A summer of music in Foster Park

The Kokomo Summer Concert Series brings national acts to the city’s Foster Park Pavilion, and 2019 will be another banner year for the program.

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 2019 Kokomo Summer Concert Series will include the following:

Saturday, June 1: Weberfest featuring Delta Rae

Delta Rae an American folk rock band formed in Durham, NC. The band consists of three siblings Ian Hölljes, Eric Hölljes, and Brittany Hölljes, as well as Elizabeth Hopkins, Mike McKee, and Grant Emerson. Their debut album “Carry the Fire” was released on June 19, 2012. It included the singles “Morning Comes,” “Dance in the Graveyards” and “Bottom of the River” which was featured on VH1. The show will feature the opening act No Name Blues, a three-man band based out of Nashville, Tenn.

Saturday, June 8: Carver Center Summer Celebration featuring Average White Band

Average White Band is considered one of the best funk and soul groups in history. The band is made up of Scottish and American musicians, Onnie McIntrye, Brent Carter, Alan Gorrie, Rocky Bryant and Fred Vigdor. Average White Band has several gold-selling albums and countless hits including “Pick Up the Pieces,” “Cut the Cake,” “Cloudy,” and “A Love Of Your Own.”

Taking inspiration from R&B heroes such as Marvin Gaye, James Brown and Donny Hathaway, the band has created their own sound with the influence of their Scottish roots. Average White Band brings a unique musical energy to each of its shows on their extensive tour. Since the band formed in 1965, it has become a multi generational attraction. The show will feature the opening act The Why Store, a well-known and popular ’90s band formed in Muncie, Indiana. The Why Store are known for their hits “Lack Of Water” and “Surround Me” among others.

Saturday, June 22: HOG Fest featuring The Allman Betts Band

After a successful year touring as The Devon Allman Project with special guest Duane Betts – the sons of Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts are joining forces to form The Allman Betts Band.

They will kick off 2019 with a new Allman Betts Band album and a worldwide tour that will feature new music, songs from their solo projects, as well as classic Allman Brothers and Gregg Allman tunes in honor of the 50th Anniversary of The Allman Brothers Band. The show will feature The Dane Clark Band as an opening act. Dane Clark was born and raised in Anderson, Ind. and has spent the last 23 years as the drummer for John Mellencamp’s Band. In his own band he sings and plays guitar.

July 4-6: The Haynes Apperson Festival

This year’s musical lineup will feature a strong mix of incredible hits covering three decades of timeless music including a ’70s night featuring The Marshall Tucker Band, an ’80s hair band night with Quiet Riot, and a night of ’90s alternative, pop rock with the Spin Doctors.

Saturday, July 27: Rhumfest

Several favorite past and present musicians from Rhum Academy of Music will perform during the festival. The event is set to start at 3 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 17: Kokomo Symphony show featuring Sweet Caroline (A tribute to Neil Diamond)

The “Sweet Caroline Tour” is a Neil Diamond Concert Celebration starring the No. 1 Diamond performer in the world – Jay White. It is without question the most authentic Neil Diamond Concert Experience on the planet as it features Jay backed by a 10-piece musical ensemble that includes key members of Neil Diamond’s Tour Band.

Saturday, Sept. 21 – Octoberfest featuring Hard Day’s Night (Beatles Tribute)

Since 1996, Hard Day’s Night has been entertaining Beatles fans across the country. Coming out of the rock n’ roll city of Cleveland, Ohio, Hard Day’s Night is considered one of the premiere Beatles tribute groups today. The group consists Mike and Frank Muratore, John Auker, and Patrick Gannon as the Band, with lead sound engineer Nate Lockwood. Hard Day’s Night has had the pleasure of performing for thousands of Beatles fans in England and the United States, including such national clients as Continental Airlines, Hard Rock Cafe, Hilton Hotels, Volkswagen of America, and the American Heart Association. The show will feature opening act The Jhonny and Sallie Show.

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