The Kokomo Summer Concert Series brings national acts to the city’s Foster Park Pavilion, and 2018 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 2018 Kokomo Summer Concert Series will include the following:
Saturday June 9: Carver Center Summer Celebration featuring Josh Kaufman
As winner of the sixth season of “The Voice,” Indianapolis based singer-songwriter Josh Kaufman possesses a stunning range and singular power to capture pure emotion. He is also gearing up to release a debut album that channels his rich vocal work into a gracefully catchy blend of soul, funk, R&B, rock and classic pop. Special guest will be The Sweetwater Allstars
June 28-30: Haynes Apperson Festival
The festival will return in 2018 and feature performances by Marc Cohn (June 28), Pink Droyd (June 29), and The Guess Who (June 30). Get full details here.
Saturday, July 21: HOGfest featuring The Romantics and The Why Store
Wally Palmar, Mike Skill, Rich Cole and Brad Elvis will be stopping in Kokomo on their summer tour. The Romantics formed in 1977 and are widely known for their rock and pop hits, iconic songwriting and style. Some of their best-known, chart topping work includes “What I Like About You,” “One In A Million, ”and “Talking in your Sleep.” Palmar has also been a touring member of Ringo Starr & His All-Star Band and member of the super group Empty Hearts.
Saturday, July 28: Rhumfest
This annual event will feature Kokomo area favorites including several of the best current and former student musicians from Rhum Academy and a performance by WLRS, which features Gary Rhum on vocals and lead guitar; Sami Soutar on vocals, piano and guitar; Ethan Wallsmith on bass and James Lightsey on the drums. Rhumfest will start at 3 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 11: Weberfest featuring Walker Hayes and special guest Walker County
Weberfest featuring country singer Walker Hayes, a tried-and-true Nashville standout. He’s an original in a town all-too-often rife with mimicry and compromise. And, now, he has audiences flocking to him in a major way. He will be joined by the country sister duo from Indiana called Walker County.
Saturday, Sept. 15: Live & Let Die, The Music of Paul McCartney with the Kokomo Symphony
Join the Kokomo Symphony for an evening of Paul McCartney’s greatest hits. Singer and recording artist Tony Kishman is the creator and band leader of “Live and Let Die,” a full multimedia experience celebrating the music of Paul McCartney and featuring an amazing line-up of world class musicians. He has been performing his award-winning show to the most successful band of all time around the globe for more than a decade, bringing the music and magic of both the Beatles and Paul McCartney to a new generation, earning raves by “Beatlemaniacs” for his uncanny resemblance both visually and vocally to the beloved Beatle.
Saturday, Sept. 22: Octoberfest featuring Rumours, a Tribute to Fleetwood Mac
Rumours is the country’s premier Fleetwood Mac tribute band. Based in Atlanta, GA, Rumours captures the energy of Fleetwood Mac at the height of their career by blending perfect harmonies, precise instrumentation, and a visually engaging stage show.