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Posted on: June 1, 2017

CITY OF PARSONS ANNOUNCES THE 2017 MUSIC IN THE PARK SCHEDULE

It’s time for music lovers to mark their calendars, because they definitely don’t want to miss any of the great performances that are lined-up for the 2017 Music in the Park Concert Series. The City of Parsons, Kansas is proud to present this free weekly concert series, located at the Seaton Family Pavilion in Forest Park at 13th and Broadway.

The concert series kicks off on Thursday, June 1 with a performance of the Community Orchestra. This forty-piece ensemble of musicians from the Southeast Kansas area are under the direction of Scott Nelson, and will present an evening of spirited music. The orchestra plays a variety of arrangements from classical standards to modern-day tunes. Joining the Community Orchestra for a select few numbers will be a large choir of singers from around the SEK region.

Musical Director Seth Roach and the Community Jazz Band will make their first appearance of this concert series on Thursday, June 8 in which they will perform two full sets of music. The first set will feature traditional arrangements of concert band standards. The second set will be performances of both traditional and contemporary jazz with a few surprises thrown in.

 A Southern California songbird will make a stop in Parsons on June 15 when the talented singer/songwriter Alice Wallace performs for Music in the Park.  California Country Records artist Alice Wallace will be bringing her full band on a 23-date tour through the southwest in the month of June that includes stops at the Music on the Mesa Festival in Taos, NM, G Fest in Muskogee, OK, as well as club dates stretching from Phoenix to Kansas City to Houston.

 Wallace’s powerful, elastic singing and melodic, literate song-crafting have been earning her accolades across the country over the past several years from local and regional publications including No Depression and The Alternate Root. The LA Music Critic Awards named her “Best Country/Americana Artist” in 2016, and her latest album on California Country Records was listed in 7 categories on the first-round Grammy ballot earlier this year. With a band of top-notch LA musicians by her side - Tom Bremer on guitar, Austin Callender on bass and Josh Huppert on drums - Wallace's music mixes elements of classic country, folk and blues into songs about love, loss and life on the road.

On June 22 the ska/punk/rock band Zero 2 Panic will bring their unique horn-driven sound to the stage of the Seaton Family Pavilion. Based out of Pittsburg, Kansas this sextet has garnered a lot of attention from the Midwest music scene, as well as winning contests and new fans along the way.

 It's hard to put the sound of Zero 2 Panic into words. Drawing from the influences of all the members, you can hear snippets of Rebirth Brass Band, NOFX, Chicago, James Brown, Ziggy Marley, and many others in their writing. With a 3-man horn section leading the charge, Zero 2 Panic hits hard from the first note and will have you dancing in no time. Winners of the 2014 Gorilla Music Lawrence Battle of the Bands at the historic Granada Theatre, 2015 LifeFest Battle of the Bands, and fresh off a killer set at Rocklahoma in Pryor, OK, the boys of Z2P have released their highly anticipated self-titled debut album! Already receiving radio airplay, tracks like "Stuttering" and "Hey Thanks" are a nod to their classic ska roots while "Megatron" will change the way you think about horn bands. Blending styles, crossing genres, and breaking molds: Zero 2 Panic.

 It’s time to jump into your DeLorean and head back to the future on June 29 when the 80s music tribute band Fast Times takes you back to the bygone era when MTV actually broadcasted music videos!

Based out of Kansas City, Fast Times plays all 80s, all the time. Fast Times cover all the sounds that will bring back memories of the decade of excess. Their 80s roller coaster covers artists such as:  Van Halen, Billy Idol, Blondie, Bon Jovi, Journey, Def Leppard, The Go-Go’s, Prince, Madonna, Michael Jackson, and many more. Five of KC's top musicians are coming to your town, to ROCK... YOUR... WORLD. 

Celebrate Tuesday, July 4th with a patriotic musical salute by the Community Band featuring all your favorite marches and anthems. After the concert, be sure to hang out and enjoy the annual “Fireworks 4 Parsons” fireworks display from nearby Marvel Park. Bad weather cancels this performance.

Have you ever come to a Music in the Park concert and wished you were the one on stage? If so, your wish may come true on July 6 because we’re turning the stage over to the good people of the community in what we’re calling “Parsons Takes the Stage” amateur talent night. That’s right, if you have a talent you’d like to share, then we’re calling on you to participate.

Singers, musicians, bands, dancers, magicians, poets, etc. we’re looking for performers to participate in a no stress, fun-filled evening of entertaining your neighbors. Participants will be limited to first ten performers to register with the Events & Media Director’s office starting on Monday, June 12, 2017. You can contact the office by calling (620) 421-7032. Time slots will be limited to a total of ten minutes per entertainer with no more than five minutes in between acts to set up the stage. Further rules and details will be released at a later time.

