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Posted on: May 17, 2019





Expect the same great entertainment this year as local industry, CST Storage, has graciously agreed to continue their title sponsorship for the 2019 season of the Music in the Park Concert Series. The “CST Storage 2019 Music in the Park Concert Series” is slated to begin on Thursday, June 6 and as always is free. The City of Parsons, Kansas is proud to co-present this weekly concert series, located at the Seaton Family Pavilion in Forest Park at 204 S. 13th Street (13th and Broadway.)

Thursday, June 6 kicks off the 2019 Series with Across The Pond - a nostalgic step back in time! This multi-instrument Wichita, Kansas based group is comprised of Front Man/Lead Vocalist; Jay Cape, Big Al Lang on Guitar and Vocals, Jon Weaver on Guitar and Vocals, Jim Beebe on Drums and Vocals, Steve “Tank” Tankersley on Keys and Vocals, Joe Sauer on Keys and Vocals, and Mike Witherspoon on bass.

Across the Pond performs songs made famous by stars from the British Musical Invasion of America from the '60s and early '70s such as the Beatles, The Who, Zombies, Kinks, Herman’s Hermits and many more. Sit back and listen or get up and dance and just breathe in the memories.

The concert series continues with perennial favorites on Thursday, June 13 with a performance of the Community Orchestra. This thirty-five-piece ensemble of musicians from the Southeast Kansas area are under the direction of Scott Nelson, and will present an evening of spirited music. The orchestra plays a variety of arrangements from classical standards to modern-day tunes. Joining the Community Orchestra for a select few numbers will be a large choir of singers from around the SEK region.

Music fans who like their country music played the right way should be sure to check out Bobby Degonia on Thursday, June 20. This Southwest Missouri native comes from a very musical family, and has turned his passion for traditional gospel and country music into a successful career.

Always in demand for his accomplished guitar skills, Degonia is best known for his tenure with country band Livewire. For over a decade Livewire reigned as one of the Midwest’s best bands, playing a mix of working-man’s country hinged with a touch of Southern rock. The band toured nationally and received high praise for their original music and videos.

Bobby Degonia’s band features a line-up of seasoned musicians who compliment Bobby’s country style. You’ll hear the sounds of screaming fiddle along with the cry of the steel guitar, all combining to give you the sound you expect to hear when listening to your favorite country artists like Merle Haggard, Keith Whitley, Alabama, and Garth Brooks.

Thursday, June 27, The J Love Band brings to Parsons one of the hottest Funk, Soul, and R&B bands in the Kansas City area. J Love and her talented band generates energy and excitement everywhere they perform.

Jamie (J Love) Chase (Jamie Roland Pulliam) is joined by her top-notch band members:  Jerrod Foutes, bass, Clarence Smith, percussionist/drummer, Paul Roberts, trombone and piano, James Isaac, saxophone. Their repertoire primarily consists of classic soul and R&B music from legendary artist such as Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers, Al Green, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Etta James and many others. In addition, this all-star group is capable of performing instrumental jazz.

Celebrate Thursday, July 4th with a patriotic musical salute by the Community Band featuring all your favorite marches and anthems. Other activities sponsored by the Parsons Chamber of Commerce will also be held in Forest Park. After the concert, be sure to hang out and enjoy the annual “Fireworks 4 Parsons” fireworks display from nearby Marvel Park. Bad weather cancels this band performance.

Thursday, July 11, Heather Newman Band will bring her brand of Blues to the Seaton Family Pavilion. After a successful solo career and traveling as a vocalist and rhythm guitarist with another group, Heather began building an empire of her own, not only with a new instrument in tow, but a new band as well. Debuting as the Heather Newman Band at legendary Knucklehead's Saloon, the blues trio continued making strides as the year progressed, eventually adding a fourth member to bring a new level to the Heather Newman Band. With the strong leading melodies of Keith Ladd on guitar and Ryan Matthew on Piano/Organ, Heather's steady grooving bass lines lock in Cole Dillingham's deep rooted beats, this group produces a one of a kind medley of various styles such as soul, funk, blues, and rock, with a killer original set. Heather's ever flowing, sultry, emotional vocals makes every show exciting and unique, keeping her loving fans coming back for more.

