Granville concerts kick off with new act

B y Jaime Thomas

With warm weather comes music in the park, and the 2013 Summer Concert Series in Granville kicks off next week.

The weekly event gives area residents a chance to enjoy a summer evening outdoors, while listening to music and visiting with their neighbors, and all for free, Assistant Village Clerk Denise Davies said.

“It’s amazing because you see kids playing ball and running around, and you see two or three generations of families out on blankets and lawn chairs; it’s a fun, fun night,” Davies said.

The series opens with one of several new acts this year, the Starline Rhythm Boys on June 6. This Vermont-based trio will play what they describe as a rockabilly, country-style show. One of the other new acts, Gypsy Reel, is strong, Celtic-type music.

“We’re always looking for something different,” Davies said.

The following week, on June 13, will be Blue and Gold night. Granville students will have a chance to show off their musical talent and entertain their community while doing so. The kids will reprise their recent spring concert, which includes a wide range of selections. Among the songs will be “Joy to the World” (Jeremiah was a bullfrog edited version), “Listen to the Music” by the Doobie Brothers, some Rascal Flatts, Owl City, Bon Jovi and a mash-up arranged by Brent Tuttle, among others.

Throughout the rest of the summer on Thursday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m., there will be a variety of other returning favorites. The shows will range from the New York Players, a big band and Motown band to Freedom Hawk, a local group offering a combination of rock styles and country. Davies said Granville is fortunate to have these performers, some of whom are well-known, to play at a free, open venue.

At each concert, local girl scouts will sell hot dogs, candy, baked goods, soda and water, and Stewart’s Shops will sell ice cream. Also, at three of the concerts, on June 6 and 27 and Aug. 8, the Masons will hold chicken barbeques. Davies said 50/50 tickets will be sold as well, with the proceeds helping support concerts and other events.

She said the concerts are family-oriented, and officials love to see parents and children either staying for the whole show or stopping by for a bit.

The concerts take place in Veterans Memorial Park and are canceled when it rains. Due to the holiday, there will be a show on Wednesday, July 3 instead of that Thursday.

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