Hump Day Concerts start next week

Robin Lacy to open Wednesday series.

“I’m personally looking forward to the variety of the different types of musicians we have this year. We have an exceptional line-up, and there’s something for everybody. We have a wide variety of genres from country music to jazz or a Big Band sound. We have Parrots of the Caribbean, which will be fun. We also have Mr. Chris and the Cruisers with Kalysta Minton. Kalysta, age 12, was featured on America’s Got Talent, so it’s neat that we can focus on some younger, local talent as well,” said Senior Manager of Community Relations Kelly Barkley of MetroParks of Butler County.

The June 1 performance will mark Robin Lacy’s first appearance as part of the MetroParks Hump Day Concert Series. The Cincinnati-based band will offer guests a variety of Americana/New Orleans-styled music.

In addition to the variety of musical acts featured this summer, the concert series has also expanded to 12 concerts this year. There were six concerts held in 2014, and the park held nine concerts in 2015, Barkley said.

“We have stepped it up, and listened to what our park customer/owners tell us they want. They want entertainment that’s local, free, and an outdoor activity that they can bring their families to, and that’s what we are trying to provide for them,” Barkley said.

This is the third year for the Hump Day Concert Series. Concerts will be held lakeside with performers taking the stage from the Gazebo, just outside of the Ronald Reagan Lodge. The concerts are free and open to the public. Guests may bring chairs and blankets.

“This is really a nice way in the middle of the week to get the family out, in a park, and in a beautiful setting,” Barkley said.

Families can take advantage of several rental options while at the concert, including bikes and paddleboats. Younger children will also have an opportunity to play on the playground. Dinner options and beverages will be available for purchase on the Ronald Reagan Lodge patio.

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