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Article in the Upper Arlington News, SNP, June 29, 2005

Music sets mood for festivities 

By Katy Waters

Upper Arlington's July Fourth festivities begin Monday morning and end Monday night, making the one-day, community-wide party the shortest -- yet most planned and anticipated -- of the year.

By the time residents and their guests are finished with the parade, awards, alumni reunion parties and all the work involved in pulling off a weekend of fun, they should be ready to relax in Northam Park before the fireworks begin Monday night.

Two local bands will be featured at the Upper Arlington Civic Association's Party in the Park, which begins at 5:30 p.m. Monday...

...Following the blues band at 7:45 p.m., a local '80s revival cover band will take the stage.

The Reaganomics are just a fun, family-oriented band that was perfect for the July Fourth celebration, said Jenny Schoning, UACA chairwoman of July Fourth events.

Tunes by Huey Lewis and the News, Devo, Squeeze and others usually get the crowd, especially children, dancing, said Sully Caradonna, the band's bassist.

The five men in the band, all in their 30s and 40s, like the fun, carefree spirit of '80s music, Caradonna said. So have crowds -- the band is now well-known throughout the Midwest for its lighthearted shows.

"We truly do enjoy playing the '80s for people," said Caradonna, whose son attends school at St. Agatha. "The concept just blossomed into this '80s revival event -- people want to take a step back in time, whether they were in high school, college or elsewhere during that decade."

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