This year's Sundays at Scioto concert series returns with a blend of genres and a mix of new and returning bands.

The free eight-concert series this year will feature five new bands, said Dublin Arts Council executive director David Guion.

"Bringing in new groups is really key," he said.

The 35th Dublin Arts Council's Sundays at Scioto concert series will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sundays, June 10 through July 29, in the amphitheater in Scioto Park, 7377 Riverside Drive.

The new bands include Latin Rock outfit the Labra Brothers, pop/country group ARKFOO and Kirstie Kraus, vintage heartland rock band the Buzzard Kings, celtic folk-pop band the Gothard Sisters and Paul McCartney tribute band the McCartney Project, Guion said.

Returning bands include HooDoo Soul Band, Americana/blues artist Hadden Sayers and classic-rock outfit Popgun.

The Gothard Sisters, who perform July 22, will be accompanied by the Richens/Timm Academy of Irish Dance.

"It's sort of a warmup for the Irish Festival," Guion said.

The three-day Dublin Irish Festival begins Aug. 3 and ends Aug. 5 in Coffman Park, 5200 Emerald Parkway.

Each Scioto concert typically brings between 600 and 1,500 attendees, depending upon the weather, Guion said.

This year, the Arts Council's board of directors selected the acts from among 19 applicants.

The Scioto series will close out with the McCartney Project July 29.

"That should be really exciting," Guion said.

Food trucks and desserts providers will be onsite during shows. For more information, visit dublinarts.org.

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