2020 SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
***Concert series begins July 2!***
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic orders set forth by Gov. Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health, the Guy C. Myers Memorial Band Shell 2020 Summer Concert Series has been tentatively postponed until July 2, 2020. Providing that circumstances will allow for a July opening date, the goal is to add Tuesday programming to the normal schedule in an effort to present a more complete concert series.
Many thanks to the individuals, groups and businesses that have donated to our annual campaign, and to the Ashland community for their yellow bucket donations and faithful attendance to our concert series. We greatly appreciate your support during these most unusual times.
Thursday July 2: HEY MAVIS - For nearly 10 years this North coast Americana band has been weaving a musical tapestry, most recently in their latest release and book Silver Ribbon Dream; Songs of the Ohio & Erie Canal. With heartfelt vocals, honest songwriting, blazing instrumental solos and onstage musical chemistry, this quartet defines great Americana music. heymavis.com
Sunday July 5: SEMER & KASTRAN BAND - The group is led by two very talented and well known area singer songwriter, musicians, Roger Semer and Dean Kastran. The band features a beautiful mix of two and three part harmonies accompanied by intricate acoustic guitar, electric guitar and bass guitar. They offer an eclectic assortment of classic rock, folk and country featuring hits from the 50’s through the 80’s.
Tuesday July 7: THE REED CHAMBER TRIO presented by the Ashland Symphony Ordchestra - The Reed family lives in Ashland and has performed extensively with the Ashland Symphony Orchestra. Tom Reed, clarinet & saxophone, is Professor of Music and Chair of Music & Theater at Ashland University. Jane Reed, violin and piano, teaches music at Ashland University. Charlie Reed, cello, is a student at the Julliard School of Music in New York and is a graduate of Ashland High School, the Oberlin Conservatory and the Eastman School of Music. Gershwin, light classics and patriotic selections are included in the group’s musical presentation.
Thursday July 9: NESSA - Celtic inspired World music with classical and jazz influences while incorporating sounds and rhythms from the Caribbean, Africa, India, Irish traditional and folk genres, give a hint of what this group has to offer. Kelly McDermott’s songs tell a story enhanced by her beautiful flute playing and the bands outstanding musicianship. nessamusic.com
Sunday July 12: CREOLE STOMP - This group has captured Louisiana music fans across America. Led by French speaking fiddler and accordionist Dennis Stroughmatt, the band keeps listeners enthralled with a mix of contemporary blues, swamp pop and traditional Creole and zydeco tunes. creolestomp.com
Tuesday July 14: KROC CENTER BIG BAND - Under the leadership of Music Coordinator Neil Ebert, the KC Big Band was formed in 2009 and is the premier performing group at the Ashland Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corp. Community Center. The Band samples many different artists such as Count Basie, Michael Buble’, Frank Sinatra and many more.
Thursday July 16: FALCON PUNCH - A jazz combo focused on video game music & jazz arrangements. These local musicians include Michael Spalding- sax, Nic Serrano – drums, Cole Garrison-bass and Band Shell Stage Manager Satch Garlock- keys. Due to the pandemic several events were cancelled. This group has stepped up to take their spot and entertain us.
Sunday July 19: CRABGRASS - The band comes with impressive lead vocals, superb harmonies and an undeniable talent for creating music. Covering forms from traditional to modern bluegrass, their sound resonates with listeners of all ages, leaving a lasting impression on all of those who get the chance to see them live. crabgrassoh.com
Tuesday July 21: THE DIAMOND PROJECT BAND - Dedicated to performing a true replication of the musical styling of a live Neil Diamond concert, the band strives to incorporate the excitement, energy, and musicianship that only a live show can provide. Gary Gomez becomes Neil Diamond for 90 minutes and audiences love his performance.
Thursday July 23: NORTHWEST TERRITORY - This group has been preforming its own unique style of music since its first performance in 1989. That style includes bluegrass, folk, country & gospel. The quartet of musicians has a harmony blend that is sure to please with a variety of duets, trios & lead vocals framed by outstanding musicianship.
Sunday July 26: CINCINNATI TRANSIT AUTHORITY - This eight piece band pays tribute to the great horn driven sound of Chicago Transit Authority. The Band consists of some of the area’s best Rock, Jazz and Blues musicians and takes great pride in performing spot on renditions of iconic Chicago Transit Authority tunes. Expect to hear many of Chicago’s greatest hits.
Tuesday July 28: AFTERMATH: Delivering the sights, sounds and period costuming of the 60’s. Through this group, the audience will relive the era listening to the Beatles, Byrds, Stones, Turtles, Strawberry Alarm Clock and many more 60’s icons.
Thursday July 30: MID OHIO BARBERSHOP QUARTET NIGHT - Three outstanding barbershop quartets will share the Bandshell stage. These foursomes will provide soaring acapella harmonies on a variety of familiar songs, both old & new. Featuring “Rerouted” from Columbus, a top ten finalist at the 2020 Barbershop Harmony Society’s International competition. They will be joined by ”Top Shelf”(Columbus) & “Call Time” (Cleveland) each top 10 District finalists. The evening will be capped off with a triple quartet finale’. Rusty Cates, long time Barbershop singer, will act as Master of Ceremonies for the event.
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Thursday August 6: GRINGO STEW - This group serves up American music with a touch of Southwestern spice. Whether performing their unique originals or renditions of works by great American artist, one critical ingredient is authenticity. Their songs feature real life and honest emotions backed up by outstanding vocals and multi instrumental talent. gringostew.com
Sunday August 9: ASHLAND REGIONAL BALLET - Sarah Cyders, Artistic Director. Our traditional final event of the concert series, ARB presents performances in a wide range of styles including ballet, modern, jazz and tap offering great entertainment for the entire family and a richer artistic atmosphere in our community. ashlandregionalballet.org