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ST. MARYS — Locals looking to stay in town and still be able to hear local bands, can head over to Memorial Park as the 2011 Rotary Summer Concert Series kicks off on Sunday.
Six performers will be featured this year during the program, which has been occurring in St. Marys for more than 20 years, Chair Jeff Squire said.
“Rotary sponsors the Summer Concert Series, and as part of the Rotary Club, I’m the chair of the concert series,” Squire noted.
He said this year’s Summer Concert Series features new bands, as well as those who have performed as part of the event in the past.
“I try to cycle them through,” Squire said. “That way people get to see new and past performers.”
A new performer this year, he added, is a former resident.
“Lori Triplett will be in town that weekend, she is doing a performance at Wayne Street United Methodist Church that weekend,” Squire said. “We’re excited to have her here.”
It will be a hometown performance for Triplett, a St. Marys native.
“That’s going to be exciting for her to do a performance for her hometown community,” Squire said.
He also noted some of the other performers lined up for the 2011 Rotary Summer Concert Series.
“Simple Harmony is a vocal jazz trio,” he said. “We had them a few years ago, and now they’re back.”
Another performer from the past is the July 10 performer.
“Soundwaves came back last year, and we’re having them again,” Squire said. “They’re an audience favorite.”
Five out of the six performances will be on Sundays, he noted.
“With the exception of Supper and Sounds, which Rotary sponsors as part of SummerFest, all the concerts are on Sundays at 7,” Squire said.
Sunday kicks off the 2011 Summer Concert Series with Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass, a five-piece group that does bluegrass music. Their performance will be at 7 p.m. in Memorial Park.
The next performance will be at 7 p.m. July 10, in Memorial Park with Soundwaves, a group comprised of adult male singers from the Grand Lake St. Marys area who perform a cap ell a music of the barbershop style.
Then, Triplett will perform at 7 p.m. July 24, in Memorial Park. Triplett is a singer, songwriter and pianist.
The next event will be the Supper and Sounds performance with AC Swing, who does Big Band era music, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11 in Memorial Park. Simple Harmony, a vocal trio and band, will play at 7 p.m. Aug. 11 in Memorial Park.
The last performance will be the Lima Area Concert Band, who will perform at 7 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Memorial High School’s Performing Arts Center.
Squire noted the outdoor series offers residents a new way to enjoy music.
“Being a musician myself, I believe live performances are important for entertaining purposes,” he said. “The fact we’ve gotten away from live music, I think, is detrimental.”
Squire encouraged residents to come out to the free series to experience their local bands.
“This brings in a variety of stuff you’re not going to be able to hear any place else,” he said.
Squire encouraged attendees to bring a chair and a snack.
“The series is nice for a community to have something to do on a Sunday evening,” he said.
In the event of rain, the performances will be held at the Memorial High School’s Performing Arts Center. In addition to the St. Marys Rotary Club, the performances are also held in cooperation with the city of St. Marys, the St. Marys City Schools and the St. Marys City Schools Performing Arts Department.