Be prepared – on Thursday, July 18 when Boo Ray’s dramatic southern sound will draw you in, his voice will have you hanging on every lyric, and his songs will stick with you like a good friend does. Boo Ray is a southern troubadour who has forged & honed his sound in South Georgia honky-tonks, Gulf Coast jukes, Nashville nightclubs & Los Angeles songwriter joints. Hailing from the mountains of Western North Carolina Boo Ray now spends equal time in Nashville, Tennessee; Los Angeles, California; and Athens, Georgia.

Boo Ray says his approach to writing and making records "is like a dirt track race team," where the shorthand and elbow-grease of a few close buddies can squeeze another 25 horsepower out of small-block motor to make a scavenged together machine run a little faster each week." The results will rev you up when Boo Ray and his all-star band hits the stage. Speaking about his newest release…."I've been doubled down, all in, and going for broke as a full-time troubadour and recording artist for 10 years and Tennessee Alabama Fireworks lays it all on the line," says Boo Ray.

Performing together for more than 20 years, the Pruitt brothers' harmony vocal style sets them apart in the contemporary music scene--leading one reviewer to refer to them as the "Everly Brothers of Blues". David's "big guitar" and Dick's howling vocals over soulful, right-on rhythm playing make this trio a powerhouse.Performing together for more than 20 years, the Pruitt brothers' harmony vocal style sets them apart in the contemporary music scene--leading one reviewer to refer to them as the "Everly Brothers of Blues". David's "big guitar" and Dick's howling vocals over soulful, right-on rhythm playing make this trio a powerhouse.The CST Storage 2019 Music in the Park Concert Series comes to close on Thursday, July 25 when 7 Bridges:  The Ultimate EAGLES Experience returns to Parsons with their stunningly accurate tribute to the music of the Eagles. Using no backing tracks or harmonizers, 7 Bridges faithfully re-creates the experience of an Eagles concert from the band’s most prolific period. Every show features one brilliant hit single after another with some mighty Don Henley and Joe Walsh surprises sprinkled into the mix. 7 Bridges offers the perfect blend of songs to capture all levels of Eagles devotees.

7 Bridges is a tour-de-force of talent combining incredible musicianship, vocal precision, and a stage presence that has garnered them nationwide acclaim. The band features Jason Manning as Glenn Frey, Keith Thoma as Don Henley, Bryan Graves as Randy Meisner/Timothy B. Schmit, Rob Evans, as the eccentric and unpredictable Joe Walsh, Blake Hall as guitar wizard Don Felder, and Vernon Roop as Joe Vitale, the often unsung hero of many Eagles studio albums and live performances.

The CST Storage 2019 Music in the Park Concert Series is managed by the City of Parsons, with administrative assistance from Labette Community College. Promotional assistance has been provided by the Parsons Chamber of Commerce and Labette County Tourism. As always, the concerts are free of charge. Bench seating and picnic tables are available, but individuals are encouraged to bring their blankets and lawn chairs. Please remember no alcoholic beverages or glass containers are allowed in the park.

So mark your calendars, the CST Storage 2019 Music in the Park series begins on Thursday, June 6, and runs through Thursday, July 25. Concerts are located at the Seaton Family Pavilion in Forest Park, 204 S. 13th Street, Parsons, Kansas.

All concerts start at 7:30 p.m., and concessions will be available beginning at 6:30 p.m. For 2019 Blade and Co. and Genelle’s Kettle Korn of Parsons will serve as the official concessionaires of CST Storage 2019 Music in the Park.

In case of severe weather conditions, the concerts will be moved to the Parsons Municipal Auditorium, 112 S. 17th, (three blocks west of the Seaton Family Pavilion) with the exception of the July 4th concert, which will be canceled. For more information, phone (620) 421-7032, visit parsonsks.com, or our Facebook Page “Music in the Park Concert Series – Parsons, Kansas.”



June 6 – Across The Pond (60s & 70s)

June 13 – Parsons Community Orchestra

June 20 – Bobby Degonia (Country)

June 27 – J. Love Band  (Funk, Soul & R & B)

July 4 - Parsons Community Band (Patriotic Favorites)

July 11 – Heather Newman Band (Blues)

July 18 – Boo Ray (Americana)

July 25 – 7 Bridges – The Ultimate Eagle Experience

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