, surf and West Africa. It’s an eminently listenable stew, perfect for an outdoor show in the summer — which the audience will surely appreciate when the John Welsh Band swings through Lacey for its outdoor concert series. This is upbeat music that comes off at times like a sunnier Paul Simon. Welsh’s voice resembles Simon’s, furthering the link between two artists who embraced world music. Courage Eigbike (best name ever?), Nathan Larsen, Devin Modugno, James Stobbe and Chris Welsh round out the rest of the group, lending the band’s vibrant songs an irresistible energy.

What: John Welsh Band

Where: Huntamer Park,
618 Woodland Square Loop SE, Lacey

When: 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5

How much: free

Learn more: 360-491-0857 | John Welch Band

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