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Music review: 706 Union

| Tuesday, July 5, 2005

What better way to spend the Fourth of July weekend than listening to a mélange of American music• The western Pennsylvania band 706 Union performed at the Westmoreland Arts and Heritage Festival Sunday afternoon, their American roots music keeping time as the audience clapped and tapped their toes.

Bill "Slingblade" Allen and Dave “The Diesel” Zielinski shared vocal and guitar duties through the rockabilly set of originals and covers. Brian "The Plowboy" Mizikar and Jerry "The Moneyman" Coyne kept the rhythms tight on bass and drums, respectively.

The 706 Union's music was a melting pot of styles: Latin rhythms mixing with swinging bass lines stirred in with sultry blues. One surf-rock song even featured a nudge-nudge "Stairway to Heaven" tease that seemed lost on some of the crowd. A cover of Credence Clearwater Revival's "Suzie Q" melted seamlessly into "Born on the Bayou" as Allen picked the latter's mesmerizing intro.

The show benefited from pleasant weather, a break from the "smoky bars" most local bands are used to.

Zielinski's young daughter shared the stage with the band for a few songs, and friends of the band were greeted by name in between choruses.

The 706 Union will be at Wicked Witches in Cheswick July 8.

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