Gahanna residents can enjoy outdoor concerts every week this summer thanks to the Creekside Live concert series that kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday, June 9, and Music in the Park that is back by popular demand at Friendship Park.

The Gahanna Recreation & Parks Department invites the community to enjoy live music and entertainment in the heart of downtown Gahanna at Creekside Live.

Presented by Lew Griffin Insurance, this year's series will be held every second and fourth Friday, June 9 through Aug. 25, at Creekside Plaza, 117 Mill St. Concerts are set for 6 to 10 p.m.

Sponsored by Toyota Direct with Make Gahanna Yours, in conjunction with the city of Gahanna Parks and Recreation Department, the Music in the Park concert series is held on alternate weeks of Creekside Live from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Friendship Park, 150 Oklahoma Ave.

Creekside Live opens with the Lee Gantt Duo and the American country rock band McGuffey Lane.

"We will be playing songs from all of our albums, including the newest, 'Legend of the Red Eye,' scheduled to drop mid-June on Lick Records," said John Schwab, McGuffey Lane lead guitarist and vocalist.

He said this is the band's first release since 2010 and the 11th since its formation in 1972.

"Having played Gahanna many times over the last 20 years, most recently at the Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival, we are excited to return and play for and see our many friends," Schwab said.

Gahanna Mayor Tom Kneeland said he's appreciative of the support the city has received from Gahanna area businesses and community partners to host Creekside Live.

"Thanks to their support, we can continue this favorite community tradition, and we look forward to another exciting concert series this summer," he said.

Guests are invited to bring a lawn chair to the outdoor concerts or enjoy seating in the front plaza, and at the table and chairs under the pergola.

Gahanna businesses including El Arepazo Latin Grill, Barrel & Boar, Cold Stone Creamery, Koko Tea Salon & Bakery, Local Cantina, Old Bag of Nails, Pigskin Brewery Company, Signatures Millstone Tavern and Someday's Bistro will be open before the Creekside Live concerts and serving carry-out items to enjoy outdoors.

"We are thrilled to have this series continue this summer," said Jeff Barr, Gahanna Parks and Recreation director.

"Creekside Live is an opportunity to showcase music acts from across the region, highlight our beautiful downtown amenities and support our local businesses," he said.

The Creekside Live concert series is made possible through community partnerships with Lew Griffin Insurance, Gahanna Parks & Recreation Foundation, KEMBA Financial Credit Union, Gahanna Local Cantina, Toyota Direct, Pigskin Brewing, Barrel & Boar, Unique Home Solutions, Fox & Fox Law Co. LLP, Creekside Chiropractic and Funtrail Vehicle Accessories.

Proceeds from beverage sales will benefit the Gahanna Parks and Recreation Foundation, a 501c3 organization that provides camp scholarships, park improvements and public art.

The remaining Creekside Live line-up includes: June 23, the Reaganomics ('80s dance) with JJ Snare (party variety); July 14, Pop Gun (classic rock tribute) with Jesse Henry (folk); July 28, the Ark Band (Bob Marley tribute) with Andy Shaw Band (reggae rock); Aug. 11, Velvet Shake (party rock) with the Goldsberrys (jamgrass); and Aug. 25, Soul Kitch'n (soul and funk) with Will Freed (blues).

Becky Kneeland, of the nonprofit Make Gahanna Yours, said Music in the Park is one thing citizens said they missed after it was eliminated due to lack of funding.

"We'll have all genres of music and most will have a tie to Gahanna," Kneeland said.

She said attendees are welcome to spread a blanket and listen. The line-up includes: June 15, the Goldsberrys; June 29, Rendition; July 6, Andy Shaw Band; July 20, Devil Doves; Aug. 3, Paisha Thomas; and Aug. 17, Change It Up Charlie.

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