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Photo by Jake McNeill Lead singer Carolyn Curfman hits high notes as Sweet Siren entertains the Sounds of Summer crowd on Thursday night.

MARSHALL — Sweet Siren kicked off the music scene at this year’s Marshall Sounds of Summer on Thursday night when they performed on the stage in front of Memorial Park.

The concert attracted audiences of all ages. A group of a dozen young children danced in front of the stage with their mothers, running and jumping like the Energizer Bunny. Others simply watched from the picnic tables lined up throughout the venue, soaking up the music while enjoying a snack from one of the many local food trucks parked at the entrance to the venue.

The annual music festival is something that attracts locals every year, regardless of their musical tastes, said Ross Anderson, who has lived in Marshall for 22 years now. Anderson said no matter who is playing, he always enjoys walking down the street and joining in the festivities.

Sweet Siren mainly plays rock covers, but not necessarily rock music. Often they took songs like Lady Gaga’s “Applause” and arranged it in such a way that the loud electric guitar bends the genre to something beyond pop. Plus, they’ve added some country classics, such as Florida-Georgia Line’s “Cruise”

Sweet Sirens took the stage with a number of more nationally recognized artists, such as Bret Michaels and .38 special, and it certainly showed in their showmanship. The harsh parking lot lights were just an afterthought when pierced by the colored spotlights and lasers projected from the stage.

They emerged from the clouds of fog onto the stage at 8:20 p.m. and opened with a cover of Pitbull and Ke$ha’s 2013 hit,“Carpentry.” With around a few hundred people inside, the parking lot wasn’t full, but those in attendance were clearly energized by the performance.

Kara Berkner, who has been at the festival for the past few years, said she was much more excited for this year’s performance. Having come in previous years, she listened to Sweet Siren’s music beforehand, thinking the organizers made a particularly good decision when booking this year.

Not everyone was so familiar with the festival. Chase Jackson, 29, said he enjoyed listening to music this year because, although he had a good experience last year, music was not central to his memories of the festival.

“I actually came to Marshall just before it happened last year,” said Jackson. “It was a little overwhelming for me, but I met a lot of people in the city coming here.”

The music will continue Saturday night with a performance by Time Machine at 9:00 p.m. with fireworks at 10:00 p.m.

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