Summer concert series kicks off Wednesday

Zoe Greszler • Jun 4, 2019 at 1:00 PM

The Norwalk Area Visitor’s Bureau will present the city’s annual Free Summer Concert Series this year. 

Beginning this week, the performances will take place at 6 p.m. each Wednesday through Aug. 7 at Veterans Memorial Lake Park.

“We’re just really excited for it to be back and to start it up again,” said visitor bureau director Kelly Lippus, who added that people “travel from all over” to attend events.

After one of the series sponsors, Gaymont Nursing Center (now Gaymont Care & Rehabilitation) was sold last year, owners Bill and Erin Dotson turned everything they ran over to the bureau. Lippus said the event fits nicely with the bureau’s ideals and goals and its involvement doesn’t mean the Dotsons have left the scene.

“They just wanted to make sure we keep it going,” Lippus said. “They loved handling it; it was one of their favorite things. They didn’t want to give it up and they’re still very, very involved with the whole thing.”

As a new feature to the annual event this year, Wescott's Arctic Shaved Ice will bring its mobile cart to offer frozen treats to concertgoers. 

“That’s something new and exciting this year,” Lippus said. “And who knows; we’ll see how this goes, but it could segue into bringing more food trucks out there.”

Some things though have remained constant — such as the concerts attracting the whole family to enjoy a wide variety of music and supporting local artists. 

“It’s free, though a lot of work goes into it,” Lippus said. “Bring a picnic dinner or snacks and outdoor (play equipment). It’s just a great place to park the chair and enjoy. It’s a good family event for the summer. And did we mention it’s free? Plus I think Norwalk has such a great music and arts scene that’s budding and this is a nice outlet for that.”

Assistant director and a musician himself, Tony Schaffer said he’s seen how the event brings the community together whether it’s family, friends, businesses or performers. All ages and backgrounds come together.

“Music is a great way for people of all different ages, breeds, colors and to unite,” Schaffer said.

“Music always brings people together. This is free and in a cherished community location. It ends at good time so you can still get the kids in bed at a decent hour. And the more supported it is, the more likely it is to grow in the future so we encourage everyone to come out, attend and participate.”

The schedule of performers features all local artists.



June 5 — Rick DeWitt (solo)

June 12 — Chu Dat Frawg

June 19 — Matt Kean & Friends

June 26 — Last Call Trio

July 3 — OSU Alumni Band

July 10 — Dan Robertson

July 17 — Kevin Obermeyer

July 24 — Scott Stiert & Harry Pepper

July 31 — The Divots

Aug. 7 — The Elephants

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