Music in the Park brings another summer full of music

By: 
Jordan Gerard

Another summer, another wonderful two months filled with music coming from Viking Memorial Park on Wednesdays.

Food is served at 6 p.m. and throughout the show, and the music starts at 6:30 p.m. in Viking Memorial Park.

Music in the Park series is back and ready to entertain. The fun starts on June 5 with Guilty Kilts. The Spring Grove Syttende Mai committee will serve food.

The Guilty Kilts band has two local musicians: Buck Towne and Joe Dodson. Both are long time local musicians of the mid-west and tri-state area, and they bring a unique blend of Irish, Scottish and folk music.

On June 12, Root River Jam will bring a bluegrass fusion sound to the gazebo. Merchants Bank staff from Spring Grove will serve food.

Root River Jam is an Americana group from Rochester. Original music includes folk, country, rock, blues, Celtic and jazz.

Singer and guitarist Dave Wilson brings his life experiences into song. He grew up on a farm near Preston and helped his veterinarian dad out on many farms.

Learning guitar from his brother, he eventually turned to writing music and composing songs during high school.

His band of “Jammers” includes Blake Bonde on upright bass, Miles Johnston on drums, Charlie Burket on fiddle and Charlotte Matis also on fiddle and vocals.

On June 19, Sandy Good will play with her band, Good Friends. Good is a well-known music teacher in the area.

American Legion Post 249 will serve food that night.

On June 26, the Decorah Municipal Band will take the stage. Sunrise Care will serve food.

The band consists of adult musicians from the Decorah area who have a passion for playing music.

The band is under the direction of Jim Fritz and Merlyn Finley. They are currently seeking new adult band members of all abilities and backgrounds with a passion for performing and sharing music with their community.

On July 3, RavensFire will bring their energetic performances of lively traditional Irish, folk, world, Americana and original music to the stage. The Boy Scouts will serve food.

RavensFire band members Larry and Melissa Schmidt say their love of music has kept them happily singing and playing together and recording in the U.S. and the world. 

Larry plays guitar while Melissa is on mandolin. Band member Judy Havelick plays the bodhran and all three sing.

On July 3, a Spring Grove favorite comes back just two months after their biggest performance ever in Spring Grove.

The Jim Busta Band and Mollie B will be here to entertain everyone with folk, polkas and waltzes. It’s a dancing good time.

The Spring Grove Lions Club will serve food.

July 17 continues with another Spring Grove favorite who’s been on the local music scene a long time: Joe Cody. Boy Scouts will serve food again.

On July 24, this band is back by popular demand. The Executives return to the gazebo for another night of music. Busy Bees and Relay for Life will serve food.

They may not look like they play instruments, but The Executives know what they’re doing. 

This band of real executives of real companies takes the stage, bringing back 1960s rock and roll.

Their favorite ‘60s artists are The Beatles and songs are sung in traditional four-part harmonies, a back beat, authentic Gibson guitar and classic instruments.

Finally, wrapping the season is Cat and the Fiddle on July 31. The Spring Grove High School Drama Department will serve food.

Cat and the Fiddle has also been a popular band around the Spring Grove area. 

Carol Ledeboer Johnson plays keyboard and fiddle and also sings, while band member Len Soller is on guitar, banjo and vocals. Doug Johnson also sings back up vocals.

The City of Spring Grove, Merchants Bank of Spring Grove, Spring Grove Lions Club and Spring Grove American Legion and Legion Auxiliary sponsor this year’s concert series.