Perrysburg series hosts local and out-of-state bandsWritten by Matt Liasse | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs for a comfy concert in the grass of Commodore Park in Perrysburg.
The Music At the Market series, in its current outdoors form, has been happening for five years, Main Art-ery Coordinator Robin Ballmer said, while a concert series has been set each summer for 20. The Perrysburg Convention and Visitors Bureau contacted Main Art-ery to organize the event. This is the first year the Perrysburg Area Arts Council is not organizing the concert series since disbanding in January.
Ballmer said the importance of the event is clear. When there’s music playing, there are more people in downtown Perrysburg.
“[The Perrysburg Convention and Visitors Bureau] understands the economic impact of people coming to Perrysburg,” she said.
The series will begin June 6 and follows every Thursday of the summer (excluding July 4). This year, there will be 12 shows instead of nine.
Ballmer said they choose the bands for each week with care.
“We want quality music and we want to work with bands that have a professional approach with what we do,” she said. “We really appreciate getting the sponsorship … so we want to make sure that we’re very careful [and] we book bands that … will be a quality sound and bring a broad audience.”
This year, the series will include a few acts from Perrysburg that Ballmer did not intentionally seek out.
“Perrysburg is loaded with musicians,” she said.
Nine Lives drummer Michael Toth said he enjoys being part of the series because three of the band’s five members are from Perrysburg.
“It’s a great way to play a show so close to home that our friends and family can attend,” Toth said.
Nine Lives will perform on the final date of the series. Another local band, Venyx, will perform July 11.
Jessica Stewart of Venyx said the concert series brings “family-friendly, culture-rich events to the Perrysburg community.”
“We are looking forward to being a part of the fantastic summer entertainment lineup,” she said.
There is even a plan for rain, in which case concerts will be at the Judy Beck Auditorium in the Commodore Building on East Indiana Avenue.
West Central Quartet, from Fort Wayne, Ind., will open the series June 6. The band is known for easy listening tunes, traditional jazz and contemporary pop songs.
It will be the first time the band will perform in Perrysburg.
Local band The Gazebo performs an “eccentric yet palatable show” on June 13, according to a news release.
“We have our eye on diversity and we like to keep a nice mix for a mix of audiences,” Ballmer said.
The schedule of bands is:
- June 6: West Central Quartet
- June 13: The Gazebo
- June 20: The Bridges
- June 27: Hepcat Revival
- July 11: Venyx
- July 18: 6th Edition
- July 25: Luke James and the Thieves
- Aug. 1: Cottonwood Jam String Band
- Aug. 8: The Home Wreckers
- Aug. 15: The Nu-Tones
- Aug. 22: Suburban Legend
- Aug. 29: Nine Lives