Local residents are invited to listen to free music every third Thursday night from May through July through the Third Thursdays Musical Parks series.
Presented by the Athens Municipal Arts Commission and Athens Arts Parks and Recreation, each free concert will run from 6:00 p.m. to -8:00 p.m. The scheduled performance dates and the list of performers are as follows:
*This Thursday, May 19, the event will take place at the Athens City Pool Parking Lot located at 601 East State Street, Athens. The scheduled performers are the Poet Laureate of Athens, Wendy McVicker and the group Boys of the Hock.
*The June 16 show is scheduled for the Athens Community Center at 701 E. State St. Attendees will meet outside the basketball courts. The performance will be Caitlin Kraus and The Corndoggers.
* On July 21, the festivities will take place at West State Street Park at Field 1 South behind W. State Street. Kelly Madewell and Iris Cooke and Pharo Raro will perform.
According to ARTS/West programming specialist Emily Beveridge, the concept for this first-ever summer concert series was born last winter. She added that “Third Thursdays Musical Parks will also commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Athens Municipal Arts Commission.”
Beveridge said: “These free concerts will be a great way to spend a summer evening. Also, as these are all outdoor events, masks will not be required. »
She noted that several local food vendors will also be on hand in case patrons get hungry during the concerts.
The goal of the Athens Municipal Arts Commission is to showcase the cultural resources of the region. Members also encourage and support new arts-based businesses in the community, as well as other activities that preserve the culture and natural beauty of the surrounding area.
AMAC was instrumental in the creation of ARTS/West and the Arts and Economic Prosperity IV study of the economic impact of arts nonprofits in Athens County.
McVicker has resided in Athens since 1985. In February 2020, she was chosen to be the Poet Laureate of Athens. McVicker holds a degree in philosophy from Webster University and has published poetry since 1987.
Joe Burdock is a member of the Corndoggers. He described the group as “an early music group rooted in the musical traditions of the tri-state area”. He added that the band will perform as a trio for this event which will consist of fiddle, banjo and guitar.