La PORTE — The 2019 Arts in the Park season will kick off the week of June 5 and 6 with the La Porte City Band on Wednesday and local favorites, Junior & the Igniters, on Thursday leading into an exciting summer blast of music. The roster features new, high-energy performers, as well as favorites like the P.T. & the Cruisers, Middle of the Road, Me and the Boys, and the Tom Milo Big Band.
Entering its 19th season, the free concert series has livened Wednesday and Thursday evenings at scenic Fox Park’s Dennis Smith Amphitheater with genres including rock, pop, jazz, blues, country, big band, reggae and Christian. The experience is enhanced by the wraparound of exhibits by talented local artists and brief poetry presentations.
This year, some brand new bands have been added to the lineup, embracing additional musical styles. On Aug. 1, Marrakesh Express will bring a Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young Tribute to the stage. They are billed as the world’s only CSNY touring tribute band, reproducing the original, complex songs and challenging layered harmonies.
On July 2 in Fox Park, The Indiana Army National Guard Band will provide a patriotic note. In August, Gato and Chesterton native and emerging country star, Jerica Paliga will entertain country rock fans. Paliga has fronted for Eric Church and released an album, recorded in Nashville.
Returning popular bands and genres include: Aftermath and Midwest Hype – rock; Junior & The Igniters, Jordans & James, and PT & the Cruisers – blues / rock; Me & The Boys and The Tom Milo Big Band – Jazz / big band; People & Songs and the Agape Worship Band – Christian; Indika – reggae; Cripple Creek and Middle of the Road – Classic Rock, etc. The full band schedule is available online at www.artsintheparklaporte.com.
Pre-show music featuring many other talented performers begins at 6 p.m. in the park, followed by the concerts at 7 p.m. Those offerings include The Singing Company, The Erly Band, The Salt Exchange and Jim Post, in addition to fun special events like YMCA Zumba, Ebonie Hoops hula hoop artist, La Porte Community Drum Circle, Go Aerial Fitness Yoga, YMCA Zumba, the LPHS Marching Band and a Trail Creek Dog Show paired with the La Porte County Animal Shelter.
Also, mark your calendars to register for the Wednesday, July 24 Park and Canvas event beginning at 6 p.m. with local artist Dori Huber. Registration includes a $10 donation and participants will enjoy the City Band while Dori leads them stroke by stroke in creating their own work of art. Even first timers will find pleasure in picking up a paint brush.
Weekly concert attendees are encouraged to come hungry and enjoy the sizzling I-Street Meats hot dogs and other delights from Hero’s Hotdog, tacos and quesadillas from Tacos My Fren’, as well as chips, popcorn, homemade cookies, icecream treats and drinks. Proceeds from the concessions are a critical support of this free annual series. Organizations or individuals willing to volunteer during the summer series may register on the website. Youth and adult helpers are needed to run Popeye’s Poppin’ in the park concessions, assist selling goods on the hillside and bake cookies.
New this season, Arts in the Park (AIP) is collaborating with Roxy Music to present Guitar Madness. Guitarists have been auditioning throughout the month of May and judges will select youth and adult finalists to perform a guitar solo at each Thursday concert. Fans will place $1 votes for their favorite performer! All proceeds will benefit Arts in the Park. After wrapping up their Summer Concert Series, on Sept. 14, AIP will hold the first Fox Trot 5K Run and Walk to support the summer programming schedule. The run will start and end at the Fox Park Amphitheater with food trucks and a band to follow! More information is available on Guitar Madness and the FoxTrot at artsintheparklaporte.com.
Multiple generous sponsors have signed on to support Arts in the Park for 2019, including Season Sponsor the Healthcare Foundation of La Porte. Diamond Concert sponsor is Unity Foundation of La Porte County, while Platinum level includes 1st Source Bank, Pete and Charlene Kesling, The Bethany Foundation and Wolf Family Dentistry, P.C.
Gold concert sponsors are Centier Bank, Century 21, Edward Jones, Friends of the La Porte Library, General Insurance Services, Go Aerial Fitness, Horizon Bank, Kabelin Ace Hardware, Tom & Fran Milo, Barbara C. Moore, MTM Realty Group, Hester Muller, NIPSCO, Parkison and Hinton, Inc., Roxy Music, and Carl & Marilyn Savich. Thank you to all of the donors and sponsors who make this free Summer Concert & Fine Art Series possible! If you haven’t yet, please consider volunteering, donating or being one of our 2019 Arts in the Park Sponsors!
— submitted by Sandy Young
Amphitheater expansion project continues
Arts in the Park is continuing with its Amphitheater expansion project, which will encompass adding bathrooms for all Fox Park visitors. To support this project, or the free public music concerts, please contact Arts in the Park, PO Box 47, La Porte, IN 46352 or email@example.com.