After last year’s summer of silence in the parks, musical entertainment returns to Calaveras County on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. with the long-running, free Calaveras Arts Council Music in the Parks concert series.
Music in the Parks went silent in 2020 for the first time in over 30 years of sharing music with the community. The weekly summer concerts hold a special place in the hearts of music lovers, and general manager Kathy Mazzaferro has heard from many that they have missed the weekly summer shows.
“We are delighted with the enthusiasm of the community for the return of Music in the Parks,” she said. “We want to slowly help restore a sense of normalcy to life in Calaveras County. Music is a language we all share that can soothe, relax, make people smile and stomp their feet. Music in the parks brings us together as a community.
Music in the parks encompasses a wide range of musical styles, all chosen to resonate with the community. There is something for everyone.
“There’s everything from Chicago blues swing, jazz, California country, American folk and bluegrass, to Broadway and Americana,” Mazzaferro said.
The Kool Shifters will kick off the season with R&B and rock and roll at Jenny Lind Veterans Park in Valley Springs on Wednesday, June 16. This year, all concerts will take place on Wednesday evenings, from June 16 to August 18.
All concerts will take place outdoors this year. According to Mazzaferro, “The San Andreas concert (July 21) returns to Turner Park with smooth jazz from the Bob Eisenman Jazz Trio. A new venue this year will be White Pines Community Park in Arnold (August 18), where the Calaveras Community Band will perform tunes from Broadway and Americana.
Mazzaferro noted that she was excited about the move.
“We will have more space to stretch out under the pines. We are grateful to the White Pines Community Park Association for welcoming us to their beautiful park.
Music in the Parks concerts are non-entry events funded by individual donations from community members and the generosity of local businesses like Dignity Health Mark Twain Medical Center. More and more sponsors are multiplying.
“This year, we are delighted to welcome Big Trees Market and Sierra Pacific Lumber as sponsors,” said Mazzaferro. “Every donation is useful.
For those concerned about the security of COVID-19, Mazzaferro is reassuring.
“We will follow all local, state and federal health regulations and hope the public will work with us,” she said. “Our hope is that we can all come together in kindness and respect, celebrating the opportunity to be together again.”
Those interested in attending one of these free musical performances can print a schedule at www.calaverasarts.org or call the Gallery Store at 209-754-1774 for more information.
The next program, after the Kool Shifters, is Pinetop Boogie with American folk and bluegrass at Brice Station in Murphys on June 23 and the Windburn Brothers to end the month on June 30 at Utica Park at Angels Camp, with country swing and hillbilly. Jazz.