Concerts in the Park series returning to Aurora this summer
The shows start at 7 p.m. each night at the Aurora City Park amphitheater. Visitors should bring a chair or blanket for comfort.
Here's who's playing:
Wednesday, July 12, 7 to 9 p.m. – Whiskey Darlings
The Whiskey Darlings is a down home duo from Portland featuring sweet harmonies, acoustic guitars, and mandolin.
When Rob Rainwater and Michele Van Kleef — both popular, local solo performers in their own right — discovered their shared love for singer/songwriter music of the 1960s and '70s, they instantly began crafting original music in the same vein. Rainwater brings his musical background in blues and bluegrass, while Van Kleef offers her stunning soulful vocals and background in rock and folk.
Wednesday, July 19, 7 to 9 p.m. – FM Band
FM brings your favorites to life with high energy, true-to-life renditions of the hits of Steely Dan, Supertramp, Jackson Browne, Queen, Yes, Gary Wright, and many, many more.
The band is Andy Nelsen – vocals/bass, Kevin Burkhart – keyboards, Christopher Latham – guitar, Mark Kent – guitar and Merrill Hale – drums.
Wednesday, July 26, TBA
Wednesday, Aug. 2, 7 to 9 p.m. – Norman Sylvester Band
For the last few years the band has included Norman "Boogie Cat" Sylvester and his bass man from the beginning Rob Shoemaker, drummer Paul Shoemaker, keyboard player Jeff Otto and horn players Peter Moss & Renato Caranto. The Norman Sylvester Band often incorporates one or more female vocalists, notably the energetic & accomplished Lenanne Sylvester-Miller, Sarah Billings, a popular singer and radio personality who fronts her own band and when they can grab a date from one of Portland's most popular vocalists around, the soulful LaRhonda Steele.
The Norman Sylvester Band has shared the stage with BB King, James Cotton, Tower of Power, Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, Otis Clay, Peter Frampton, Mavis Staple, Lil Ed and the Imperials, Junior Wells, Isaac Scott Five Blind Boys of Alabama and WAR.
Saturday, Aug. 12, 7 to 10 p.m. – Papa Smoke
Featuring stellar vocals and tight harmonies "Papa Smoke" is sure to deliver a great show performing your favorite Classic Rock, Country, Southern Rock and Blues. Collectively touring the Northwest for over 35 years and performing with several major artists, "Papa Smoke" has perfected the art of musical performance and engaging an audience.
Enjoy familiar tunes from the likes of the Eagles, SRV, Fleetwood Mac, Kenny Wayne Shepard, Stevie Wonder, Chris Stapleton, Pink Floyd, Beatles, Tom Petty, Lynard Skynard, Marshall Tucker, Bonnie Raitt, Kenny Loggins, and Eric Clapton.
The band is: Butch Kent, lead guitar and vocals, writer, composer; Marcella Troxel, vocals, rhythm guitar, bass guitar, percussion; Aaron Troxel, drums, rhythm and lead guitar, banjo, harmonica and vocals; Mark Troxel, bass guitar, vocals, drums, and humor.