A summer of music in Foster Park

The Kokomo Summer Concert Series brings national acts to the city’s Foster Park Pavilion, and 2017 will be another banner year for the program.

Scheduled to play during the Haynes Apperson Festival, Blues Traveler and Grand Funk Railroad will take center stage for the series.

Organizers book a variety of performers for the series in hopes of offering something for everyone. The shows are free and held in the family-friendly atmosphere of Foster Park in downtown Kokomo.

The 2017 Kokomo Summer Concert Series will include the following:

Saturday, June 10: Kevin Eubanks Quartet and the Rob Dixon Trio
The concert series kicks off on June 10 at Kokomo Ribfest with the Kevin Eubanks Quartet. Eubanks is known for his role as the music director of The Tonight Show Band when Jay Leno hosted, and he appeared on the show for 18 years. The Rob Dixon Trio, the Indy Jazz Fest and Jazz Foundation will also perform at the event.

Friday, June 30: Blues Traveler with opening act the Jason Skaggs Band
Blues Traveler comes to the annual Haynes Apperson Festival. The band is known for the hit-singles “Run-Around,” “But Anyway,” “Hook,” and “The Mountains Win Again.” The show will open with the Jason Skaggs Band.

Saturday, July 1: Grand Funk Railroad and opening act Rogers Ritual Band
Grand Funk Railroad will headline for the Haynes Apperson Festival. The band features founding members Don Brewer and Mel Schacher, along with Max Carl from the band .38 Special, Bruce Kulick from KISS, and Tim Cashion from Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band. Grand Funk Railroad is known for hits such as “We’re an American Band,” and “Some Kind of Wonderful.” The show will feature local opening act Rogers Ritual Band.

Saturday, July 22: Mitch Ryders and the Detroit Wheels with Indiana-based rock band The Easthills
Mitch Ryder was named one of the top five most influential rock and roll singers to ever come from Detroit. The group is known for songs including “Devil with a Blue Dress” and “Jenny Take a Ride.” The show will feature an opening set by The Easthills, an Indiana-based rock and roll band.

Saturday, July 29: Visual Signals and artists from Rhum Academy of Music
Local music students will perform during Rhumfest. The Summer Sonic Class and various solo acts will perform, along with bands from the Rhum Academy, including Kassey King, Courtney Pitzer, Pale Giants, Gary and Jessica Rhum. Visual Signals will be the headliner for the event.

Saturday, Aug. 12: Son Volt with opening acts Song Syndrome and Black Radio
As part of WeberFest, Son Volt, an American alternative country group formed by Jay Farrar in 1994, will perform. The show, presented by Weber Speakers, will feature opening acts Song Syndrome from Nebraska and Black Radio from Maryland.

Saturday, Sept. 23: ZOSO – The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience, with special guests Hero Jr. and opening act Alan Kaye
ZOSO: The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience will perform at Octoberfest. The night will include special guest Hero Jr. from Indianapolis and an opening set by local artist Alan Kaye.

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