MUSIC TO THE EARS– The Dixie Express entertained the crowd during last year’s Music in the Park.

Music in the Park returns for second season

On June 3rd the very popular Music in the Park will return for its second season on Wednesday evenings

  • Thu May 21st, 2015 3:00pm
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On June 3rd the very popular Music in the Park will return for its second season on Wednesday evenings in the Lest We Forget Park on the south side of the Lacombe Memorial Centre (LMC).

Judging from the success of last year’s program, Music in the Park will again be a favourite for all ages, offering a wide variety of musical entertainment from old time rock and doll, to Dixie land, folk, jazz and rhythm and blues, officials say.

“Music in the Park offers an opportunity for residents of Lacombe and many summer visitors to enjoy an evening of entertainment and experience a wide range of musical styles,” said Lann Lieurance, booking coordinator. “It is also provides a venue for local and regional musicians to showcase their talent and gain exposure to a new and varied audience. We have been fortunate to secure very high quality performers for Music in the Park, some of whom travel from as far away as Calgary and beyond.

“This year we not only have many of the popular acts returning, but a large number of new performers who we are looking forward to hosting. We are very grateful that the musicians value the experience here in Lacombe and look forward to being part of the Music in the Park program.”

This year, Music in the Park will kick off one month early, starting on June 3rd, thanks to the support of the Lacombe Community Market. The community market will also start on June 3rd in its outdoor venue on the east side of the LMC, running from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday evening until the end of August.

Music in the Park was started last year by the Lacombe Performing Arts Centre and the C4 Initiative Committee to promote arts and culture in the City of Lacombe. Receiving one time funding from the City of Lacombe for its initial year in 2014, the program ran through July and August.

Last year the audience numbers ranged from 200 to 500. In turn, the committee was appreciative of the generosity of the audiences and was able to use donations at the concerts to start up this summer’s performances. There are still a few concerts that are available for sponsorship opportunities but overall the organizers are encouraged by the strong support for this popular program.

Music in the Park runs from June to August, every Wednesday starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Lest We Forget Park. Everyone is invited to bring their lawn chairs and picnic blankets to the park, enjoy the beautiful weather, good friends and an evening of free entertainment.

The only change to this schedule will be on July 1st, where there will be a Canada Day Concert at Cranna Lake starting at 7:30 p.m. in the evening, to be followed by fireworks.

For details and a full program schedule, go to www.lacomberegionaltourism.com and follow the link to Music in the Park.

– submitted by Ellen Corea with the Music in the Park committee.