Free Concerts To Continue This Summer Thanks to Calaveras Arts Council

MEDIA RELEASE from the Calaveras Arts Council’s Music in the Parks
Event dates: June 17-Aug. 19, 2009
Locations: Various town parks throughout Calaveras County

Free Concerts To Continue This Summer Thanks to Calaveras Arts Council

Providing free music as a focal point for bringing people together as community is what the Calaveras Arts Council had in mind 18 years ago when it first presented its summer series of “Music in the Parks.”  Once again, starting June 17 until August 19, the concerts will happen every Wednesday night at 6:30 pm in a different town park. These concerts have become one of the most popular on-going public summer events in the county.

People bring picnics, their own chairs, socialize with friends and listen to a vast diversity of music styles.  Over the season, expect to hear everything from Celtic to blues, and from cowboy swing to African drumming. If all the fun music isn’t enough to grab you, then experiencing the unique venues at each of the 10 locations is another reason to go. For example, never been to Rail Road Flat? Or to Copper Town Square? Here is your excuse.

The concerts may be free, but the bands are not. That’s why underwriters are needed to sponsor the concerts in exchange for advertising in the Event Program which is distributed at all ten concerts and at local stores and wineries. A spokesperson from the arts council says its rates are some of the best marketing deals out there, encouraging businesses to let consumers know they’re still open for business, despite the tough times. The audiences at these concerts tend to have lots of time to carefully read all the material in the Program. To get the info on the tax deductible ad rates, call the council at (209)754-1774. In the meantime, here’s the Schedule. Let the fun begin!

June 17 • Copperopolis Town Square GOLDEN BOUGH: Trio of lilting Celtic music

June 24 • Valley Springs Ball Field THE BLACK IRISH BAND: Nautical, Goldrush, Irish and railroad music

July 1 • Mokelumne Hill, Shutter Tree Park JAMES FAIFUA & THE JUKES: Lively blues, jazz and funk

July 8 • Murphys Community Park THE VNOTE ENSEMBLE: Quartet of Venezuelan fusion

July 15 • Greenhorn Creek, Angels Camp STARDUST COWBOYS: Cowboy, Swing & Western Americana

July 22 • Mountain Ranch Park SIDESADDLE & COMPANY: Rousing bluegrass, Irish, Cajun and folk

July 29 • Utica Park, Angels Camp ONYE ONYEMAECHI: Nigerian Drummer & Dancer (bring percussion instruments)

August 5 • Turner Park, San Andreas JOE CRAVEN & SAM BEVAN DUO: World music with strings and percussion

August 12 • Rail Road Flat School Field PASSIN’ THRU: bluegrass, roots, country, family harmonies

August 19 • Cedar Center, Arnold FISHTANK ENSEMBLE: Balkan Gypsy Quintet with saw and song

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