MARQUEE - Colorblind headlines Muddy Frogwater

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Three racing frogs head back to the starting boxes. August 21, 2004

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Flower girl Sierra Saldana (4-years-old) finds the camera when she looks away from a Premier Martial Arts demonstration at this year's Muddy Frogwater. (8/19/06)

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Aidan Stiller, 5, laughs hysterically as Izzy the camel nibbles carrot slices out of his hand at this years Muddy Frogwater festival Saturday, August 15, 2009 Saturday, August 15, 2009

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Aspen White, 10, plants her face straight in to her slice of watermelon during the first annual watermelon eating contest at Muddy Frogwater. (8/18/07)

MILTON-FREEWATER -- You would have to be color blind to miss this year's Muddy Frogwater Country Classic Festival feature band on Friday night.

The reason? The five-piece band has instruments spanning the rainbow, with bright colors and ironically claiming their name, Colorblind. The name was born when the band was practicing nearly a decade ago and one member's wife commented on the bright colors of the instruments.

With so many bright colors she said you would have to be color blind to not see them. The name stuck and the band with their new name began playing for weddings, high school reunions, private parties and bars. They are also asked to open for bands that travel through the area on occasion.

The Tri-Cities based band aims to play music that people recognize and enjoy dancing to. This is the first time Colorblind has played for Milton-Freewater's festival and are excited for the new opportunity.

"We like to get the crowd involved," said Buddy Bentz, the manager and drummer for Colorblind. Our show will be a family friendly event that caters to kids, he said, we like to bring people up on stage.

The band was selected for their high energy and interaction with audiences after they were spotted at a earlier performance by a committee member who helps select the music for the weekend. Another draw to invite Colorblind was Dave Warner, one member of the band who grew up in Milton-Freewater. The selection committee likes to invite groups who have a strong tie to the Valley, and Colorblind has just that.

Band members Dave Warner, Buddy Bentz, John Hasson, Keith Schmaljohn and Johnny Strait also work with an organization called the Arc of Tri-Cities. The Arc is a non-profit organization that works with people who have developmental disabilities. Their goal is to assist developmentally disabled individuals and their families to realize "their goals of where and how they learn, live, work and play."

One event the Arc of Tri-Cities offers each year is a prom for participants in the program. Colorblind has been involved for several years playing the music for the Arc's prom and say it's one of their most fun events.

"We donate our time to go do that event," Bentz said.

For more information about Colorblind visit www.musicbycolorblind.com and for more information about the Muddy Frogwater Country Classic Festival visit www.muddyfrogwaterfestival.com.

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