Post updated at 11:48 a.m. Wednesday, May 31:
It’s summertime again, and Wednesday’s kickoff show for the Lawrence City Band’s weekly concert series will celebrate that.
The free concerts are open to the public, and all are welcome to bring their lawn chairs, picnic blankets, friends and family to the park to enjoy the long-running Lawrence tradition.
Shows are set for 8 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays throughout the summer at South Park, on the east side near the bandstand.
Here are the dates and themes of this year’s shows. Paul Popiel serves as the conductor unless otherwise noted.
• May 31: “Summertime Again in South Park” (will be held at the Lied Center because of inclement weather)
• June 7: “South Park Classics” — beloved classical music
• June 14: “City Band Fan Favorites”
• June 21: “Those Irish Eyes are Smiling” — conductor Martin Bergee leads the band in a celebration of Irish music and culture
• June 28: “More Movie Music!”
• July 5: “America on Parade in South Park”
• July 12: “Americana” — conductor Bergee and the band “celebrate the rich musical heritage of America. From folk songs to jazz, this concert features a diverse range of music that showcases the many styles and influences that have shaped American music.”
• July 19: “More Americana” — Bergee and the band bring a second night of Americana music. “This concert features even more beloved American tunes, celebrating the rich musical culture of the United States.”
In the event of inclement weather, shows will be held at the Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Drive.