Chrys Weedon | Entertainment Editor
Summer in a small town can often get lonely and boring — especially in a college town, when everyone has gone back to their hometowns for the season.
But the good news is, you can break the summer monotony with the public summer events the cities of Monmouth and Independence provide for their citizens, detailed below.
Every summer, Monmouth has a summer “music in the park” series. Each Wednesday, starting July 10 and ending Aug. 28, a different band will be playing in the Main Street Park Amphitheater. All concerts begin at 6:30 p.m., and the bands cover a wide variety of genres. Attendance is free, and wine, beer and food will be available. Pets are discouraged.
July 10: Ted Vaughn Blues Band
July 17: Brass Roots Movement
Genre: New Orleans jazz
July 24: Garcia Birthday Band
Genre: Grateful Dead tribute
July 31: Midnight Serenaders
Aug. 7: Coming Up Threes
Aug. 14: Cascade Crescendo
Aug. 21: Tezeta Band
Genre: Ethiopian Funk
Aug. 28: The Resolectrics
More information can be found at www.ci.monmouth.or.us under the “things to see and do” tab.
The Independence Amphitheater in Riverview Park will be the location of the Independence “River’s Edge Summer Series,” a lineup of concerts and movie showings free to the public. Opening bands will begin at 6:30 p.m. and headliners at 8:30 p.m. starting on July 12 and occuring every Friday until Aug. 16. Movie showings will occur every Thursday starting on July 11 and lasting until Aug. 15. Movies in July will begin at 9:45 p.m. and movies in August will begin at 8:30 p.m.
July 12: Erotic City
Genre: Prince tribute band
July 19: Shoot to Thrill
Genre: AC/DC tribute band
July 26: Appetite for Deception
Genre: Guns & Roses tribute band
Aug. 2: Who’s Bad
Genre: Michael Jackson tribute band
Aug. 9: Ty Curtis
Genre: Blues-rock band
Aug. 16: Triple Shot
Genre: Heart, Pat Benatar, and Bad Company tribute band
July 11: “Bumblebee”
July 18: “Wreck It Ralph 2”
July 25: “Aquaman”
Aug. 1: “Signs”
Aug. 8: “Back to the Future”
Aug. 15: “Captain Marvel”
More information can be found at www.independenceamphitheater.com.
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