Northwest Library's outdoor concert season appeals to all the senses: the sight of brightly colored blankets, the sound of children laughing, the feel of grass underfoot, the taste and smell of a picnic dinner.

Northwest Library's outdoor concert season appeals to all the senses: the sight of brightly colored blankets, the sound of children laughing, the feel of grass underfoot, the taste and smell of a picnic dinner.

Say hello to summer by bringing your family and experiencing the fun. All performances start at 7 pm. In the event of rain, concerts will be held in the library, 2280 Hard Road.

Garnering rave reviews throughout Ohio and the surrounding states, Lone Raven, which will kick off the series on June 4, performs an eclectic blend of traditional music from the Celtic lands as well as their own original compositions.

With more than 30 instruments on stage, the group soars through everything from fiery Irish reels to gypsy fiddle tunes to haunting airs. In addition, their highly acclaimed vocal stylings are showcased throughout, featuring rich harmonies, with songs in both English and Irish Gaelic, among others.

If you're looking for a swingin' rhythm and old timey flavor, look no further. On June 25, the Back Porch Swing Band combines the talents of five notable musicians responsible for the tapping of thousands of feet across Ohio for the last 15 years.

The band specializes in Western swing, but plays several musical styles ranging from Appalachian tunes, blues, old country and folk, to swing music from the 1920s-'40s.

On July 30, cartoons take center stage as Northwest Library summer concert veterans, the Scioto Valley Brass & Percussion Company, perform selections from beloved animated works.

Closing out the concert season, the brass band will perform songs like "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" from the movie "Fantasia," the Pink Panther theme, pieces from the Bugs Bunny classic, "What's Opera, Doc?" and more.

Northwest Library's summer concert season is sponsored by the Friends Foundation of Worthington Libraries.

Hillary Kline