The sixth season of the summer concert series at the Louis and Sandra Berkman Amphitheater at Historic Fort Steuben kicks off on Thursday.
We believe the varied and exciting series lineup will mean packed crowds enjoying the entertainment as well as the warm weather and view of the Ohio River and hills of West Virginia throughout the summer.
This year's show lineup at Historic Fort Steuben runs the gamut.
Thursday's event is an "oldies" concert featuring the bands One-A-Chord, an a cappella quartet specializing in doo-wop songs, and the Original Fantasy's, which plays hits from the 1950s, '60s and '70s. There also will be a cruise-in complete with dash plaques and awards.
May 31 brings Jazz Night, opening with the Four Swingin' Jazzbos, a quartet offering a classic jazz sound, and headliner Etta Cox, who performed with the Navy Jazz Band.
Rock and Pop Oldies Night will be June 7 and feature the Igniters, an R&B/soul/roots-rocking band featuring top-notch musicianship and strong vocals with tight harmony.
June 14 will be Swing and Blues Night featuring Blue Lunch, an eight piece band from Cleveland that performs '50s-era swing and jump blues along with Chicago-style blues and New Orleans R&B.
On June 21 comes R&B Funk Night, featuring the Art & Soul Art Show from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Elmoz Fire at 6:30 p.m. And June 28 will be John Denver Tribute Night featuring John Adams, who moved to Colorado in 200 and he celebrates the life, memory and music of Denver at festivals and concerts.
July 5 is reserved for Patriotic Night featuring the Tri-State Community Band, which originally formed in 1980 as the Toronto High School Alumni Band for football games. The band has since expanded to include members from Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Also performing that evening will be Legend, a six-piece R&B Oldies Band featuring brass, guitar, percussion and four lead vocalists.
July 12 is Americana Night and will feature the 797th Regimental String Band. As part of the 150th Commemoration of the Civil War, the band features songs of the 19th century. And July 19 will be Rock and Soul Night featuring Sputzy and the Soul Provid3rs, as well as Airborne featuring Jeff Jimerson.
July 26 brings Country Night with the Joseph Sisters, Ohio Valley natives, and country singer/songwriter Zach Paxson, while the Beatles Tribute Night Beatlemania Magic will conclude the series on Aug. 2.
There's seating for about 300 on the benches at the amphitheater, but many who attend the shows bring their own blankets and lawn chairs. There's also free parking within easy walking distance of the amphitheater.
We applaud the efforts of everyone who has helped organize the successful concert series. Now all that's needed are area residents who want to spend a relaxing evening downtown listening to some great music.
We're betting this season will bring back young and old alike, with many new admirers to boot.