A new summer concert series will kick off at 5 p.m. Friday, June 7, at Creekside.
The Gahanna Parks and Recreation Foundation is presenting "Creekside Live at Five," with popular regional bands in the Midwest, for a festive, happy-hour environment.
Kicking off the series will be After Midnight, a classic-rock band bringing music of the 1970s, such as Kiss, Led Zeppelin, KC & the Sunshine Band and the Bee Gees.
The band comprises five music industry veterans who have shared the stage with the likes of Kansas, Eddie Money and Confederate Railroad.
Other scheduled bands include The Ark Band (reggae), June 21; Jersey (Springsteen tribute), July 5; The Reaganomics (1980s rock), July 19; The Prodigals (Irish rock), Aug. 2; John Schwab Party Band (party variety), Aug. 16; Grassinine (mountain rock), Sept. 6; and Capital Sound (soul/funk), Sept. 20.
"We're excited to be having this concert series to highlight the Creekside district, to give awareness to the mission of the Gahanna Parks and Recreation Foundation and, most importantly, provide a community outreach for residents and visitors to socialize in a fun, summer atmosphere," said Lee Tucker, Gahanna Parks and Recreation Foundation president.
"Creekside Live at Five will really let the community know what our foundation does," he said. "We help support camp scholarships for Gahanna youth; we support public art in the community and provide funds for park improvements."
Every concert event begins at 5 p.m. with disc jockey Brad Hudson. Live music from the Rotary Stage begins at 7 p.m.
Creekside Live at Five is being sponsored by Yuengling, Strathmore Development Co. and Donatos.
"Strathmore has a long history of supporting the arts and festivals that help bring communities together," said Terry Benton, vice president of real estate for Strathmore. "We are pleased once again to support the dedicated volunteers at the Gahanna Parks & Recreation Foundation after watching everyone have such a nice time at last September's Friday after Five fundraising event.
A variety of food from local vendors, including Creekside-area restaurants, will be available for sale.
Alcohol sales cover cost of event expenses, and net proceeds go back to the Gahanna Parks & Recreation Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides camp scholarships, park improvements and public art to the Gahanna community.
The foundation requests that guests refrain from bringing pets and carry-in alcohol to the event. Additionally, no soliciting will be allowed, and coolers, bags and packs, including purses, are subject to search.