A series of free outdoor concerts are once again planned by Umbrella Arts, a Guttenberg nonprofit. Umbrella Arts leaders have announced concerts and sponsors for the 2017 River of Music season. For the fourth consecutive summer, free concerts will be held in Ingleside Park on Friday evenings, 6-8 p.m., beginning June 2nd and running through Aug. 11th. Concert-goers are invited to join in with a lawn chair or blanket, picnic supper or carry-out if you like (no glass bottles, please).
June 2: The Side Project
June 9: The Friends of Backbone Bluegrass
June 16: Triple Threat
June 23: Michelle Lynn
June 30: Uncle Sam’s Band
July 7: The Steve Moser Family
July 14: Sounds of Nashville
July 21: Guttenberg German Band
July 28: The Love Handles
August 4: Rocktide
August 11: Pizzin’ in the Wind
The summer tradition featuring local talent is made possible by the following loyal sponsors, who have underwritten the event every year: Guttenberg Industries, Brown’s Ford, Kann Manufacturing, Peoples State Bank, and Dr. Michele and Steve Dikkers. In addition, Fidelity Bank, Guttenberg Municipal Hospital and Dan and Merry Berns have made consecutive gifts to the program. New sponsors this year include Guttenberg Motel, Kluesner Sanitation, and the family of Wally and Marj Felland. These ten community leaders make the free concert series possible for Guttenberg families and weekend guests. In addition, Umbrella Arts volunteers help by cleaning up the park after concerts, introducing bands and speaking between sets, and simply being present to assist with any concerns that may arise. These volunteers also pass a freewill offering basket at the concerts to support projects and programs that support the vision that Guttenberg is a place where local art in all its form is celebrated.
Umbrella Arts is a free-standing 501.c3 and membership is open to anyone interested in meeting other arts enthusiasts. Meetings are held in members’ homes on the fourth Tuesday from 5:30 - 7 p.m. and include dinner and a business meeting. For more information or to join, contact board president Karen Riser at 563-880-7240 or by email at Gary_Riser@msn.com.
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