NEW CONCORD — Celebrate New Concord (CNC) will host a performance by the University of Akron Steel Drum Band on Tuesday, July 20 at 7 p.m. in Village Park in downtown New Concord.
This event is free and open to the public. Audience members are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating. In the event of rain, the performance will be moved into the firehouse at the park.
According to CNC chairman Rod Lang, the group holds the all-time attendance record for the summer series.
“Last year, we had more than 400 people attend this performance, and we’d like to break the record. They were incredibly popular, and we’ve had a lot of requests to bring them back, so our 10th anniversary ‘best of’ season seemed like the perfect time,” Lang said.
The University of Akron Steel Drum Band was founded in 1980 by Dr. Larry Snider. At the time, it was one of only three colleges steel drum bands in the nation.
The band is comprised of undergraduate and graduate percussion students who perform in the ensemble as a requirement for their degree program. Performing for Celebrate New Concord will be a group from the band.
The band's CD, “Live at E.J. Thomas Hall,” was nominated for a Grammy Award. Its most recent CD, “A Kiss For Christmas,” features traditional and Caribbean approaches to yuletide carols.
Celebrate New Concord is sponsored by the Village of New Concord, the New Concord Board of Trade, RENEW, Muskingum University and the members of the Celebrate New Concord Patronage Program..
The Celebrate New Concord Patronage Program allows individuals and organizations to make financial contributions to support the summer entertainment series, which has run continuously since 2001.
Information on the patronage program is available from New Concord Village Hall during regular business hours, or at any Celebrate New Concord performance.
For information on upcoming programs, call the Celebrate New Concord information line at 826-6392.