Kokomo Performing Arts Pavilion Announces 2013 Summer Concert Series

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The Kokomo Performing Arts Pavilion has announced the free 2013 summer concert series at Foster Park located in downtown Kokomo, Indiana. The lineup features classic rock, country, classic hits, Motown, pop, R&B and more.

"It is our goal to bring quality entertainment to Kokomo and drive people from the area and beyond to our fine city. With a diverse lineup of acts we hope to attract fans of all walks of life to our FREE summer concert series," said Brett Daniels, Talent Coordinator for Kokomo Arts Pavilion at Foster Park.

To kick off this year's series, the Kokomo Performing Arts Pavilion welcomes John Ford Coley on Friday, May 3. The Grammy nominated, multi-platinum singer and songwriter is most remembered performing as a duo with England Dan on such hits as "I'd Really Love To See You Tonight," "Nights Are Forever Without You" and "Love Is The Answer." Alt-country singer and songwriter, Tim Easton, will perform on Saturday, May 18 at the Rhum Academy. His song, "Burgundy Red," won the 9th Annual Independent Music Awards Vox Pop award for ‘Best Americana Song' in 2009.

Join The Contours with Sylvester Potts for an evening of Motown along with special guests 23-10, 26 West, Token Blue, and Shiny Penny on Saturday, June 8 as part of the Ribfest at The Pavilion. The following weekend, southern rock legends Georgia Satellites, best known for their Billboard hit "Keep Your Hands To Yourself, " along with "Battleship Chains" and "Hippy Hippy Shake!" will take the stage on Friday, June 14 with guest performers, Rodney Collins Band and The Easthills. The Kokomo Symphony Orchestra will perform 1964: The Tribute to the Beatles honoring the music icons on Saturday, June 22 led by music director José Valencia. Finishing up the month, The Kingdom Come Festival will feature acts from Never Cease, Soulyptic, 3 Times Driven, From the Ruins, Da Messenger, Black Pages, Shine Bright Baby, Pioneer, Children 18:3, and Grave Robber on Friday, June 28 and performances from Jacob Generation, The Surrendering, Matt Moore, Blake Whiteley, Brianna Caprice, Silver From Flames, Sorpus Christi, Trevor Heyd, 3 Union, Pure Star Movement, Forever at Last, Loftland, The Protest, Ashes Remain, and Nine Lashes on Saturday, June 29. As Kokomo's largest Christian music festival, it began in 2010 and has grown from around 100 people in attendance in year one to approximately 1200 in year two.

Continuing the summer fun with the Haynes Apperson Festival, iconic Blue Oyster Cult, known for such hard rock songs as "(Don't Fear) The Reaper," "Burnin' for You" and "Godzilla," will appear on Thursday, July 4 with the group Misfit Toys. Here Come the Mummies, a Funk and R&B band, best known for their live performances, which band members perform in full mummy attire bandages, will follow on Friday, July 5 accompanied by Shiny Penny. Night Ranger, world-renowned rock band with 17 million albums sold worldwide, will take the stage on Saturday, July 6 with special guest, the Eric Steckel Band, to conclude the festival and holiday weekend. Internationally acclaimed performers, Peter Noone and Herman's Hermits, will be joined by a special guest, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Terry Sylvester, formerly of the Hollies, for Family Day in the Park at The Pavilion on Saturday, July 20. As part of Cyclefest at the Pavilion, Grammy winning country rock band, The Kentucky Headhunters, will take the stage on Saturday, July 27 with special guest Roger's Ritual and the Troy Stone Band.

Nashville-based Rich Mahan & the Cocktail Heroes will perform on Friday, August 2, accompanied by Two Cow Garage, Grifters and Shills, Nashville Regulars, Walker County and Dicky James and the Blue Flames as part of the annual Weberfest at the Pavilion. Continuing the weekend fun and Weberfest, more entertainment and the Food Truck Revolution will take place on Saturday, August 3, featuring The Original Wailers, best known for their work with Bob Marley, performing along with special guests Jason Skaggs Band, Hannah's Pocket, Fossil Generation, No Coast and Rodeo Ruby Love. Sunday, August 4 is Kid's Day and thus completes the final day of Weberfest. In addition to the variety of kid's activities and family fun, Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players, considered one of the "all-stars" of the indie family music scene, will perform at the Pavilion.

Kokomo's own country music singer and songwriter, Sylvia Hutton, will perform for Rhumfest at The Pavilion on Saturday, August 10. Sample local food & drinks from hometown restaurants for the Taste of Kokomo festival on Saturday, August 17 while listening to LoCash Cowboys, featuring songs from their debut album This Is How We Do It, along with the musicians Paul Stout Country, Jason Skaggs Band, Rewind and Inside Out. Pink Droyd (A Tribute to Pink Floyd) will wrap up the jam-packed summer concert series as they honor the legendary rockers on Saturday, August 24 by performing "Dark Side of the Moon" with a laser light spectacular along with special guest The Pete Flores Band.

Complete list of Kokomo Performing Arts Pavilion shows for the summer.

Featuring great performances all summer long, FREE!

 John Ford Coley - Friday, May 3 

Tim Easton - Saturday, May 18 

The Contours with Sylvester Potts - Saturday, June 8 

Georgia Satellites w/ Rodney Collins Band & The Easthills - Friday, June 14

Kokomo Symphony Orchestra (1964: The Tribute to the Beatles) - Saturday, June 22

Kingdom Come Festival - Fri. & Sat. June 28 & 29

Blue Oyster Cult - Thursday, July 4

Here Come the Mummies - Friday, July 5

Night Ranger - Saturday, July 6

Peter Noone and Herman's Hermits - Saturday, July 20

The Kentucky Headhunters - Saturday, July 27

Rich Mahan & the Cocktail Heroes - Friday, August 2

The Original Wailers - Saturday, August 3

Justin and The Not Ready for Naptime Players - Sunday, August 4

Sylvia Hutton (Kokomo singer & songwriter) - Saturday, August 10

LoCash Cowboys - Saturday, August 17

Pink Droyd (A Tribute to Pink Floyd) - Saturday, August 24