Celebrate New Concord Announces Summer 2016 Concerts

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A variety of family-friendly musical entertainment is in store for our area as Celebrate New Concord prepares for its 16th year of free outdoor concerts. This year is all about tradition as all acts performing are proven favorites.

All performances, unless otherwise noted, begin at 7 p.m. in New Concord Village park, just behind the Village Hall. Visitors should bring their own lawn chairs or blankets for seating. Performances are all suitable for families with children of all ages.

Performances are rain or shine, with the adjacent New Concord Firehouse serving as an inclement weather location.

Refreshments are once again being provided by the National Trail Ruritan Club, with proceeds benefiting the New Concord Food Pantry.

PanJGea! opens the season on June 7. This talented group of John Glenn High School musicians is a regional favorite that performs traditional steel drum music along with contemporary songs done with a Caribbean flair. East Muskingum band director Jon Kelsey founded the group in 2013 and this marks their second time performing for Celebrate New Concord.

Ladies of Longford
Out of Columbus, Ohio, Ladies of Longford bring a unique blend of traditional and contemporary Celtic music styles to New Concord on June 21. With high energy performances and beautiful harmonies, the Ladies never cease to excite and amaze audiences. The band performs a mixture of Irish music, along with Country, Classic Rock, and Americana.

On Friday, July 8, HB7 returns to entertain the crowd at the New Concord Firemen’s Festival. This popular performance deviates from the standard place and time for CNC, being held across the street from the standard venue. The band will be playing at the Stormont Park basketball court from 7 p.m. until the fireworks begin at dark. Southeastern Ohio’s Premiere Rock ‘n’ Roll Band plays classic rock, pop, and soul.

The Jerry Weaver Band
Bringing the very best of Dixieland and Ragtime, The Jerry Weaver Band returns to the Celebrate New Concord line up on July 19. The band’s Dixieland and Ragtime music style makes for a family favorite.

Muskingum Valley Symphonic Winds
The Muskingum Valley Symphonic Winds return on August 9 for what has become a biannual tradition. Under the direction of David Turrill, Assistant Professor of Music at Muskingum University, the group will be performing highlights culled from their 2015-16 season.

The Wayfarers
Rounding out the Celebrate New Concord summer concert series on August 23 is Southeast Ohio’s own Appalachian Roots band. The Wayfarers send audiences down memory lane with a contemporary twist. Inspired by old-time radio shows, the group plays a mix of traditional mountain fiddle music and pre-bluegrass tunes. The band’s spirited live performances will give all ages an energetic and authentic experience.

For more information on the performance schedule, phone the Celebrate New Concord Information Line at 740-826-6392 or follow Celebrate New Concord on Facebook.