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New sounds join favorites in library's concert series

The Professors kick off Music on the Lawn Tuesday, June 4


The Music on the Lawn concert series returns for its 28th season Tuesday, June 4, with a performance by the Professors, a supergroup featuring members of 1960s Columbus bands the Dantes, the Dominions and the Mods.

That concert and others in the series will begin at 7:30 p.m. on the lawn at the Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave.

The lineup includes "a lot of favorite bands people have liked from previous Music on the Lawn concerts and a few new ones as well," said Canaan Faulkner, the library's coordinator of adult programs and web content. "We like to mix it up."

One of the new additions to the lineup is jazz pianist, singer and two-time Emmy Award-winner Dave Powers, who will perform June 18.

Powers is a well-known Columbus musician who has been a member of the Jazz Arts Group of Columbus and a featured artist with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra.

"He's really a lot of fun, very family-friendly," Faulkner said. "There's a funny video on YouTube of Dave playing a duet with himself (of Powerhouse) that he did for a piano instruction series. He won his Emmy awards from being part of that show."

Other performers featured in this year's Music on the Lawn series are:

* The Conspiracy Band, June 11.

* The British Invasion, June 25.

* The Randys, July 2.

* Agent 99, July 9.

* The Majestics Quartet, a classic soul/rock band formed in the 1960s by Upper Arlington High School students, July 16.

* Arnett Howard's Band, July 23.

* Flying Lama, a rock band featuring Grandview dads Jack Liberatore and Rick Van Deusen, July 30.

Music on the Lawn is coordinated by the library and the Grandview Heights Parks and Recreation Department.

There is no rain location.

The library will offer a variety of activities during the summer, including a performance of the parody The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) at 7 p.m. next Thursday, June 6, on the library's lawn.

"The Carriage Place Players have been performing this show for us the past few years, and it's a very funny take on Shakespeare," Faulkner said.

The show is co-presented by Grandview Parks and Recreation.

On June 30, the library will host another outdoor concert featuring Grammy-nominated children's musician Justin Roberts. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. on the library lawn stage.

"This is a performer St. Luke's United Methodist Church is presenting," Faulkner said. "His shows have become so popular, they outgrew the space, they have so they asked us if we could host it. We always enjoy working with groups in the community to offer programs at the library."

The library's next film festival, featuring the British films of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, will begin Monday, June 3, in the library meeting room.

The series will run each Monday through June 24.

"The outdoor events are great, but during the hot summer, sometimes it's nice to be able to come into the air conditioning and watch some wonderful movies," Faulkner said. "Our film festivals are getting more and more popular."

Another film festival, "Song & Dance Men," will feature the films of Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire and begin July 8, running each Monday through Aug. 12.

For more information about upcoming library programs, visit