On July 13, Music in the Park is proud to present a band out of Kansas City that blends different musical styles to form a unique sound all their own, Maria the Mexican. Influenced by traditional Mariachi music, Maria the Mexican is a hybrid of Mexican folklore and Rock. For ten years, Teresa and Maria Elena Cuevas performed with Mariachi Estrella founded by their grandmother Teresa Cuevas in 1970, as one of the first all- female mariachi bands in the country.

Maria the Mexican began May 5th, 2011 in Chicago when vocalists Maria and Teresa Cuevas hired blues/funk musician Garrett Nordstrom to play Mariachi guitar. Having been lifelong musicians from the Midwest, Nordstrom and the Cuevas Sisters paired up with guitarist Jason Riley to form Maria the Mexican, an Americana Soul/Mexicana Groove band with strong guitars and smooth vocals. Maria the Mexican is a blend of traditional Mariachi roots and contemporary blues-rock delivered in English and Spanish. It is a true hybrid of Mexican folklore and rock-n-roll.

One of the hottest R&B bands from the Midwest will take the stage on July 20 when the group Smooth Tones performs for Music in the Park. Formed in 2014 and based out of Topeka, Kansas, Smooth Tones features four talented musicians paired with amazing male and female vocalists to provide you with an evening of unforgettable music. Whether you just want to sit back and enjoy the soulful sounds, or get out on dance floor, Smooth Tones has you covered.

While primarily an R&B band, Smooth Tones isn’t afraid to branch out into other genres of music including, funk, hip hop, blues, and rock. A performance of Smooth Tones is sure to include songs by the artists you know and respect including Bobby Caldwell, Stevie Wonder, Peabo Bryson, Luther Vandross, The Gap Band, Morris Day, and Prince.

The 2017 Music in the Park series come to a close on Thursday, July 27 with a command repeat performance of Parsons’ favorite Cajuns, Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band. Chubby Carrier continues to be the most-requested artist for the Music in the Park series so the organizers figured why mess with success; give the people what they want! Chubby Carrier is known as “The World’s Premier Zydeco Showman,” and for more than 27 years, this third generation Zydeco artist has proven this is a well-deserved title.

Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band mix the traditional accordion and washboard farm house porch boogie of the Cajun prairie with dashes of 70s funk, the spices of classic R&B, and swampy twist on classic songs as only authentic Louisiana ambassadors can do. All this band’s hard work paid off in 2011 when their album “Zydeco Junkie” received the Grammy Award for Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album.

From the first downbeat, a Chubby Carrier live performance is a non-stop, high-energy journey along the Cajun highway of music. Zydeco Junkies welcome – prepare to be “funkified,” “zydecoified” and the pleasant victim of a Chubby party. Experience what Chubby calls a “Swamp-Funky Zydeco Good Time” because……. (and you know the rest)......“…there ain’t no party like a Chubby party, ‘cause a Chubby party won’t stop!”

The 2017 Music in the Park Concert Series is sponsored by the City of Parsons, with administrative assistance from Labette Community College. Promotional assistance has been provided by the Parsons Chamber of Commerce and Labette County Tourism. As always, the concerts are free of charge. Bench seating and picnic tables are available, but individuals are encouraged to bring their blankets and lawn chairs. Please remember no alcoholic beverages or glass containers are allowed in the park.

So mark your calendars, the 2017 Music in the Park series begins on Thursday, June 1, and runs through Thursday, July 27. Concerts are located at the Seaton Family Pavilion in Forest Park, 204 S. 13th Street, Parsons, Kansas.

All concerts start at 7:30 p.m., and concessions will be available beginning at 6:30 p.m. This year, Happy Foods Concessions and Genelle’s Kettle Korn of Parsons will serve as the official concessionaires of Music in the Park.

In case of severe weather conditions, the concerts will be moved to the Parsons Municipal Auditorium, 112 S. 17th, (three blocks west of the Seaton Family Pavilion) with the exception of the July 4th concert, which will be canceled. For more information phone (620) 421-7032, visit parsonsks.com, or our Facebook Page “Music in the Park Concert Series – Parsons, Kansas.”

 
                             2017 MUSIC IN THE PARK

 SEATON FAMILY PAVILION

FOREST PARK, 204 S. 13th STREET

June 1 - Parsons Community Orchestra

June 8 - Parsons Community Jazz Band

June 15 – Alice Wallace (Americana)

June 22 – Zero 2 Panic (Ska/Rock)

June 29 – Fast Times (80s Music)

July 4 (Tuesday) - Parsons Community Band (Patriotic Favorites)

July 6 – “Parsons Takes the Stage” Amateur Talent Night

July 13 – Maria the Mexican (Americana Soul & Mexicana Groove)

July 20 – Smooth Tones (R&B)

July 27 – Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band (Zydeco)

2017 Music in the Park Poster

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