BLACKFOOT — Eclectic Connection, a six piece band from Idaho Falls, will kick off the first concert of Blackfoot’s ‘Music in the Park’ season on Wednesday evening. Local musician Doug Wareing, who directs the popular “Jazz House Big Band,” has coordinated this year’s concert series - carrying on the tradition that Blackfoot man, the late Butch Hulse, started four years ago. The Bingham Memorial Hospital board of directors and administrators have, again, stepped up to sponsor this year’s concert season. Eclectic Connection band member, Tom Brinkerhoff, said, “the name says it all.” “The reason we’re called ‘Eclectic Connection’ is because we do it all...polka, rock and roll, country, tango and some unusual instrumental music. One of the instruments we use is a‘euphonium,’ - kind of a baritone, saxophone, trumpet sounding instrument. “ he said. “Be prepared to do some hand clapping and some dancing. We are known to bring people to their feet to do the ‘chicken dance.’“
Brinkerhoff said that Eclectic Connection has been playing “up and down the valley” for about 10 years and that most of the band members have played with and learned from [Doug] Wareing, and his jazz band through the years. As in years past, the outdoor concerts will be held at Blackfoot’s Courtyard Square Park across the street from Hawker Funeral Home on Judicial and Shilling streets. The free concerts run every other
Wednesday (through August) starting at 6:30 p.m. and lasting until about
8:30 p.m. (or until it gets dark). “I hope everyone will grab their
blankets and lawn chairs and bring the family for some great summertime
entertainment,” Brinkerhoff said.