The Upper Arlington Cultural Arts Division's annual ode to summer will return next week, when its summer concert series in Sunny 95 Park kicks off June 5.
Dating back to the 1970s, a portion of the city of Upper Arlington's and the UA Cultural Arts Division's programming has brought live music to the community in an outdoor setting to help celebrate the summer and creativity.
This year, the Cultural Arts Division's Music in the Parks series will kick off with performances by two Upper Arlington-based bands, Midnight Coast and Water Towers, at 7 p.m. June 5 in the Jake Will Amphitheater at the Amelita Mirolo Barn at Sunny 95 Park, 4395 Carriage Hill Lane.
Concerts will take place at the park every Thursday through July 31 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. All are free, and guests are invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on.
In the event of rain, the performances will be moved inside.
"A great community deserves great art, and the Cultural Arts Commission plans a variety of art opportunities for the UA community it serves," UA Cultural Arts Manager Lynette Santoro-Au said.
"Summer concerts are a family-oriented, alcohol-free event.
"Listening to live music, close to home, is one of the wonderful benefits of living in Upper Arlington," she said. "We have wonderful project pARTners including the Ohio Arts Council, the UA Community Foundation, WOSU, Huffman's Market and PageTech Limited, whose generous support makes community events like this possible."
This year's Music in the Parks series features:
• June 12, Kavan, an Elvis Presley impersonator.
• June 19, Iminoff, a Columbus-based hip-hop performer.
• June 26, The Floorwalkers, a Columbus-based Indie soul band.
• July 10, Angela Perley and the Howlin' Moons, who play Americana rock.
• July 17, Camp Rock, student rock musicians.
• July 24, Jazz in July with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra (CJO).
• July 31, Buckles and Boots, described by the band as "driving Gypsi folk."
"This year, the Cultural Arts Commission's Performing Arts Committee planned some new experiences for our audience, including student musicians at the June 5 and July 17 concerts, an Elvis impersonator at the June 12 concert and hip-hop at the June 19 concert," Santoro-Au said.
Music in the Parks also will continue a tradition started last year by bringing back the Jazz in July event.
At the July 24 concert, patrons can mingle with CJO musicians at a backstage reception for $25. That admission fee also includes refreshments and VIP parking and seating at the concert.
Santoro-Au also noted the July 31 concert is being offered following a new partnership between the Cultural Arts Commission and the Ohiolina Music Festival, which she said is a "family-friendly celebration of music and culture from Ohio and North Carolina.
"(Ohiolina) is organized by UA resident Chris Koenig and takes place on Aug. 30 in Mount Vernon, Ohio," she said. "The July 31 concert is a sneak peek of the annual event."
Additional information about the Music in the Parks series is available at uaoh.net/culturalarts/division.php?fDD=65-399.