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By Rachel Basinger
Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
 

The Summer Concert series at the Gazebo Parklet in Scottdale continues at 7 p.m. Friday with the sounds of the Del Sols.

Led by guitar player and vocalist Gene McFadden, the group plays mostly covers from the classic rock and “oldies” genre.

McFadden is joined by his son Geno McFadden, who plays drums and helps with vocals, and Marcus Gemas, who plays bass and also contributes with vocals.

Gene McFadden said the band actually started about 20 years ago when he and a friend who played music decided to get together and form a band.

The members of the band are different these days, but it's still going strong.

Although the group has played at the Mt. Pleasant Glass & Ethnic Festival, Lion's Square in Connellsville and other surrounding venues, Gene McFadden said this will be the first time they have played in Scottdale, other than clubs such as the Eagles or the Moose.

Besides their main genre of music, Gene McFadden said there really is something for everyone at their concerts.

“We get a mixed crowd,” he said. “We do a few country songs as well. We want to give a well-rounded show so that everyone can enjoy the concert.”

But he added the Del Sols don't really play heavy metal or anything out of the ordinary.

“We do music that appeals to the general public,” Gene McFadden said. “I've been playing for years, so I know what makes people get up and leave, and we try to stay away from that.”

Gene McFadden added he loves everything about performing.

“I have friends in most of the areas where we perform and I love when they come out and we get to perform for and visit with them,” he said.

The remaining concert series is as follows:

• Aug. 1 — The Wally Ginger Orchestra,

• Aug. 8 — Sugar Mountain,

• Aug. 15 — Sammy Brooks Band.

All of the concerts are free to the public.

Rachel Basinger is a contributing writer.

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