6 | FifeMagazine | Spring/Summer 2019 Events 80 PROOF ALE “We’re contemporary country meets classic rock,” is how 80 Proof Ale front man Aaron Lee Ellsworth describes his four-piece band known for dance worthy covers of Rascal Flatts and Brooks & Dunn. The band is comprised of Ellsworth (vocals/ guitar) Brian “Fitz” Fitzsimmons (guitar/vocals), Mike Sprayberry (bass/vocals) and Dan Blackson (drums/vocals). “We’re really focused on vocals and harmony when it comes to classic rock. A lot of stuff from the 1980s, anything that showcases vocals, we tend to gravitate toward,” he said. Think of 80 Proof Ale as a combination of musicians who knew each other through their work in other local bands, such as Folsom Prism, Shifter and Just Dirt. Music in the Park attendees can expect a broad range of country at an 80 Proof Ale concert, but also opportunities for dancing “Lately we’ve been focusing more on songs where people can get up and dance to,” said Ellsworth. “There’s a lot of line dancers who like our shows.” Do the band members dance, too? That’d be a no, said Ellsworth with a laugh. He added, “We like the songs where we can engage the audience so they’re not just sitting and watching. We make it fun for everybody and make it family friendly.” T he City of Fife’s Music in the Park series promises a little something for every musical lover. Settle in at Dacca Park for concerts featuring classic rock, soul, a capella, contemporary country and a little bit of Motown. The free outdoor concert series kicks off June 20 and will continue every Thursday evening through August 1 (no event July 4) at Dacca. Attendees can bring their own blankets and lawn chairs, grab a patch of grass and picnic the night away as six regionally and nationally known musical groups take the stage. Don’t want to pack your own food? Food trucks will sell a variety of nibbles and kids will find all kinds of activities to keep them busy. The shows start at 6:30 p.m. See you there! Photos left to right: 80 Proof Ale, Amber Sweeney, The Coats Photo: Bill Bungard Photo: 80 Proof Ale Get into the groove at Music in the Park