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Free concert set for this Saturday at Northgate Park
Jim Anderson and the Rebels will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at Northgate Park. The show will be streamed live via the Internet. - photo by Photo Contributed


• WHAT: Concert featuring Jim Anderson and the Rebels followed by a free screening of “The Karate Kid.”
• WHERE: Northgate Park
• WHEN: Saturday at 7 p.m., with movie following at 9 p.m.
• COST: Free

Jim Anderson and the Rebels is an Elvis Presley tribute band.

The Karate Kid starring Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan is a 2010 remake of the popular 1984 movie with the same name.

Both are part of this Saturday’s Movies in the Park series finale scheduled at Northgate Park.

The community event is free, with those attending encouraged to bring their lawn chair and/ or blanket. Outside food is allowed but alcohol beverages are prohibited. A snack stand will also be available.

Anderson, who is scheduled to perform at 7 p.m. – the movie, “The Karate Kid”, will follow – is a 1986 graduate of East Union High and a former law enforcement officer.

Music has always been his passion.

He was raised in Manteca, coming here back when he was a fifth-grade student. Not long after his father Ted was stricken with Lou Gehrig’s disease – he lived with the disease for 23 years – and Anderson learned at a rather young age not to take anything for granted.

In his senior year, he took to the stage for the first time, performing at a variety show.

Anderson not only enjoyed performing but continued to do so at other venues. He immediately was booked at small places and worked his way up to play in front of larger audiences.

He decided to step away from the stage in 1992 to pursue a career in law enforcement.

Anderson was an officer with the Sonora Police Department and a deputy with the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department. He retired due to injuries sustained in the line of duty.

His health became an issue over the years as he underwent several surgeries. Along the way, he was diagnosed with a life-threatening large blood clot.

Along his long road to recovery, Anderson found his way back to music.

He had longed to perform again, even during his days as a deputy.

“I am truly excited to be coming back to the stage,” he said on his website, “I have missed it severely and it has always been my first passion.”

Anderson enjoys playing Country, Boogie Woogie, Rockabilly, Blues and Gospel. His influences include Muddy Waters, Etta James, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, and, of course, Elvis, to name a few.

In addition, he’s planning his first album entitled, “Unfinished Business.”

The Jim Anderson and the Rebels concert is a DeCristo Productions and made possible by Fred White.

The show will be streamed live via Internet.

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