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Sixth annual summer edition of the Fat Fry lays it on thick with Americana heroes

By Rob Pratt

WHY THE FAT FRY? The story goes back to legendary free-spirited radio station KFAT, which, of course, accounts for the "fat" part. "Fry" is probably from all that sun from a day of bands in the park. This year's lineup marks the sixth annual event, which three years ago split into summer and fall editions.


The Indigo Girls: Singer/songwriter duo Emily Saliers and Amy Ray easily rank as most-favored new folkies.

Altan: Something of an Irish traditional supergroup, Altan launched a sensation by playing the little known but very rhythmic Donegal style.

Mumbo Gumbo: Led by charming singer Chris Webster, Mumbo Gumbo draws on pop, rock, roots and folk for a sound that has made the band a perennial Fat Fry favorite.

Joules Graves: An engaging singer/songwriter, Joules Graves can win over crowds of thousands with nothing more than her voice, a guitar and a couple of hand drums. With a band, she's a show-stealing sensation.


John Hiatt & The Goners: Singer and songwriter John Hiatt has done it all--from prodigal-but-troubled youth to comeback kid with a trio of late-'80s and early-'90s albums dedicated to his new-found recovery.

Bruce Cockburn & Band: Guitar virtuoso Bruce Cockburn became a superstar in his native Canada with a slew of folk-rock albums during the '70s and a cult hero among Americana fans.

Southern Culture on the Skids: Unlike most bands, this insurgent country-rock outfit found one shrewdly evocative of its approach: Trailer-park denizens have more fun.

Laurie Lewis: Fiddler and guitarist Laurie Lewis is one of the finest of the new crop of bluegrass players.

The Fine Print

Basic Facts: The Fat Fry runs 11:45am­7pm Saturday­Sunday at Aptos Village Park, Aptos Village, Aptos. Gates open at 11am. Tickets are $32 adv/$36 door for Saturday, $28 adv/$32 door for Sunday (children under 14 free), available at Streetlight Records and BASS outlets.

Parking: Because of construction at Cabrillo College, remote parking has been moved. Shuttle buses instead run to Aptos Village Park from Aptos High, 7301 Freedom Blvd., Aptos.

More info: Call 831.420.2800 or visit http://www.lovelightconcerts.com on the web.

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From the July 26-August 2, 2000 issue of Metro Santa Cruz.

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