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New Song Commemorates Grand Re-Opening of Town Point Park

“A Park for All the Good People” debuts at Harborfest Opening Ceremonies

July 3, 2009 -- 30+ years ago, Hampton Roads-based entertainer Ken Hicks wrote a song to “All the Good People” in his life.  It became an instant folk classic.

At about the same time, the waterfront of downtown Norfolk was reborn through a series of events beginning with the American Bicentennial, visits by tall ships, the birth of Norfolk Harborfest, and, finally, the construction of Waterside and Town Point Park.

On July 3, Town Point Park and its memorials will be reopened and rededicated in a major event culminating the opening ceremonies for Harborfest 2009, the East Coast’s premiere waterfront festival.

At that ceremony, Tidewater Troubadour Bob Zentz, and his daughter, singer-songwriter Skye Zentz, will sing a new version of Hicks’ classic, entitled “A Park for All the Good People.”  The ceremony will be held at 2:00 pm on the Main Stage at Town Point Park. Admission is free to the public.

Bob Zentz took the lead on penning new lyrics for the rededication, assisted by daughter Skye on verses relating to her experiences growing up around the Park.  Other lyrics were provided by Hicks, a longtime friend and colleague of Bob’s, and Jeanne McDougall, an L.A.-based singer-songwriter and Hampton Roads native who has collaborated with Bob on several projects.

Lyrics to “A Park for All the Good People” are available online in the Bob Zentz Songbook, at http://www.bobzentz.com/songbook/a.park.good.people.htm

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For five decades, Bob Zentz has been at the heart of the Hampton Roads traditional music scene.  The Norfolk native performs internationally yet still lives and performs in his hometown, and is active in nurturing the next generation of traditional music performers, in the belief that the future of our world depends upon our youth, and music.  Information about Bob's music, life, friends, performances, and programs for all ages – elementary school to elders – is available at www.bobzentz.com

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