The sound of summer: Second Sunday concerts scheduled

Margaret Hurlbert
Margaret Hurlbert
Margaret Hurlbert works as the Editor of Discover Muscatine Newspaper.

Muscatine Living

MUSCATINE, Iowa–In the summer of 2010, the Muscatine County Arts Council held the Watermelon Jam. Just like a real watermelon, that event put down many seeds, which eventually grew into the Second Sunday Concert Series, which will continue this summer. Beginning June 12 and continuing through Sept. 11, the Second Sunday Concert Series will bring a varied selection of musicians to the Musser Public Library for area residents to experience.

Each year, the Arts Council takes pride in bringing a wide array of bands to appeal to many different tastes and to entice people to try something new. “This year’s offering from jazz to bluegrass, with acoustic classic rock and local favorite Cruisin’ should be enough of a draw,” Ed Chamberlin, a Muscatine County Arts Council member said.

On June 12, Leading 7ths, a band composed of West Liberty High School students, will open this year’s concert series. Their blend of jazz and funk will give audiences a smooth start to the summer. July 10, duo Jason Carl and Johnny Baker of the Jason and Johnny Experience will change things up, playing covers of well-known songs on the acoustic guitar and drums. Aug. 14, Muscatine favorite Crusin’ will put on a performance no one will one to miss. Members of the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, they will continue to bring down the house with their classic rock songs. Sept. 11, will close out the concert series with bluegrass music performed by Bob and Kristie Black of Banjoy. As Camberlin summed it up: “We always try to have diverse group of entertainment for our audience. This year is no exception.”

Following the precedent they set in previous summers, the Muscatine Area Arts Council will again hold their concerts at the Musser Public Library, located at 408 East Second Street in Muscatine. If the weather on the evening’s of the concerts proves good, the concerts will take place outside on the library grounds. If it rains, the concerts will take place inside the library. All concerts will take place from 6 to 8 p.m., except for the September concert, which will run from 5 to 7 p.m.

To keep high quality music accessible to everyone in Muscatine County, anyone may attend any of the Second Sunday Concerts for free. If people would like to support the Muscatine County Arts Council and their projects such as the Second Sunday Concert Series, they may make a donation if they choose too.

With people having so many things to do and places to go during the summer, Chamberlin encourages people to take each of the Second Sunday Concerts as a chance to slow down, relax, and revel in the joys of music: “Music is the universal language that we all can appreciate. With the diversity of this year’s performances there should be something for everyone. Also having these in an open setting, weather permitting, is also a big plus,” he observed. “If you haven’t attended one of these shows in the past, this might be the year to change that.”

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