Believe it or not, summer is just around the corner and with it a whole new season of FREE Music in Van Wert! Please communicate the summer line-up at Fountain Park at your earliest convenience.
Summer Music Series 2013
The Van Wert County Foundation is proud to announce the 11th Annual Fountain Park Summer Music Series. In cooperation with the Van Wert City Parks & Recreation, these outdoor concerts are offered most Fridays throughout the summer and are free and open to the public. All concerts are funded with a gift from the Saltzgaber Music Fund of The Van Wert County Foundation. Concerts begin at 7:00 p.m. and the public is encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the concerts.
It all begins with long-time favorite Phil Dirt & the Dozers returning to the park to help celebrate the Peony/ArtRageous Weekend on Friday night, June 7. PHIL DIRT & THE DOZERS return to the park after a couple years hiatus. But, due to popular demand. . . America's premier "Rock 'N Roll oldies" review (and the most popular vintage rock and roll show in the nation) will help you recapture those wonderful days! With their musical talent, high energy and contagious sense of humor, Phil Dirt & The Dozers will transport you to another time and place . . . namely, the 50's, 60's, and 70's of Rock and Roll! A perfect fit for the kick-off to the summer celebrations!
After a week off, the best of Classic Rock comes to Fountain Park with Bostyx….a great, family-friendly addition to any summer classic rock festival or concerts in the park series. Bostyx is the ultimate 1970s feel-good classic rock tribute to the music of BOSTON and STYX, featuring amazing, LIVE vocal harmonies sure to be a hit with crowds of all ages. Lead singer and guitarist, David Victor actually plays with Boston currently, but is planning to be in Van Wert with Bostyx. It will be a celebration of the 70's and 80's in Fountain Park on June 21 as you enjoy some of those great songs, "More than a Feeling", "Don't Look Back", ‘Lady", "Come, Sail Away", "Babe", and "Show me the Way".
To help welcome the Lincoln Highway Antique Car Show coming right down Main Street Van Wert, the Toledo Jazz Orchestra with a special guest vocalist will give tribute to the Sounds of the Big Band Era. On June 28, you will relive those wonderful sounds and songs from the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Tommy Dorsey, Harry James, Woody Herman, and Stan Kenton Bands. And bring your ballroom dancing shoes to dance the night away with some of the best ballads and swing tunes ever written including "Mood Indigo", "Woodchopper's Ball", "In the Mood", and so much more.
The big 4th of July celebration will actually be on Friday, July 5th to create a long weekend when the best of the Pops return to the park. Last year's Lima Symphony Pops Orchestra concert got cancelled due to the storm that took power out throughout the area for up to a week. Van Wert's Holiday at Home Celebration will be in full stride as we welcome the Pop Sounds of America back to the park as only the Lima Symphony Orchestra can deliver. It's always a big crowd pleaser!
The next week will be filled with the sounds of the Van Wert Area Concert Band on July 12. This community band under the direction of Richard Sherrick has been gaining musical momentum over the past several years and will be gearing up for an exciting and entertaining concert. You can also hear this local band in the park on May 24 and again on August 16.
We looked far and wide to bring the best sounds of the Doobie Brothers for you. We found them in New York. Minute by Minute is one of the finest tribute bands performing the music of the Doobie Brothers and Michael McDonald. Featuring music from this Grammy Award-winning band, you will groove to the sounds of "Listen to the Music", "China Grove", "Minute by Minute" and so much more! It will be a memorable concert on Friday night, July 19 with those great songs and sounds of the Doobie Brothers.
The following week, July 26, we welcome Ted Vigil back from the state of Oregon. Returning this year with long-time John Denver band guitarist, Steve Weisberg, you will literally think you are seeing and hearing John Denver, himself. Since performing in Van Wert a few years back, Ted Vigil has gone on to new heights with his Rocky Mountain Tribute to John Denver. You will love recalling the great music of one of the most memorable performers of all-time- John Denver.
After taking a week off, we return for the Fountain Park finale when The Ides of March featuring Jim Peterik come to town. With it's signature horn riff and opening line, "I'm a friendly stranger in the black sedan…", The Ides of March's "Vehicle" burst onto the Billboard charts and became the fastest breaking single in Warner Bros. history! Their show spans three decades of music that include Jim Peterik's catalog of Top 40 hits including "Eye of the Tiger",L.A. Goodbye", "Vehicle", "Hold on Loosely" and much more.