Sunday, June 29, 2003

Mason set to Monkee around



By Erica Solvig
The Cincinnati Enquirer

MASON - Women across the city are ready to swoon: Davy Jones of the Monkees hits the stage Thursday.His 8:30 p.m. concert at Pine Hill Lakes Park is the highlight of the Mason's Red, Rhythm & Boom celebration, which is expected to draw more than 5,000 people.

The city approved a $20,000 contract in December to bring in the 1960s band's lead singer for the event. As the date approaches, city offices have received a number of calls from excited fans.

"We even got a piece of fan mail addressed to Davy Jones at Pine Hill Lakes Park," said Mason spokeswoman Jennifer Trepal.

Red, Rhythm & Boom kicks off at 6 p.m. Thursday with games, face painting, wall climbing and other free activities. The musical group Hot Wax takes the stage at 6:30 p.m. before Jones starts.

Jones helped keep the Monkees on top of the music charts, singing hits like "Daydream Believer."He later pursued a solo recording career.

Fireworks begin at 10 p.m. after the concert.

Parking is available at Pine Hill Lakes Park on Kings Mills Road or at the municipal center, community center and Corwin M. Nixon Park, which are on Mason-Montgomery Road.

E-mail esolvig@enquirer.com




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