Summer evenings don’t get any better than Sunday Concerts on the Green in Worthington. Beginning this Saturday, May 19, these free, family-friendly concerts will feature an eclectic lineup of musical entertainment. From classic rock to classic swing, there’s a little something to suit everyone’s taste this summer. The concerts take place on the northwest quadrant of the Village Green at the corner of High Street and Dublin-Granville Road. Parking is available at Kilbourne Middle School, Griswold Center, Worthington Public Library, Huntington Bank and the Worthington Presbyterian Church. In the case of inclement weather, the concerts will be held at the Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center, located at 777 Evening Street.
The Thomas Worthington High School award-winning Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble kick off the summer with an old-fashioned concert in the park that begins at 7 p.m. Here’s the complete summer schedule, including a few special Saturday concerts, so mark your calendar today for these upcoming events.
Sunday, May 19
Thomas Worthington High School
Enjoy an old fashioned concert “in the park,” featuring the award winning Thomas Worthington Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble.
Sunday, May 26
The Worthington Chorus has been entertaining central Ohio audiences since 1976, and is a proud member of the Worthington Arts Council. The Chorus will present a variety of songs from their upcoming show “Broadway or Bust.”
Sunday, June 2
The Apple Bottom Gang
The Apple Bottom Gang is a high-energy ’50s-style Americana/country band guaranteed to get you on your feet and dancing. They play a mix of original music and classic cover songs by artists like Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Buck Owens and more. Their songs have been featured on numerous radio stations in the region, and they are set to release their second recording in 2013.
Sunday, June 9
The Olde Souls and the Makeshift Band
Come enjoy traditionally inspired folk music with a modern pop-rock twist.
Sunday, June 23
Arnett Howard and Friends
In central Ohio, Arnett Howard is a legend. No matter what he plays or who he plays with, he always attracts a crowd. His energetic personality and musicianship make him one of the best-known entertainers in the region.
Sunday, June 30
Two2Many is a convergence of old and new, humor when it needs to be and classic performances that seem effortless. These accomplished musicians play traditional musical instruments of Ireland, which provide the perfect accompaniment to the angelic voice of Keri McBride.
Sunday, July 7
RMT’s Songs of America is a spirited journey through more than 200 years of U.S. musical history. The show features classic American works such as “Yankee Doodle,” “The Star-Spangled Banner,” “When the Saints Go Marchin’ In,” “This Land is Your Land,” and “America the Beautiful.”
Sunday, July 14
‘70s & ‘80s
Two great decades of music offer something for everyone–pop, rock, R&B, disco and more.Agent 99 is a six-piece band that’s been entertaining crowds from Lake Erie to the Ohio River for almost two decades, defending the musical claim, “The Best Music You Forgot You Loved.”
Sunday, July 21
Worthington Civic Band
Get ready for some fabulous show-stopping tunes and toe-tapping arrangements for all ages. The Worthington Civic Band, directed by Elaine Ostrander, has performed to international audiences in Europe, Hawaii, and Disney World.
Sunday, July 28
In Full Swing
In Full Swing is a high-energy 16-piece big band, plus a wonderful vocalist, based in Worthington. Their diverse library includes not only the classic swing of the ‘30s and ‘40s, but a wide array of dance rhythms, big band classics, modern swing, pop tunes and even some kid tunes. Be prepared to tap your toes, dance and have a great time!
Sunday, August 4
Kavan (Elvis) with Columbus Horns
‘60s & ‘70s Cover Songs and Elvis Tribute
Kavan, appearing with the Columbus Horns, is a nationally recognized Elvis tribute artist and has been a fan of Elvis Presley his entire life, performing on stage since the age of three. He was chosen among all American Elvis tribute artists for a BBC television Elvis Tribute special that was filmed in London, England where he was named “The World’s #1 Rock-n-Roll Elvis.” Most recently he was named grand champion at the 2013 Midwest Tribute to the King competition.
Sunday, August 11
OSU Alumni Band
The largest and most successful brass and percussion college alumni band in the United States, the band is directed by Dr. Paul Droste and Jon Waters. An ice cream social takes place at the Presbyterian Church after the concert from 6 to 8 p.m.
Saturday, August 17
122nd Ohio Army National Guard Band
Patriotic and Concert Literature
Hailing from across Ohio and beyond, the soldier-musicians of the 122nd Army Band deliver an entertaining and patriotic concert band experience. The 122nd Army Band is based out of Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base and performs for public concerts, parades and military ceremonies throughout the state.
Saturday, June 1 – 6 to 7 p.m.
Children’s Concert featuring Endless Recess
Endless Recess is a group of five well seasoned and fully tenderized parent/musicians. We play your favorite upbeat interactive dance songs from movie soundtracks, TV programs and classic party songs. Their tasty music selections appeal to both kids and adults, making it fun for the entire family.
Saturday, August 10 – 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
’80s Flashback Party featuring The Reaganomics
Join us for an evening of fun with the Midwest’s most entertaining ’80s dance band. A DJ will play music from 7:30 to 8 p.m, followed by The Reaganomics from 8 to 9:30 p.m.