It’s beginning to feel like summer. Soon, it will be sounding like summer too as the 18th annual Summer Sounds concert series is set to kick off on Monday, May 25. Taking place every Monday evening through June 22 leading up to the Market Street Allen USA Celebration (Saturday, June 27), the natural amphitheater adjacent to Joe Farmer Recreation Center will feature a variety of different performers from pop to party to classic rock and blues. Thanks to the City of Allen and the Parks and Recreation Department, all Summer Sounds concerts are free, beginning at 7 p.m. with light concessions available for purchase.
May 25: The Allen Philharmonic Orchestra and Symphony Chorus
Starting things off on Monday, May 25, the Allen Philharmonic Orchestra and Symphony Chorus returns for its wonderful Memorial Day concert and tribute event. Not only will you delight in music from contemporary composers, but there will be activities designed to honor our veterans and servicemen and women. As always, the event concludes with a patriotic fireworks show and traditional symphony etiquette applies.
June 1: Moving Colors
On June 1, make way for Moving Colors, a top 40 cover band that promises to keep the party going, engaging all ages for an evening to remember. Known for inventive bucket percussion routines (think Stomp! But cooler) and on-stage acrobatics (guitarist handstands!), their show is not to be missed!
June 8: All Funk Radio Show
Energetic, soulful, and electrifying are among the adjectives that describe the one-of-a-kind, high-energy performances that the All Funk Radio Show is known for. On June 8, the band plans to electrify the Joe Recreation Center amphitheater lawn with hits from the old school as well as the new school. With unparalleled showmanship as well as musicianship, the band has a way of loosening up an audience until everyone is overcome by the urge to get up and dance!
June 15: GoodnGone
Combining modern country-rock guitar work with a touch of classic twang, GoodnGone brings their brand of rockin’ country to Allen on June 15. Performing a great mix of covers "red dirt" artists such as the Randy Rogers Band and "new country" artists such as Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, Jason Aldean and Kenny Chesney, Goodngone is as good as it gets.
June 22: Exit 51
The final concert in the series, June 22, features Exit 51, who specialize in classic rock and blues. Close your eyes for just a moment and don’t be surprised if the music transplants you to a tin-roofed Southern juke-joint or biker bar. Exit 51 is the real deal, performing the songs you know and love, with authenticity and a guitar-driven sound that will have you rocking and rolling the night away.
June 27: Market Street Allen USA Celebration
Of course, just as Summer Sounds wraps up, the Market Street Allen USA Celebration will be here, set for the last Saturday of June (June 27) as has become popular tradition. Featuring a headline performance from five-time Grammy award winner, Michael McDonald, as well as one of the largest and most magnificent fireworks displays in North Texas, you can brace yourself for the biggest and best Allen USA event yet.
For more information on all these great music and other summer happenings, visit AllenParks.org.