The coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on the community summer concert series as well as larger sites such as Ruoff Music Center.
But some series are finding a way to go on.
The Noblesville Parks and Recreation Dept. kicks off its free series with Indiana native Corey Cox at 7 p.m. July 9 at Dillon Park, 6351 Midland Lane. STAR Bank returns as the presenting sponsor of the series.
“Once the state’s Back on Track Plan was announced, we knew we needed to look at rescheduling any concerts planned for June,” said Kristi Spehler, community development manager for Noblesville Parks. “We worked with the bands that were originally scheduled for June and we were able to reschedule most of them.”
The 2020 Summer Concert Series presented by STAR Bank lineup includes: July 9, Corey Cox; July 16, The Cosmic Situation; July 23, The Nauti Yachtys; July 30, Dave & Rae: Aug. 6, The Doo Band; Aug. 13, Lemon Wheel; and Aug. 20, Groove Smash.
Each of the Thursday night concerts begin at 7 p.m.
The Dillon Park lawn has a capacity of 4,000 people, which allows space for attendees to spread out for social distancing.
Spehler said the department still plans to hold Saturday night concerts at Federal Hill Commons. The schedule will be released in the near future.
Starting in 2019, the Thursday night Summer Concert Series moved entirely to Dillon Park after alternating between Forest Park and Dillon Park. Because of the attendance difference at the two parks, the decision was made to bring more concerts to Dillon Park.
“The Noblesville Summer Concert Series is the longest-running series of its kind in Hamilton County and one of our most popular parks events,” Noblesville Parks Director Brandon Bennett stated.
The Cool Creek Summer Concert Series was canceled this year because of the pandemic.
Christopher Gullion, the park department’s event coordinator, has arranged for two bands that had been scheduled to play in the summer series to perform free makeup concerts, as part of the Concerts in the Centerpiece Extended Series at Coxhall Gardens in Carmel. The special series is slated for Sundays, from Sept. 6th to Oct.11. The two makeup concerts are The Flying Toasters Oct. 4 and The Doo! Band Oct. 11. Performance times are 5 to 7 p.m.
Complete concert details can be found by visiting myhamiltoncountyparks.com or the park department’s facebook page, or by calling 317-770-4400.
“It is more logistically efficient and adds to the continuity factor for fans to set all performances at a single location this fall,” said Don Nicholls, resource development specialist. “Additionally, in staging the Extended Play concerts in an alternate Hamilton County Park, we hope to introduce some guests to a park that they have not had an opportunity to enjoy previously.”
Although the schedule hasn’t been announced, Clay Terrace in Carmel is slated to start its outdoor concert series July 9. It concludes Aug. 27.
The Tuesday Night concert series at Fishers Nickel Plate Amphitheater, presented by IU Health Saxony, that were supposed to start June 2 and canceled.
An announcement hasn’t been made on the Summer Family Concert Series at the Gazebo in Carmel. In 2019, the Wednesday night series began in early June and ended in late September.