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IWAKUNI MARINE CORPS AIR STATION, Japan — Unless you crave melodies from a classical string quartet or a polka band, the third annual MCAS Iwakuni Summer Music Festival should satisfy your musical palette.

The festival, scheduled for Sept. 13 from 6 p.m. to midnight on the lawn next to Club Iwakuni, features tunes from musical genres including Latin, rock, contemporary rock, Top 40 and country, according to Doriann Geller, spokeswoman for Iwakuni’s Marine Corps Community Services division.

The performers include the rock band 8-Ball, country performer Charlie Nagatani, the Latin sounds of Novia, Top 40 from Mary’s Band and contemporary rock from Running with Scissors.

Along with MCCS, Stars and Stripes and NTT Communications sponsor the festival.

“Stars and Stripes is very happy to be a sponsor, and we hope everybody can come out and enjoy what is sure to be an exciting couple of days,” said Darian Wilson, Stars and Stripes marketing director for the Pacific region.

“A lot of work has gone into planning this event to ensure something for everybody, and it should be better than ever for those who can join us.”

Last year’s attendance was more than 600, including quite a few Japanese music enthusiasts.

“The Japanese are welcome to come out again. The guys can bring their girlfriends; the girls can bring boyfriends. And base personnel with friends out in town are welcome to sign them in for that evening,” Geller said Thursday.

The music festival, like several other regularly scheduled MCCS-sponsored events on the air station, is free.

Even the food is free this year, and beverages including sodas and cold beer will be sold.

“This summer music festival is the kickoff for an Iwakuni MCCS public relations campaign called ‘Working for You,’” Geller explained. “MCCS, as you know, also operates retail facilities, and we want to stress that money made in the retail establishments goes to help make these free events possible.”

In case of inclement weather, the festival will take place in the MAC Dome.

“But if it is anything like it’s been the last two years, we expect gorgeous weather that evening,” Geller noted.

“It’s going to be a great event, and a lot of people are anticipating and looking forward to it,” she added.

For more information about the Iwakuni Summer Music Festival, call the Special Events department of MCCS at 253-6103, or on the Internet go to http://www.mccsiwakuni.com.

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