When the Comstock Neighborhood Council organized its first Come Together at Comstock celebration in 2002, the concept was to gather in memory of the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
“They are as much our neighbors as our next-door neighbors, they just live across the country,” said Kathie Huff, communications officer for the Comstock Neighborhood Council.
This year’s free event has a broader meaning: to show support for those serving overseas and at home.
Come Together at Comstock, which is Saturday from 1 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., also has expanded to include all-day entertainment with seven local bands, along with a guest speaker and free root beer floats. Representatives from the police and fire departments and Fairchild Air Force Base will be on hand.
The public is invited to bring picnic baskets, blankets and chairs and enjoy a community day at Comstock Park. Food vendors will be stationed at the event as well.
The keynote speaker is John Borek, a tech sergeant for the Air National Guard who spent 99 days in Iraq holding memorial services for fallen servicemen and women.
Here’s the lineup of musical acts scheduled to perform:
• 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.: Living Room Bluegrass, a group of family and friends that plays traditional bluegrass and folk music with tinges of country.
• 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.: Don’t Fret It, a traditional bluegrass band.
• 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.: Meridian, a young and up-and-coming acoustic folk duo.
• 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.: Placebo, a guitar and drums duo.
• 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.: Kenneth Andrews, local Popstar winner and well-known gospel singer, singing the National Anthem; keynote speaker Borek.
• 5:30 to 6:15 p.m.: The Side Project, one of Spokane’s most popular acoustic groups.
• 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.: 2 For 2, husband and wife singer-songwriters.
Rain or shine, music will be in the park throughout the event, thanks to the Spokane Symphony, which donated its Band Shell stage covering.
In the past couple of years, the event was attended by as many as 500 residents and lasted about two hours. With this year’s Come Together running for nearly seven hours, Huff expects the turnout to double.
“Families are welcome to bring games, volleyball, badminton, and come out and get to know your neighbors,” Huff said. “Originally, that’s what this was meant to be about,” Huff said.