to kick off series

to kick off series

at library Tuesday

Arnett Howard & Friends will kick off this year's Music on the Lawn series Tuesday night at the Grandview Heights Public Library.

The free outdoor concert series will be held from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays in June and July.

"Arnett has been performing for us since the very first Music on the Lawn series," said Canaan Faulkner, coordinator of adult programs for the library.

"He was still a printmaker 23 years ago when we started the series," Faulkner said. "He retired for a while, but now that he's back, we're so excited to have him. He's the perfect choice to open this year's series."

The 2008 series boasts perhaps the best lineup ever, he said.

"Last year was our biggest year ever, with more than 6,000 people attending our concerts," Faulkner said. "We're looking to go beyond even that this year."

The rest of the lineup:

June 10 -- Dean Marcellana & Clave Sonic. Marcellana, a Grandview resident, specializes in Latin jazz. His compact disc "Dean Marcellana Latin Jazz Trio" was featured by Meijer, Inc., last year as part of its Outside the Mainstream program.

June 17 -- The British Invasion. Making a return visit to Music on the Lawn, this band specializes in '60s classics.

June 24 -- Tony Monaco Trio. Monaco is nationally-known Hammond B-3 jazz organ player. He has performed with such jazz legends as Jimmy Smith.

July 1 -- The Conspiracy Band. This local favorite has performed its R&B and funk at the library and for the past several years at the Grandview Heights/Marble Cliff Education Foundation Gala.

July 8 -- Agent 99. This will mark the third consecutive year Agent 99 has played Music on the Lawn. The band performs classic rock songs.

July 15 - The Gipson & Fitz Trio. This bluegrass group has performed at the Taste of Grandview.

July 22 -- The Randys. This group performs retro pop and soul and features Faulkner playing bass and singing harmony.

July 29 -- Gas Pump Jockeys. This oldies band's guitar player is Jim Hunter of the "Hunter in the Morning" program on B-107.9 FM. The library is working to arrange to have Hunter broadcast from the library the morning of his band's performance.

The Grandview Heights High School girls softball team will hold a bake sale at the first three and the fifth concerts of the series, Faulkner said.

"They started doing this when they were on the middle school softball team and it's something they wanted to continue to help raise funds for their team," he said. "It's really nice that they wanted to continue their involvement with Music on the Lawn."

Jeni's Ice Cream will offer samples of its frozen treats at the June 24 concert and the Friends of the Library will serve treats at the final concert on July 29.

There will be no separate rain locations for the concerts. Residents should call the library at 486-2951 concerning possible cancellation due to weather.

Music on the Lawn is coordinated by the library and the Grandview Parks and Recreation Department.