Outdoor Summer Music Series begins
By Tim Walker
The sweet sounds of music will be filling the air in Troy throughout the coming summer months. Visitors to Troy’s downtown district along with long-time residents of the city will find themselves with a little something extra to enjoy downtown on select nights during the summer. Troy Main Street, with the support of a group of local organizations and businesses, is presenting their third annual Summer Music Series of free outdoor concerts. The series, which kicked off on Friday, June 10 with an appearance by the Fries Band, will run through Labor Day and includes over a dozen appearances by both local and national touring musical acts and ensembles. A wide variety of musical styles are represented, making the festival something everyone will be able to enjoy.
“On most Friday nights over the coming months, a stage — a pretty substantial stage which is owned by the City of Troy — will be set up in Prouty Plaza, located in the Troy town square,” said Karen Manovich, executive director of the Troy Main Street organization. “We have a wide variety of music nearly every Friday; not every single Friday, but definitely the vast majority of them. We also have concerts on three Tuesdays, outdoors on the patio at the Hayner Courtyard located at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center, which is a downtown arts facility.”
The schedule of concerts includes evenings that will appeal to every musical taste. Tonight at 7:30 p.m., the Dayton-based Lee McKinney Jazz Trio will perform with Grammy-nominated saxophonist Greg Abate at the Hayner Courtyard. Then, on Friday, July 1, the Cincinnati Symphony Regional Pops Orchestra will perform under the stars at 8 p.m. on Prouty Plaza in the city square, which (for you out-of-towners) is located at the intersection of Main Street and Market Street.
Showcasing the diversity of the acts being featured in the concert series, Friday, July 8 will feature the Juggernaut Jug Band — a blend of “jazz, blues, ragtime, swing, and original music with washboards, washtubs, kazoos, jugs and various other sundry hardware” — performing at 7:30 p.m. Then, the nationally known Beatles tribute band Ticket to Ride performs the following Friday, July 15 at 7:30 p.m., employing faithful “Beatle” instruments, amplifiers and costumes.
In addition to the dates already mentioned, August 21 promises to be a special day of music as the 19th annual concert marking the end of the Festival of Nations weekend takes place. The Dayton Philharmonic Concert Band, along with select members of the Dayton Philharmonic Chorus and other featured artists, will perform at the Troy Mayor’s
Concert at 7 p.m. and Troy’s Mayor, Michael L. Beamish, will be assisting as the special guest conductor for the concert.
“The whole summer concert series is a partnership between the City of Troy, Troy Main Street, the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center, and the Troy Foundation,” said Manovich. “So all those organizations work together to provide outdoor music throughout the summer.”
Rounding out the concert calendar are appearances by Blue Storm, the Ohio-based bluegrass and southern gospel band (who take requests!) July 22; the Red Hot Rhythm Review July 29, playing classic funk, R&B and dance tunes; former subway musician Lipbone Redding and the two-man Lipbone Orchestra August 5; and the prestigious Air Force Band of Flight on Saturday, August 27 at 7 p.m.
All of the events and concerts are being planned and organized by Troy Main Street. Organized in 1990, Troy Main Street is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the economic revitalization of downtown Troy. Their efforts include improving the visual image of the downtown area, organizing downtown community events, promoting local businesses and culture, and managing the downtown business recruitment and retention program.
For more information on the Summer Music Series, contact Troy Main Street at (937)339-5455 or visit www.troymainstreet.org.
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