Frisco’s Concert in the Park series kicks off Thursday, June 19. The series will take place at the Frisco Historic Park and run for nine Thursdays through Aug. 14. The series will feature music from bluegrass to country to reggae. Each week, a different local nonprofit will sell refreshments in support of their efforts in Summit County.
The concerts start at 5:30 p.m. and are free to the public. Guests are invited to bring lawn chairs and well-behaved pets to join in on the best family-friendly happy hour in Summit County.
“These concerts embody the laid-back vibe you expect in Frisco, and on top of that you’re helping out the community one concert at a time by buying refreshments from the benefitting local nonprofit at each concert,” Nora Gilbertson, town of Frisco events manager, said. “Summer is here with great music, all on charming Main Street Frisco — doesn’t get any better than that.”
June music lineup
Jon Wayne & The Pain will get the series started on Thursday, June 19, with refreshment sales to benefit Advocates for Victims of Assault. These Minneapolis-based rockers have been carving a sizeable niche in the reggae-rock genre. They play a unique mix of reggae, rock and dub and are the ultimate road warriors, having played an average of 20 shows a month for the past four years. Their live shows feature a powerful display of the trio’s “Reggae-Tronic Dub.”
The Thursday, June 26, concert benefitting the Summit Independent Business Alliance features the band Crooks. Crooks are country music at its dangerous best, breathing new life into decades-old musical traditions, stripping away the polish and shine of modern radio country and replacing it with earnest songs about life, work and pain. Sometimes it’s weary and lonesome, sometimes it’s downright bleak but often it’s just reckless fun. Add an accordion and a trumpet, and this is country redefined.
July brings Trout Steak Revival
Trout Steak Revival will keep the music going on Thursday, July 3, with refreshment sales benefitting the Summit Tigers. From Trout Steak Revival’s beginning as an informal jamming unit during treks along the Front Range, this Denver-based roots quintet has evolved into one of Colorado’s most tightly knit, hard-driving bluegrass bands. Their brand of heartfelt songwriting blends dynamic musicianship with intricately woven harmonies, all tied together with the unmistakable sound of their years of friendship. The band has earned a place in the mountain states roots scene, performing to sold-out audiences, placing in the Rockygrass Band Competition and even winning an Emmy Award for a soundtrack with Rocky Mountain PBS.
The High Country Conservation Center will be the benefactor when the Adam Ezra Group comes to town on Thursday, July 10. This roots rock band’s live performances are sweaty, passionate affairs, which have been compared to those of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Having toured with Rusted Root, The Wailers, The Avett Brothers, Jason Mraz, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Dwight Yoakam and the Gin Blossoms, the Adam Ezra Group has graduated from the local Boston scene to the national level with a momentum that is catapulting them toward being one of the country’s most talked about bands.
Birds of Chicago will take the stage in Frisco on Thursday, July 17, with concession sales benefitting Friends of the Dillon Ranger District. The Birds of Chicago display echoes of mountain gospel, doo-wop and classic soul, with back-porch instrumentation. With two truly compelling voices, Allison Russell’s pure voice wraps around the broken country-soul croon of JT Nero, delivering tales of hope, despair — and seahorses.
On Thursday, July 24, the infamous March Fourth Marching Band will bring its thundering beats to the stage in Frisco, with refreshment sales benefitting Summit County Preschool. Aside from its marching band-themed costumes, as well as the five-piece percussion corps and six-part brass section, M4 is far from a “marching band” in any traditional sense (though this group of 15 to 20 has been known to parade down Main Street before taking the stage). M4 is anchored by funky electric bass and has been evolving into a more guitar- and vocal-driven musical experience. This band has become a Frisco favorite since its first performance here in 2012.
Final three acts count down summer
Hit and Run will round out the entertainment for the month on Thursday, July 31, with proceeds from concession sales benefitting the Family & Intercultural Resource Center. Nashville-based Hit & Run, fronted by Rebecca and John Frazier, has performed on the stages of Telluride Bluegrass Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival and many other renowned venues across North America. This young group of hard-working musicians has carved its own vision of bluegrass.
The first show of August will bring Boogie Machine to the stage on Thursday, Aug. 7, and will benefit League for Animals & People of the Summit (LAPS). Boogie Machine has been packing dance floors for more than 15 years. Based in Denver, this four-piece band delivers its own flavor of ’70s and ’80s music, complete with massive hair and shiny costumes.
The Brothers Comatose holds the honor of the last concert of the series on Thursday, Aug. 14, benefitting the National Repertory Orchestra. Literal brothers, Alex (banjo and vocals) and Ben Morrison (guitar and vocals), of The Brothers Comatose, grew up in a house that was known for its music parties. With the addition of members Philip Brezina (fiddle) and Ryan Avellone (mandolin), the string quintet brings their original music and the feel of an intimate music party to audiences all across the United States.
The Concert in the Park series is pet-friendly, and outside alcohol is not allowed. For more information on the series, visit the www.townoffrisco.com or call (800) 424-1554.