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Posted on: May 22, 2018


Expect the same great entertainment but with a new name this year. Local industry, CST Storage, as a part of their 125th Anniversary, has graciously agreed to become a title sponsor for this year’s Music in the Park Concert Series. The “CST Storage 2018 Music in the Park Concert Series” is slated to begin on Thursday, June 7 and as always is free. The City of Parsons, Kansas is proud to co-present this weekly concert series, located at the Seaton Family Pavilion in Forest Park at 204 S. 13th Street (13th and Broadway.)

The concert series kicks off on Thursday, June 7 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.

Back by request and popular demand, Stone Country appears on Thursday, June 14. Stone Country, featuring lead vocalist, Shana Lynette Stone, is a country rock band from Southeast Kansas and is composed of talented band members Dan Duling – bass guitar and vocals, Shana Lynette Stone – lead and harmony vocalist, Tim Letchworth – keyboard, Rick Eaves – steel guitar, Rick Duling – drums and vocals, and Jason Richison – lead guitar and vocals.

All are accomplished performers and musicians on their own and come together to entertain - “If you like your country music rock solid, you’ll love Stone Country!” Don’t miss this great show! Check them out on Facebook at “Stone Country.”

Musical Director Seth Roach and the Community Jazz Band will make their first appearance of this concert series on Thursday, June 21 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.

Do you like the music of The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, and Otis Redding? Then check out Kansas City’s very own Big Rick Soul Band on Thursday, June 28. Specializing in soul, blues, funk, R & B, and classic rock, Big Rick Soul Band will get any party on its feet. The band’s presence, energy, and fresh groove caters to all sorts of events, and once they start playing its almost impossible to keep off the dance floor. Led by their namesake, vocalist “Big Rick” Robinson sings from the heart. Patrons of Music in the Park might remember Rick’s smooth and powerful vocals from a previous performance with the band Soul’d Out in 2015.

Celebrate Wednesday, July 4th with a patriotic musical salute by the Community Band featuring all your favorite marches and anthems. Other activities sponsored by the Parsons Chamber of Commerce will also be held in Forest Park. 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 band performance.

Since July 4 is on a Wednesday, there will not be a Thursday night concert on July 5.

On Thursday, July 12, Music in the Park is proud to present Big Smitty, a versatile Southwest Missouri band playing rock, country, pop, and funk. Originally formed in the year 2000, Big Smitty has been playing venues across the four state area of Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Arkansas in all types of venues and settings. Fronted by Shawn “Big Smitty” Smith, the band consists of veteran, talented local musicians, Scott Hill, Waylon Schultz, Kevin Allen, Chase Hunter, and Scott Eastman who have many years of experience bringing solid and professional quality shows to entertain for nearly any situation.

The Bel Airs (Swinging Blues) will take the stage on Thursday, July 19. Fronted by brothers Dick and Dave Pruitt on bass and electric guitars, with Michael Cherry on drums, the Bel Airs play a danceable mix with an authentic but eclectic bluesy-country-soul-and-rock-‘n’-roll sound influenced by the likes of Wilson Pickett, Slim Harpo, Howlin' Wolf and Johnny Cash.

Living on the road and playing clubs from "Austin to Boston," the Bel Airs are carrying on the tradition of American Rhythm and Blues. Growing up on country soul and rock-n-roll, the Pruitt brothers have developed a harmony vocal style all their own. They have been performing together for more than 30 years, wowing audiences nightly with their unique brand of music- leading one reviewer to refer to them as the "Everly Brothers of Blues."

The CST Storage 2018 Music in the Park Concert Series comes to close on Thursday, July 26 when Horton Records presents “The New Tulsa Sound” featuring Seth Lee Jones, Paul Benjaman, Jesse Aycock, Dustin Pittsley, and more.

Horton Records, LTD is a non-profit 501c-3 organization based in Tulsa, OK. Their mission is to provide support and tools for band management, promotion, booking, merchandising, and distribution in order to help local and regional musicians fulfill their artistic goals and further promote local and regional music on a broader scale. The company is named in recognition of former Parsonian, Brian Horton, a longtime advocate and supporter of the Tulsa music scene.

“The New Tulsa Sound” concert will feature a collaboration of free-following musical ideologies between the artists of Horton Records as they are backed by an All Star revue band of talented musicians. Audience members can expect to hear various musical genres including folk, blues, rock, jazz, country, and funk. All these rich sounds will be presented on stage in a laid-back and relaxed improvised style.

Artists scheduled to appear include; Seth Lee Jones, who is not only a talented slide guitarist and vocalist, but highly regarded for the custom guitars he crafts; Paul Benjaman, who usually fronts his own band, builds on the classic Tulsa Sound, and signature guitar licks are the focal point and driving force to his live shows; Jesse Aycock a singer/songwriter who is internationally respected for his musical talent, and when not working on his solo projects stays busy as a member of the super group Hard Working Americans; and Dustin Pittsley a rock/blues guitar slinger who is often compared to the likes of Warren Haynes, Hendrix and Clapton.

The CST Storage 2018 Music in the Park Concert Series is managed 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 CST Storage 2018 Music in the Park series begins on Thursday, June 7, and runs through Thursday, July 26. Note: No July 5 concert. 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. For 2018, 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.”

  • June 7 - Parsons Community Orchestra
  • June 14 – Stone Country (Country)
  • June 21 - Parsons Community Jazz Band
  • June 28 – Big Rick Soul Band (R & B)
  • July 4 (Wednesday) - Parsons Community Band (Patriotic Favorites)
  • July 5 – No Thursday Night Concert
  • July 12 – Big Smitty (Variety)
  • July 19 – The Bel Airs (Swinging Blues)
  • July 26 – Horton Records Presents: “The New Tulsa Sound"
Click here to view the 2018 Music in the Park Poster
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