Sundays at Scioto free concerts kick off June 9
The 30th year of the Dublin Arts Council's summer concert series will see a more festive atmosphere.
The Sundays at Scioto summer concert series will run June 9 through July 28, offering up food trucks, ice cream and music.
The free concerts run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. every Sunday in the Scioto Park amphitheater, 7377 Riverside Drive.
"I think the most notable thing is we have food carts this year," said David Guion, the Dublin Arts Council's executive director.
"They're bringing in a new element in addition to Jeni's Ice Cream."
Toting a picnic to the summer concerts has long been encouraged, but Guion said Dublin City Councilman John Reiner suggested adding food trucks.
"It will be more of a celebration with food and ice cream," he said.
Entertainment runs the gamut as bands will offer blues, rock, country and other musical stylings.
"It's a great lineup," Guion said.
"The board has done a terrific job in selecting bands this year.
"We get together every fall and make decisions," Guion said.
"It's nice to get community input (through the board)."
The Ladies of Longford, a frequent Dublin Irish Festival feature, will kick the series off June 9. The band includes Hilda Doyle, a Dublin resident, and her daughters.
"There's been some interest in some Irish or Celtic music," Guion said.
"It's leading up to the Irish festival. It's important to keep the flavor of Ireland."
Eric Dove & Green Light Go will return to the series June 16 with country rock, classic rock and original songs.
June 23, the Hadden Sayers Band will bring blues to Scioto Park and Yumbambe will follow June 30 with Latin music.
July 7, a 16-piece big band will bring on the sounds of the past when Swing's the Thing plays tunes from Count Basie, Glenn Miller and Duke Ellington. The Reaganomics will cover 1980s hits July 14.
The six-piece Ohio rock band, the Floorwalkers, will take the amphitheater stage July 21.
"I think the Floorwalkers will probably be a real highlight for me," Guion said, noting the band has taken honors by being voted best band in local surveys.
Guion said the band's scheduled performance last year was rained out.
Perennial favorites, the British Invasion, will wrap up the series July 28 with music from the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Herman's Hermits and other 1960s bands.
The show also draws classic cars and the park usually closes as it reaches capacity.
The free event that brings tunes to Scioto Park every summer is supported by federal and state funding, hotel/motel tax funds and sponsors.
"There are new sponsors for this year, which is unusual for us," Guion said.
"State Farm and Marysville Honda are sponsors this year," he said.
"Companies are interested in supporting these local bands and supporting the arts council.
"It's refreshing that people are supporting us in this time when we really need the funding," Guion said.
For more details on the Sundays at Scioto concert series, look online at dublinarts.org.
Information about cancellations or delays because of inclement weather can be found by calling 614-889-7444 or online.