Archive for Thursday, May 26, 2005

Summer concert series tunes up on Friday nights

May 26, 2005

The Basehor Community Library has announced its 2005 Summer Concert Series, with the first concert scheduled for June 10.

The three free concerts will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Fridays during the summer in Basehor City Park, 158th Street and Leavenworth Road. In case of bad weather, the concerts will be held at Basehor-Linwood High School's auditorium.

Jenne Laytham, library assistant director, said the library carefully chooses bands that library employees know will be crowd-pleasers.

"We try to find bands that pretty much play in the area but have a big following," Laytham said.

Kerry Strayer and the New Kansas City 7, a Kansas City swing band with a big band sound, will play the first concert June 10.

The oldies band Krazy Kats will return to the series on July 1.

Finally, the Lonnie Ray Blues Band, another band that has been a big hit with crowds in the past, will play the Aug. 5 concert.

As always, the Basehor VFW Post 11499 will serve concessions, so concert-goers are encouraged to come early and have a picnic with their families in the park.

Laytham said the library also plans to provide door prizes this year.

"It's just such a nice atmosphere out there at the park," Laytham said. "The bands always comment on how pretty it is there."

In the third year for the series, the library has taken strides to ensure that each year, the concerts get a little bigger and better, she said.

"We are going in that direction," Laytham said. "We'll probably have more activities for the kids this year."

Two sponsors for the series are new this year, as well: Lynne Sebree American Family Insurance and Community National Bank.

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