Nothing spells summer quite like Music in the Park in Blue Springs.
Nothing spells summer quite like Music in the Park in Blue Springs. An event that started out modest, it has now become one of the biggest weekend draws in the county. Below are some basic facts about the event.
1. When does it start? Music in the Park, held each Sunday (see schedule below) at Rotary Park at Railroad Lake, begins May 27 and ends the first weekend in September. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets.
2. An original. While there are several cities in the area that offer variations of a free concert, they don’t, however, have as many bands or weeks, according to Doug Thompson, director for the city’s Parks and Recreation Department. The city started the concert series in 1987, which makes this its 25th year.
“It was felt that adding something diverse would add to the quality of life in the community,” Thompson said.
3. Popularity. “It’s become very well known over the years with some traveling acts,” Thompson said.
Starting off as only four weeks featuring four bands, the weekly show now boasts 15 weeks the last few years. This year the series will max out with 20 bands, including such acts as Tracy Allison and The Drive on June 3 and The Mighty Moe Joes! on May 27.
“There is a great variety of acts that people can enjoy, and this year I have a good opening week with Mighty Moe Joes! from 4-6 p.m., a band that is very popular in Kansas City. “There is a lot talent this year and some great rock ’n’ roll bands that are well known in the metro area for several years.
Thompson is encouraging people to check out Harper, who plays at 6:30 p.m. on June 17. Based out of Detroit and originally from Australia, he was one of the top concerts in Chicago in 2011 and inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in Windsor, Canada, in 2011.
4. Other event offerings. Concessions, including food and drinks, are sold during the event, but attendees may bring their own food and non-alcoholic drinks.
5. Opportunity knocks. Local bands get on board with this event by sending information to the Blue Springs Parks and Recreation Department at City Hall, 903 W. Main St., or by calling 816-228-0137.
“If they are playing close I will make a point to see them,” Thompson said.