Marysville’s outdoor music series will return this year with two concerts at Jennings Memorial Park. The concerts will be held on July 16 and 23.
The free concert series allows families to come down to the Lions Centennial Pavilion at the center the park and enjoy a concert.
“We’re super excited to bring this back,” said Chris Taylor, cultural arts supervisor with the Marysville Parks, Culture and Recreation Department.
Normally the concert series features five weeks of concerts, but this year it will be just two.
“At the time we were planning this in February there were still many COVID restrictions and we weren’t sure what we would be able to do at this time,” said Taylor.
“We really wanted to make an effort to bring live music back,” he said, so they stuck with two concerts in case they required additional manpower to ensure the concerts are safe this year.
“It has been a rough year and a half for everyone,” said Taylor, and the city was hoping to bring back some of the typical summer events such as the free outdoor music.
The Lonely Hearts Club will perform on July 16 and Ranger and the “Re-Arrangers” will perform on July 23.
“I wanted to make sure we contacted the bands we lost in 2020,” said Taylor. “I feel really good we were able to reach out to those artists and bring them back now."
The Lonely Heart Club band perform Beatles covers and other songs.
“They are a Seattle tribute band that play the early hits,” said Taylor.
Meanwhile, Taylor described Ranger and the “Re-Arrangers” as a mix of spirit and jazz music.
“The kind of jazz you would hear in a Louisiana café,” he said.
Families are invited to enjoy the concerts at Jennings Memorial Park.
“I think they like the opportunity to dance if they want to do, or to just sit, listen and lounge in the park,” said Taylor.
“They can join in and sing with the band or sit back,” he said.
Marysville provides the free concerts so that people can get out in the summer and enjoy the park.
“We believe arts are pivotal in reducing division and bringing people together,” said Taylor. “That’s what our Parks, Culture and Recreation department is all about."
Taylor also wanted to thank this year’s sponsors for the series, Sonic Drive-In and Lydig Construction.