This is the fifteenth year of the free Thursday Night Summer Concert Series in Sandstone Park, sponsored by the Lyons Parks & Recreation Department. The event has grown yearly since its inception, and has really taken off this year with the addition of food trucks, the Lyons Farmette’s farmers market, local booths offering massages, and the Lyons Golden Gang selling wine, beer, and soft drinks. The music goes from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., with bands who have ties to Lyons playing for us.
I started booking the bands and helping with their sound almost a decade ago it has been a wonderful, enjoyable time; seeing all the youngsters dancing and running around, and their parents and friends relaxing and enjoying the music. I meant to write this article earlier this summer but something always came up. But I do want to thank Danny Shafer and his band, Jeff Scroggins & Colorado, The Blue Canyon Boys, and Ash & Andria Ganley with Terry Kishiyama for their
great performances so far this year. And I especially want to thank all you Lyons folk for supporting the Sandstone Park series so well again this year with some of the biggest crowds we have ever had.
This Thursday evening, August 22, we have Shotgun Moses, featuring Eric Zilling , John Hunter, Dusty Rider, Jay Allen, Joe Rowinski and Janice Hall all from Lyons, if I’m not mistaken. They play a brand of country music bordering on Rock & Roll sometimes, but always with good taste and great songs from some of the masters of good old country music.
The Ginger Roots are scheduled for next Thursday, August 29, with three fabulous singer/musicians, Emilyn Inglis and Nancy Thorwardson both from Lyons, and Kristina Murray from the band Two-Hearted Jones. These ladies sing sweet and spicy three-part harmonies on songs ranging from bluegrass to country, swing to folk and blues, and originals to boot. They play a variety of instruments including guitar, dulcimer, ukulele, mandolin and percussion, and they are often supported by special guest instrumentalists to spice up the combo.
The Granias, is re-scheduled for Thursday, September 5, due to a rain out on July 18. All four ladies are from Lyons; Jesse Burns (with the Irish super group Gaelic Storm) on fiddle, Annie Sirotniak (producer of High Street Concerts) on guitar, Beth Gadbaw Irish drum (bodhran) and vocals, and Margot Krimmel on Irish harp and vocals. From ancient melodies on the Celtic harp to Irish drinking songs, and rollicking fiddle tunes this band of local favorites are sure to please. I must tell you a funny story as to how they came to be named “Sure It Is The Granias” on the Town’s poster advertising this year’s series lineup. I was asked by Marissa, from Parks & Rec., in an email earlier this summer, for a list of the bands who were playing this year. I answered, “sure it is: The Granias, Danny Shafer’s Band” etc. But, I left out the colon before the names of the bands. The poster was printed, and the band subsequently became Sure It Is The Granias. Since they are an Irish band the “sure it is” worked okay with The Granias as something an Irishman would say, “Sure it is the Granias.” I’m glad the gals and Marissa from the Town have a sense of humor.
I think Dave Cosgrove and Marissa Davis and crew from the Parks & Recreation Department have done a wonderful job of expanding and keeping this free, fun, local event going for so long. And I hope they will be able to keep it going for a long time to come with your support. It has become a meeting and gathering place for local folks to relax, have some fresh food from near-by farms, a family picnic dinner, and enjoy some local music from their neighbors.