Summer concert series starts Friday

On Friday, May 1, Downtown Topeka, Inc. will begin its free community outdoor concert series.

The concert series includes concerts during the First Friday Art Walks and every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The 2015 First Friday Summer Concert Series and the Noontime Brown Bag Concert Series will feature local as well as regional artists.

FFSCS is sponsored by Strathman Sales, BUDWEISER, COX Communications, The Celtic Fox, The Office Bar and Lounge, and downtown annual sponsors.  The event will be hosted in the one hundred block of SW Eigth St. in downtown Topeka.  

Some seating will be available, but it is recommended that participants bring their own seating.  There will be outdoor beer gardens and dancing as well as music. Jarrod Guth will kick-off the festivities at 5:30 p.m. and Monk’s Wine will headline around 8 p.m.

The current schedule for FFSCS is: Monk’s Wine (May 1), Aaron Kamm and the One Drops (July 3), and Top City Ramblers (August 7). Performers for the June 5 show will be announced shortly.

NBBCS will begin on May 13 and end on August 26.

These events will be on the west lawn of the Topeka Preforming Arts Center at 8th and Quincy.  

Some seating will be provided, and participants are encouraged to grab lunch at nearby restaurants.  NBBCS is sponsored by Mize Houser and Company, TPAC, and downtown annual sponsors.

Acts scheduled to appear over the summer include: CS Luxem, Chris Aytes, Monzie Leo and The Big Sky, Slow Ya Roll, Kirk Drager, Tyler Gregory, KID JAM on TPAC LAWN, Big Harry and the Back Alley Blues, Nicolette Paige, Jacob Hodge, Judd Henry Mason, Ryan Willis, Greg Fox, Jessica Paige Band, Ashley Reynolds from Monk’s Wine and The Waterdog Nation.

Downtown annual sponsors are Capitol Federal, Clayton Financial Services, Parrish Hotel Corporation, Downtown Topeka, Inc., and Capital Business Improvement District.

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