Summer Band Concert lineup announced

By KEN DISTLER
Stephen Foster Music Club

May 27, 2008

The Stephen Foster Music Club has put the finishing touches on its sixth season of the Summer Band Concert Series, and the lineup features some returning groups and some that are new.

The free, family-oriented program is co-sponsored by the Bardstown/Nelson County Parks and Recreation Department and is made possible by underwriting support by Town & Country Band & Trust Company, Rob Smotherman, Bardstown, and others.

Those returning this year include the 113th Army Band from Fort Knox, River Cities Concert Band from Louisville, and Bardstown's own Bourbon City Brass Band. Groups appearing for the first time include MR2 Blue, TA2 (pronounced tattoo) Latin Sound, and Hog Operation — all from Louisville — and Blue Light Special from Bowling Green. The season wraps up with a special appearance by Australian singer and instrumentalist Pauly Zarb.

The 14-week series is presented 7 p.m. each Friday at Bardstown Community Park on East Halstead Avenue. Exceptions to that schedule are the third Friday of each month, when the series will move to the Farmers Market on East Flaget Avenue in support of the Third On Third promotion, when the downtown stores will be open late and other activities are also planned.

While the members of the Stephen Foster Music Club organize and oversee the series and the Parks Department provides the venue and its workers make sure Community Park is ready and all the equipment is moved to the park on time, the Summer Band Concert Series would not be free were it not for the many individuals and organizations that support it financially.

Those supporters are:

  • Corporate Patrons (contribution of $1,000 or more) — Town & Country Bank & Trust Co.; Rob Smotherman.
  • Patrons of the Arts (contribution of $250 or more) — Bardstown Main Street Program, 1320AM/WBRT Radio, The Kentucky Standard, First Federal Savings Bank, Kentucky Home Bank, Kroger Food Stores, Synergy Tool & Gauge Co. LLC, Two Guys Printing LLC, Wilson & Muir Bank & Trust Co., and Your Community Bank.
  • Friends of the Arts (contribution of $100 or more) — Alice & Dick Heaton, Barton Brands, Crume Drug Store, Fort Knox

Federal Credit Union, Medica Pharmacy & Wellness Center, Mike Brooks & Associates Inc., William "Bill" Brown, and Jack Allen.

A total of $5,000 in cash donations was made to the Summer Band Concert Series, and an additional $1,500 in services were donated, making this year's series the best funded yet. The level of funding this year made it possible to continue to attract new groups to entertain the citizens of Bardstown and Nelson County.

This story, written by Ken Distler from the Stephen Foster Music Club, appeared in The Kentucky Standard. Read more stories from The Kentucky Standard at www.kystandard.com.