A lineup of some of the area's top bands and food from area restaurants could make Worthington's Concerts on the Green the venue for summer's Sunday nights.
"Our goal is to make it more of a festival atmosphere," said Rob Mottice, who was hired by the city to rev up the summer concert series this year.
Mottice is a longtime Worthington resident who manages the Worthington Youth Booster program. He also is a musician with ties to the local music scene and said he was glad to lend his expertise to bring a little pizzazz to the concerts.
The Sunday evening concerts are a longstanding tradition in Worthington. Mostly, they draw a crowd of young families and older residents.
The new emphasis will be on attracting a younger crowd, Mottice said.
"It's important we reach everyone," he said. "We hope to bring people in from outside Worthington to show them what we have to offer."
In the past, musical acts were signed up as they came to the city. This year, Mottice went out and hired some of the top names in the central Ohio music scene.
He also has lined up four restaurants, each of which will sell a limited menu of items during the concerts. Next year, food trucks might be added, he said.
Four special Saturday concerts also are planned. Sunday concerts begin at 7 p.m.
The season kicks off this Sunday, May 18, with the Thomas Worthington High School symphonic band and wind ensemble.
On May 25, the popular Dwight Lenox will play big band, swing and jazz standards.
June 1 will bring the Worthington Civic Bank playing light classical, show tunes and marches.
On June 8, the band will be Erika Hughes & The Well Mannered.
Sean Carney will play the blues June 15.
On June 29, Worthington's Pizza Primo will provide the food during the concert by Angela Perley & The Howlin' Moons.
The July 6 concert will be by the Ladies of Longford, featuring Celtic/Irish music.
On July 13, Dewey's Pizza will provide the food during a Beatles tribute concert by Worthington musician Parker MacDonell & Friends.
The High Street Stompers will play July 20.
Bluegrass band The Wayfarers will play July 27.
Latin jazz fusion band Clave Sonic will play Aug. 3.
On Aug. 10, local singer-songwriter Matt Munhall will entertain with a mix of folk, blues, jazz and pop rock music.
The series will close Aug. 17 with The Randys, who will play rock, pop and country music.
Rivage Atlantique, the popular downtown Worthington restaurant, will provide food at one of the Sunday concerts. No decision has been made on which one.
The Saturday concerts begin June 14 with a Summer in the 614 concert featuring Hebdo, Molly Winters Band, Jared Mahone and Josh Krajcik. Hours for that concert are 4 to 8:30 p.m.
At 6 p.m. June 12, children of all ages will enjoy The Shazzbots! Worthington Dairy Queen will sell ice cream during the concert.
At 7 p.m. Aug. 9, the Ohio State University Marching Band will play.
The final Saturday concert will be Aug. 16, when the Ohio 122nd Army Band will play at 7 p.m.