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Magic Bus a feature in Bothell’s Music in the Park

Members of Magic Bus are set to perform for Bothell’s Music in the Park Concert Series on Aug. 22. Magic Bus is a retro-rock and roll band based from Seattle that have been playing all over the country, including this venue, for years. - Courtesy Photo
Members of Magic Bus are set to perform for Bothell’s Music in the Park Concert Series on Aug. 22. Magic Bus is a retro-rock and roll band based from Seattle that have been playing all over the country, including this venue, for years.
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A retro-rock and roll band based in Seattle is coming back to perform at Bothell’s Music in the Park Concert Series this year.

“We’ve played at the concert series in Bothell many times and always had a wonderful time,” said Lynn Sorensen, lead singer. “There’s always a great turn out and an amazing energy from the crowd.”

This is the 29th year for Music in the Park. This year, the city of Bothell added Gobble food truck for the audience’s dining pleasure.

“We strive to provide a broad range of music; something for everyone and every age,” said Patricia Parkhurst, recreation and park planning manager for the city of Bothell. “While everyone has their favorites, we also try to mix it up. This year we have two bands that are returning, Miles from Chicago and Magic Bus.”

Formed by Sorensen in 1992, Magic Bus has traveled throughout North America for 21 years performing every kind of venue and event. Their travel list includes their first show at the Moose Lodge in Port Angeles, Wash., to the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Cleveland.

“We consider ourselves to be a sort of hippie revival band,” Sorenson said. “We have go-go girls on stage dancing, we dress up as hippies and we cover some amazing songs.”

As the years have come and gone, Magic Bus has become a fun project for some of the band members who are also internationally touring musicians. Sorenson has toured the world as former bassist with the original Bad Company and also with Paul Rodgers solo band. Jeff Kathan, drummer, also formerly toured with Paul Rodgers in the Paul Rodgers solo band. Steve Hanna, on guitar, keys and vocals, and Jon Memolo, on guitar and vocals, round out the group. Sorenson and Kathan also play in a Seattle favorite, Spike and the Impalers, with members of the KJR radio morning show as well as some other projects.

Bothell’s Music in the Park Concert Series is from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 15 and 22. It is at North Creek Sportsfield #3, located at 11905 North Creek Parkway S.

Aug. 15 features the band Mr. Pink and a Millennial mash-up. It is sponsored by Ivar’s Seafood Bar.

Aug. 22 features Magic Bus and Psychedelic Rock. It is sponsored by Banner Bank.

For more information, visit www.ci.bothell.wa.us/.

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