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Posted on: June 29, 2020



Expect the same great entertainment this year as local industry, CST Storage, has graciously agreed to continue their title sponsorship for the 2020 season of the Music in the Park Concert Series. The free “CST Storage 2020 Music in the Park Concert Series” has been shortened this year due to the COVID-19 virus and scheduling and routing changes and is slated to begin on Thursday, July 2. 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.)

Always a fan-favorite and all-around nice guy, Duke Mason has graciously agreed to fill in at the last minute on Thursday, July 2 to kick off our season. Duke will be joined on stage by his traveling road band, The Duke Mason Band. The band is comprised of seasoned and talented musicians, which compliments Duke’s performance style. Expect a variety in the genre of classic rock, a little country, and gospel selections.

On July 9, Music in the Park has Jacob Tovar and his band, filling in for previously scheduled EmiSunshine who is postponed due to COVID 19 and scheduling problems. Don’t worry, however, EmiSunshine and her band is scheduled to perform a free concert at the Parsons Municipal Auditorium, October 11.

For those who were disappointed there wasn’t any old-timey country, you are going to be happy. Jacob Tovar is an Oklahoma musician bringing country music back to its classic roots. He sings impactful country standards and writes and performs original tunes that carry stories with which everyone can relate. His timeless crooning honkytonk vocals can haunt and enchant all in the same phrase, while his riveting guitar playing frames each melody with a spark of distinction.

Since his debut album in August 2015, he’s been spreading the Roots Country genre around the Midwest, Europe, and beyond, sharing bills with the likes of John Fulbright, Chris Stapleton, Hanson, Junior Brown, Wayne the Train Hancock, Paul Benjaman, and many more Tulsa Sound natives.

Check out the remaining three concerts – still scheduled to perform on July 16 playing the Classic Rock we all love is the band Encore, on July 23, the CST Storage 2020 Music in the Park Concert Series gets groovy and far out with a performance of the production “Peace, Love & Music: A Tribute to the Bands of Woodstock,” and the finale concert on Thursday, July 30 is a performance of 2020 inductee to the Kansas Music Hall of Fame and Coffeyville native Donnie Miller.

The CST Storage 2020 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.

All concerts start at 7:30 p.m., and concessions will be available beginning at 6:30 p.m. For 2020, Blade & Co., and  Genelle’s Kettle Korn of Parsons have graciously to serve as our official concessionaires of CST Storage 2020 Music in the Park.

Although shortened, we have worked very hard to bring quality entertainment to this season’s series. Even though outdoors, we are encouraging masks and social distancing. In case of severe weather conditions (heat advisories or rain/thunderstorms), the concerts WILL NOT be moved to the Parsons Municipal Auditorium. If under a heat advisory or warning, concerts may begin later than 7:30 p.m. and still be held outdoors as the sun goes down and the weather cools.

We will abide by all restrictions due to COVID-19 virus placed by the State of Kansas, Labette County, and the City of Parsons when presenting these concerts. On show day, please check the Music in the Park Parsons Kansas Facebook page or call the Events and Media Director’s office (620) 21-7032 for current, up-to-date information, and to check show dates, times, and artists before traveling any distance.

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