Dan Heidt will perform his brand of "optimistic acoustic" music at this year's Third Sunday concert series, which opens June 18 in German Village's Frank Fetch Park.

The singer-songwriter, who is scheduled to take the stage at 7 p.m., said he will mix in some original numbers with songs from the great storytellers of the genre, such as James Taylor, John Denver, Simon & Garfunkel and Jackson Browne.

But it was his father who had the biggest influence.

"I was inspired to play guitar after watching my dad lead singing around a campfire once when I was about 11," Heidt said.

"I saw how engaged people were and how they all came together with the music, and I decided I wanted to know how to do that," Heidt said.

Music always was a big part of Heidt's life. His parents played country songs on long car trips to vacation spots.

"My memories of a little kid included visual interpretations of Patsy Cline walking after midnight by a weeping willow, or Loretta Lynn not having shoes to wear in the summers growing up in Butcher Holler," Heidt said.

"John Denver's storytelling struck me the most, I think, because he always seemed to mean every word he said," Heidt said.

"Plus, the sound of that crisp 12-string guitar singing out with his crystal-clear voice always put me at ease. It was always about the story for me."

Heidt, a native of Charleston, West Virginia, and his wife, Diane, own Color Me Mine, a paint-your-own-pottery studio in Dublin.

He said he often plays small, intimate shows.

"I'm a pretty mild kind of performer," he said.

Frank Fetch Park is on East Beck Street between Fifth and Sixth streets in German Village.

Concerts in the series, which runs the third Sunday of each month through September, are free and open to the public.

If it rains, the concerts will be moved indoors at the German Village Meeting Haus, 588 S. Third St.

The shows sponsored by the German Village Garten Club are a community tradition. Those attending bring blankets, food and beverages to the park.

"The concert series is always a favorite summer activity for many of our garten club members and friends in the community," said Ashleigh Lemon, vice president of the club.

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