Free Summer Evening Concerts!

Posted on May 19th, 2015 by Lara

FREE performances on Denison University’s Fine Arts Quad, 338 West Broadway, Granville (if rain – held in Burke Hall). Concerts will start at 6:30PM and will be a 90 minute set with no intermission. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and picnics. Vehicles parked in the driveway leading to Burke Hall are subject to ticketing and/or towing. Performances may not be taped without the explicit permission of the artists. These concerts are facilitated by Granville Recreation District and are made possible through the cooperation of Denison University.

GRD COTG Series Manager: Dena McKinley,
Public Performance Committee: Ruth Garrett, Nicole Jardell, Doug Moran, Ben Pickrell, Amanda Schneider, Vicki Sussman, Dawn Vujevic

Parrots of the Caribbean – Monday May 25, 6:30PM
GRD Volunteer Appreciation Day
Food Truck: Steamroller Bagel

Parrots of the Caribbean is known throughout the US and Canada as the premier Jimmy Buffett tribute act, delighting audiences with their music and high energy show for the past decade.  Along with all of our favorite Buffett songs, they’ll also be performing original Tropical-Rock hits from their most recent acclaimed CD Release, “Cool Bayou,” a blend of Zydeco, Rock and Country.  So don your Hawaiian shirt, Bermuda shorts and flip-flops, grab your fruity drink and join us for the opening performance of this year’s series!

Hillbilly Idol – Sunday June 7
Sponsored by Granville Kiwanis
Food Truck: Mai Chau

Like missionaries of Country Music, Hillbilly Idol loves to spread the gospel of Hank, Bill, George, Lefty, and Merle. Hillbilly Idol reaches back to embrace the traditions of bluegrass, western swing, and honky tonk, and brings them forward to “water the roots” of those traditions today.  The band has produced three critically acclaimed CDs including “Town and Country”, “Hillbilly Idol”, and “Lights of Town”.  It might not be your Grandpa’s country music, but he’d probably approve!

Ray Fuller and the Blues Rockers – Sunday June 21
Seniors Ice Cream Social
Sponsored by: McPeek – Hokestra Funeral Home & Home Instead
Food Truck: Sophie’s Pierogi

A native of New Albany and a graduate of Columbus School of Art & Design, Ray Fuller received his first guitar at the age of 8 and was initially inspired by the “British Invasion”.  After discovering John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, BB King, and other blues greats, he formed his band in 1974.  Most recently,  Fuller has focused on his passion for slide guitar, developing his own style which many have compared to Elmore James and Hound Dog Taylor. He is now a headliner at Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago and tours throughout the US and abroad.

The Motown Sounds of Touch – Sunday June 28
Sponsored by: Kendal at Granville
Food Truck: Dashing Diner

Energetic dance performances and engaging personalities have brought the audiences of this Dayton-based group to their feet, making Touch the Premier Motown Sound Tribute band.  Entertaining and delighting crowds for over a decade, the group has shared the stage with Al Green, Foreigner, The Spinners, Percy Sledge, The Isley Brothers,  Eddie Money and the legendary Ray Charles.  Featuring smash hits from The Four Tops, Earth, Wind and Fire, Marvin Gaye, the O’Jays, Smokey Robinson and the Mirackes, Stevie Wonder, Temptations and more.

Yiddishe Cup – Sunday July 12
Food Truck: Sophie’s Pierogi

Yiddishe Cup, formed in 1988, is regarded as one of the Top Ten Klezmer bands in the North America.  The has played across the US at festivals, colleges and numerous Jewish gatherings. Klezmer (Yiddish for village musician) is a hybrid of Eastern European Jewish folk music, American swing, Yiddish theater tunes and Israeli horas. The Evening Post of Wellington, New Zealand called it “a delicious concoction that sounds like jazz but with 11 secret herbs and spices added.” The only group Granville Rec has ever booked that features a “shtickmeister”, Yiddishe Cup blends outstanding musicianship with an eccentric music mix and hip humor.

Andes Manta – Sunday July 26
Food Truck: Mai Chau

The musicians of Andes Manta believe that through their music they bring a rare opportunity for cultural understanding between the people of their homeland, South America, and the people of modern North America.  Although Andean music has been played in South America for thousands of years, its beginnings have been lost in the mists of time. Despite the mystery, this vibrant and powerful music continues to be played from Colombia to Tierra del Fuego, with none better than the four Lopez brothers.  Playing more than 35 traditional instruments, Andes Manta is well known for their virtuosity and extraordinary performances at Carnegie Hall, the Discovery Channel, the National Cathedral, Lincoln Center and hundreds of schools and festivals. 

Mousetrap – Sunday August 2
Sponsored by: Licking Memorial Health Systems
Food Truck: Steamroller Bagel

Veteran Columbus performing artist Bob Piascik has assembled four fellow musicians (and fellow parents) to create an interactive show that is totally family-friendly.   Featuring favorite modern hits from Hannah Montana, the Cheetah Girls, Aly and A.J., Ashley Tisdale, the Jonas Brothers, Smashmouth, Aaron Carter and more, featured along with music that emphasizes positive values.  Join the fun with lots of audience interaction, community sing-along, and dancing at this high-

Dennis Stroughmatt & Creole Stomp – Sunday August 16
Sponsored by: Granville Rotary
Food Truck: Taco Sherpa

Dennis Stroughmatt and Creole Stomp are based in southern Illinois, or “Upper Louisiana”, according to the band. Dennis learned to speak French and play French Creole music before relocating to Louisiana.  He formed Creole Stomp in 2002 and since then the band has carried the torch of French Creole music and culture across North America.  With a unique sound that blends ancient and modern Mississippi River valley music.  Creole Stomp is the “Real Deal” in Louisiana Creole Zydeco, Cajun, Blues, and New Orleans Swamp Pop.

Other information:

Restrooms are available in Burke Hall.  If inclement weather causes a performance to be moved indoors, it will be held in Burke Hall and notification will be provided on the GRD website at and on the GRD’s answering machine at 740-587-1976.  Concerts are produced by the Granville Recreation District and are made possible through the cooperation of Denison University.