Hump Day Concert Series to start on May 31

The Hump Day Concert Series will be held at a scenic location, the Gazebo on the Lake at Voice of America MetroPark in West Chester. CONTRIBUTED

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The Hump Day Concert Series will be held at a scenic location, the Gazebo on the Lake at Voice of America MetroPark in West Chester. CONTRIBUTED

Free music at VOA Park sets stage for summer.

Every Wednesday this summer at Voice of America MetroPark in West Chester concertgoers will enjoy a scenic, outdoor setting as MetroParks of Butler County presents its free Hump Day Concert Series.

The series will start on Wednesday, May 31, with the Stagger Lee Band. Parrots of the Caribbean will close out the concert series on Aug. 16.

“There’s a good variety of music,” said, Kelly Barkley, senior manager of community relations, MetroParks of Butler County. “We have everything from tropical to pop, blues and jazz. No matter what your musical taste is there’s something on the list you are going to enjoy.”

One highlight will be Aug. 2, when The McCartney Project pays tribute to The Beatles and the music of Wings.

The concert series brings 12 concerts this year. The series expanded to 12 concerts in 2016. There were nine concerts in 2015 and six concerts in 2014.

“This is an opportunity to take that break in the middle of the week, and to be exposed to music, culture and the outdoors all in one fell swoop is great. … This is an opportunity to be out, enjoying nature and the beautiful season, and have free music,” Barkley said.

Concerts will be held lakeside with performers on the gazebo, just outside of the Ronald Reagan Lodge. Guests may bring chairs and blankets.

“There will be an enhanced focus on providing family fun activities during the concerts for families who bring children,” Barkley said.

Families can take advantage of several rental options while at the concert, including bikes and paddleboats. There will be an expanded family yard game area close to the concert area, so parents can listen to the concert while they play with their children. Younger children will also have an opportunity to play on the playground. Food options and adult beverages will be available for purchase on the Ronald Reagan Lodge patio.

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How to go

What: MetroParks Hump Day Concert Series

When: The series will kick off on Wednesday, May 31, with Stagger Lee Band. Concerts will continue every Wednesday through Aug. 16 from 7-9 p.m.

Where: Voice of America MetroPark, Gazebo on the Lake, 7850 VOA Park Drive, West Chester

Cost: Free. Park permit required. Permits are free to Butler County residents. Nonresidents are $5 daily or $10 annually for a permit.

More info: For a complete lineup and details or to register, go online to www.YourMetroParks.net or call (513) 867-5835. Registration not required.

MetroParks Hump Day Concert Series 2017 performance schedule:

May 31: Stagger Lee Band

June 7: Saffire Express

June 14: Ty Cooper

June 21: The Belairs

June 28: Jamison Road

July 5: Oh La La

July 12: The Sunburners

July 19: Kelsey Mira

July 26: Hickory Robot

August 2: The McCartney Project

August 9: Square Thirteen

August 16: Parrots of the Caribbean

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