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July 2, 2013 > Fremont band park-hopping tour

Fremont band park-hopping tour

By Miranda Everitt

Without warning is exactly how they showed up, seven times at seven Tri-City parks, delivering acoustic music and delighting those lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time.

Fremont band "Dog Without Warning" has been playing shows across the Bay Area for the past four years, mostly electric rock shows. But for their latest project, they've unplugged and decided to celebrate the self-release of their CD "Bark" by playing a park-hopping tour across Fremont, Newark, and Union City - all in one day.

The album has been described by Austin reviewer Joe Wolfe-Mazres as a "rollicking good time," and that's what they shared with the public on May 26.

At Crandall Creek, Dog Without Warning serenaded kids at play. At their second stop in Union City, the Burmese Water Festival led to a change in plans - a show beneath the BART tracks. One train in each direction meant brief pauses.

After a quick stop at Lake Elizabeth, the band played Miller's grandmother-in-law's front yard, to a glowing review ("It's the best surprise in 83 years!")

At the Mission Peak trailhead, they braved an errant hang glider and wandering cows; hikers stopped to capture the moment on their phones. Their final set at Birch Grove in Newark was a happy interruption to a family kickball game.

This is the seventh self-produced album from Dog Without Warning, and the first all-acoustic one.

"We like to let the songs dictate the style," said Dustin Miller, the band's singer and guitar player. "After the great response to recent acoustic shows we've played, we decided to embrace the style on a recording. Naturally, that pulled us into some really fun stylistic directions."

The opening song, "Chili," tells the story of a couple's disagreement over regional chili recipes with a country-comedy flourish. Guitarist Tom Fields was inspired to write the song after discovering that Texas chili is traditionally made without beans. The debate is dear to his heart, as the band has passed his Champagne Chili recipe back and forth over the years. (It does have beans.)

Jeremy Beck plays drums and Kevin Costa plays bass and sings for the band, which has played together in the Bay Area since 2009.

The band plays local shows at the Mojo Lounge in Fremont, The Bistro in Hayward, and Love at First Slice in Newark. They play each year at the AIDS Walk in San Francisco and will be playing at Newark's Relay for Life this year on Saturday, July 20.

To learn more about the band, listen to the album, and find out about local shows, visit online at music.dogwithoutwarning.com.

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