The weather has turned, and that can only mean one thing: outdoor concerts.

The Bicentennial Park Summer Concert Series is back in New Albany for the seventh season, to be held on Fridays in May, June and July.

Each show, in partnership with 91.9 WFPK, will be held on Friday nights from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. throughout the summer in New Albany’s downtown Bicentennial Park at the corner of Spring and Pearl streets.

The series kicks off May 31 with The Cunning. The Cunning make raw, real, indie rock 'n' roll, firing twin barrels of guitar-fueled stomp and anthemic pop melodies. This year the band have teamed up with producer Lincoln Parish formerly of Cage The Elephant and are releasing two new singles in Summer 2019. With a huge melodic sound that nods to groups like The Beatles and R.E.M. one minute and the anthemic sweep of My Morning Jacket and The Who the next.


June 7: The Powell Brothers bring their brand of Country/Americana to the Bicentennial Park stage. The group is fronted by brothers Taylor Powell and Blake Powell. The band’s music really comes to life in their high energy live show. The Powell Brothers have been selected to support numerous top national acts, including sharing the stage with names like Lee Brice, Billy Currington, Josh Turner, Gary Allan, Granger Smith, Mark Chesnutt, Tracy Byrd, Montgomery Gentry, Suzy Bogguss, The Bellamy Brothers, Pat Green, Cody Johnson, Randy Rogers Band, Jack Ingram and many more.

June 14: When Austin based soul-singer Tameca Jones opens her mouth and sings, jaws hit ground. Her honeyed and powerful vocals have been captivating her hometown for a little over ten years. She began melting faces in 2005 when she joined Austin based band 8 Million Stories as the group’s lead singer and songwriter. The band made a name for itself playing in and around Austin and got a publishing deal with Riptide Publishing.

June 21: The Rachel Baiman Band. Rachel Baiman is an American singer-songwriter and fiddler based in Nashville. Inspired in equal parts by John Hartford and Courtney Barnett, Baiman’s influences span a wide range, but years spent playing traditional music shine through in her firmly rooted sound. For recording and production, Baiman turned to the talents of Mandolin Orange’s Andrew Marlin.

June 28: The Accidentals were named among Yahoo Music’s “Top 10 Bands to Watch” in 2017. Their original songs revealed a band with wide-ranging influences but always true to their orchestral roots. National applause and attention followed, as did acclaimed collaborations with some fellow local artists and independent filmmakers. Other career highlights included scoring arrangements for a 75-piece orchestra to accompany them on their original songs as well as arranging pieces for an opera/dance production with Jennifer and Ryan Lott (Son Lux).

July 12: Appalatin will be playing along with Americana band, Grizzly Goat. Appalatin fluently combine the sounds and styles indigenous to Latin music with that of American folk music, transcending into its own unique amalgamation of truly global music. The six-member band uses all acoustic instrumentation that features classical and steel string guitars; traditional Native wood flutes and pan flutes; harmonica; mandolin; charango (Andean ukelele); bass; and a myriad of percussion (congas, bongos, cajon, maracas, cow-bell and guiro to name a few).

July 19: Hometown favorites Nick Dittmeier & the Sawdusters are a four piece country band with Southern Rock roots. They’ve released three albums prior to the new release; “Extra Better” in 2013, “Light of Day” in 2014, and their first full length “Midwest Heart/Southern Blues” in 2016. The new album “All Damn Day”, is a gritty, collection of songs, full of characters who were developed while staring over the dash of a beat up Chevy van cruising through towns in the South and Midwest, whose better days are behind them. Nick Dittmeier & Sawdusters will be on the road in 2018 and beyond.

July 26: Full Contact Karaoke is the region’s premier live karaoke band that lets you sing karaoke with a full band backing up your vocals. Guests can sign up in advance to sing their favorite songs with a band backing up their every move.

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