Frisco’s Concert in the Park series kicks off Thursday, June 25 |

Frisco’s Concert in the Park series kicks off Thursday, June 25

Summit Daily staff report

Frisco's Concert in the Park series begins Thursday, June 25. The series will take place at the Frisco Historic Park and run for nine Thursdays through Aug. 20, featuring music from bluegrass to country to jazz to rock. Each week, a different local nonprofit will sell refreshments to raise money in support of its efforts in Summit County. The concerts start at 5:30 p.m. each Thursday and are free to the public. Visitors are invited to bring a lawn chair and well-behaved pets to join in on the best family-friendly happy hour in Summit County.

"In my mind, summer is not complete without the opportunity to lounge on a lawn listening to great music with dancing kids and cold beverages," said Nora Gilbertson, town of Frisco events manager. "The Concert in the Park Series is Frisco's expression of love for music and summer, set in the Historic Park right on our super cute Main Street. It just doesn't get any better."

Concert in the Park schedule

Rose's Pawn Shop starts the series on Thursday, June 25. This Los Angeles band confronts traditional country music themes of loss, lamentation and redemption with a couple of drinking songs thrown in for good measure. And, while they do borrow a few pages from Hank Williams, Bill Monroe and Johnny Cash, Rose's Pawn Shop takes those pages, tears them up and sets them on fire with three- and four-part vocal harmonies and lyrics that'll break a listener's heart with strains of Appalachian and Americana music. Concession sales at this concert benefit the Summit Independent Business Alliance.

On Thursday, July 2, Hot Buttered Rum takes the stage at the Frisco Historic Park. The band's three songwriters, Nat Keefe, Erik Yates and Aaron Redner, spin tales about the good times, the bad times and the roads between and belt them from the heart in three-part harmony. Bryan Horne's athletic standup bass and Lucas Carlton's tasteful percussion combine with the acoustic instruments to create a sound that's part bluegrass, pop and folk. Concession sales at this concert benefit the National Repertory Orchestra.

Springfield, Missouri, bluegrass quintet The HillBenders heads to Frisco on Thursday, July 9. With their high-octane shows, tight harmonies and stunning instrumental prowess, this band has been winning fans and making waves at every festival it's been invited to and consequently re-invited to since its formation in 2008. The HillBenders recognize their ability to bridge the gap between the common music consumer and the bluegrass genre, selecting material that defies any hillbilly stigmas. Concession sales at this concert benefit High Country Conservation Center.

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Frisco's Concert in the Park series continues Thursday, July 16, with Taarka. Taarka's live shows strike a balance between well-crafted songs and spirited instrumentals, expanding on its beginnings as a purely-instrumental string band putting a modern spin on gypsy and Eastern European folk music. Listeners will be able to distill flavors of Western and Eastern folk traditions, jazz, rock, bluegrass, old-time, gypsy, Indian and Celtic music — all in a string-band setting. Concession sales at this concert benefit Family Intercultural Resource Center.

Samantha Fish takes the stage at the Frisco Historic Park on Thursday, July 23. Kansas City-based Fish has been on a major roll ever since she teamed up with Cassie Taylor and Dani Wilde on her 2011 release, "Girls with Guitars." Fish has incorporated the sounds of the classic rock of The Rolling Stones and Tom Petty, alongside contemporary artists such as Sheryl Crow and The Black Crowes, in putting together a sound that is uniquely hers. Concession sales at this concert benefit Friends of the Dillon Ranger District.

The free live music in Frisco continues to chug along with Big Daddy Love on Thursday, July 30. Big Daddy Love brings a natural blend of grass, roots and rock to the emerging North Carolina music scene.

With fiery vocals, sweet harmonies, authentic song-craft and undeniable musicianship, the quintet delivers high-energy performances composed of their own brand of good-time music. The startling power and genuine lyrics of their live shows resonate with their audiences. Concession sales at this concert benefit Rotary Club of Summit County.

Heading into the final weeks of summer, the Concert in the Park series will welcome New Orleans Suspects on Thursday, Aug. 6. The band began playing together in 2009 as a pick-up band putting a contemporary twist on the funk, rock and R&B traditions of New Orleans music. They quickly began attracting large crowds from San Francisco to New York. In three short years, they released three CDs and established themselves as one of New Orleans' best super-groups. Concession sales at this concert benefit Advocates for Victims of Assault.

On Thursday, Aug. 13, Frisco will bring Dead Winter Carpenters to the Historic Park stage. In a time when music has been transformed and genre lines are left behind, Dead Winter Carpenters is producing an ever-evolving style of music.

The time spent in the studio, in the woods and crisscrossing the American countryside has provided Dead Winter Carpenters with a ground-breaking sound that blends Americana roots-rock with a tinge of straightforward, tell-it-like-it-is alt country that is as hard-hitting as it is whimsical. Concession sales at this concert benefit League for Animals & People of the Summit.

The Jacob Larson Band will close out the Concert in the Park series in Frisco on Thursday, Aug. 20. The Jacob Larson Band is a funk and soul ensemble, combining powerhouse vocals, classic instrumentation and an old-school approach to music that just about everyone loves. Digging inspiration from the roots of soul religion, the band shares their own take on such notable influences as the Tower of Power, Stevie Wonder, Sam Cooke and Al Greene. Concession sales at this concert benefit Summit County Preschool.

If you go

What: Rose’s Pawn Shop, first event of Frisco’s Concert in the Park series

When: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 25

Where: Frisco Historic Park, Main Street, Frisco

Cost: Free; concession sales benefit the Summit Independent Business Alliance

More information: The Concert in the Park series is pet-friendly, and outside alcohol is not permitting. For more information, visit, or call (800) 424-1554.