The Pickerington Senior Center kicks off its 2014 Summer Music Series, sponsored by Fairfield Federal, Thursday, June 26 with the Diamond Brothers Band featuring Jonny Pond.
Fans of '50s and '60s music such as that from Chuck Berry and Jan and Dean need look no farther than the Diamond Brothers, said Marjorie Sherrod, the Center's Outreach Specialist.
"They are excellent, they're one of our most popular bands," Sherrod said. "People come down and dance, have a lot of conversation and fun, it's just a wonderful night out."
Included in the $8 entrance fee is a baked potato/salad bar with dessert, coffee and iced tea. Tickets must be purchased in advance before Monday, June 23, at the Pickerington Senior Center, 150 Hereford Drive.
Two other concerts are also on the agenda this summer. They are:
• The Z Sharp Big Band, at 7 p.m. July 24, preceded by an Ice Cream Social at 5:30 p.m.
The Z Sharp Big Band is a 19-piece big band playing the music of Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman.
Tickets for that show must be purchased by July 21 at the Senior Center.
• 3-C Highway Band, at 7 p.m. Aug. 28, preceded by a Smorgasbord Dinner Buffet catered by professional chef Kevin Luzader at 5:30 p.m.
Cost is $11.50 per person and tickets must be purchased by Aug. 18 at the Senior Center.
The theme of the evening is entitled "A Musical Road to the Classics!"
"(3-C Highway Band) is a real good band and very popular," Sherrod said.
She said all the acts are top notch, "first-class" entertainment accompanied by great food.
"It's all inclusive, meaning you don't have to leave a tip," Sherrod said.
She said the Summer Music Series is not just for senior citizens, but rather people of all ages are welcome to come and enjoy an affordable night out.
Sherrod said it is a great way, however, to get seniors out to socialize.
"Socialization is really important to seniors," she said.
"Many of them have lost their spouses so they are living alone or living with younger family members that don't necessarily understand their generation," she said.
Music often serves as a catalyst for allowing people to relax and enjoy themselves, she said.
"Come in, enjoy the show and get a good meal," Sherrod said.
For more information about the Fairfield Federal 2014 Summer Music Series at the Pickerington Senior Center, call 614-837-3020.