Sounds on the Town is back for another entertaining season, and we couldn’t be more excited to announce this year’s line up! With a mix of local and regional artists performing different genres of music every week, this outdoor concert series is a must-add to your summer bucket list. All shows are free to the community, so join us every Wednesday evening at 6 PM all summer long to enjoy the performances we have planned for you!
JUNE 5: Teeny Tucker Band (R&B, Soul, Blues)
Teeny Tucker is one of the most talented, dynamic, exciting and creative personalities on the current Blues scene. She’ll be kicking off Easton’s Sounds on the Town concert series with her greatest hits, like Voodoo to Do You! Click to hear a sample of Teeny Tucker Band.
JUNE 12: Divas of the 90s (Disco/90s)
MojoFlo’s Amber Knicole brings you a brand new show: Divas of the 90s! It is a high energy, non-stop celebration of music’s most iconic women. The Divas will guide audiences through decades of unforgettable music in a performance that will leave your heart dancing and your toes tapping! Click to hear a sample of Divas of the 90s.
JUNE 19: Topher James & Biscuit Brigade (R&B/Soul) opening for New Basics Brass Band (Funk/Jazz)
Whether it’s vintage soul or modern blues and R&B, Topher James & Biscuit Brigade delivers. With tons of harmony and horns, get ready to move your feet to the soulful sounds of Topher James and Biscuit Brigade. Click to hear a sample of Topher James & Biscuit Brigade.
New Basics Brass Band echoes America’s oldest sounds, yet stepped fast-footed with modern soul and urgency. After hundreds of live shows, four studio albums, and recording with legends like Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Bootsy Collins, New Basics is in prime form and ready to put on an enjoyable show at Easton. Click to hear a sample of New Basic Brass Band.
JUNE 26: Fool House (90s Dance)
Fool House is the ultimate 90s dance party! Prepare to go back to the golden era of boy bands, pop stars, hip hop and pop punk. Anticipate nonstop sing alongs, party throwbacks and choreographed dance moves. Click to hear a sample of Fool House.
JULY 3: Songs at the Center LIVE! (Singer-Songwriter Variety)
Award-winning singer-songwriter Eric Gnezda hosts a “live” version of Columbus’ national TV series, Songs at the Center, seen on more than 300 stations coast to coast. Joining Eric will be singer-songwriters Nick D’Andrea, Pat Buzzard, Eric Rollins, Lily St. Clair and Enrique Infante. Songs at the Center is sponsored by The James. Click to hear a sample of Songs at the Center.
JULY 10: Ark Band (Reggae)
Ark Band is a St. Lucian reggae band based in Columbus, Ohio. They combine heavenly harmonies with tight, crisp performances. Their repertoire includes a mix of originals and classic reggae covers. Click to hear a sample of Ark Band.
JULY 17: The Fabulous Johnson Brothers (Soul-Rock)
This 7-piece soul-rock band brings a powerful energetic and magnetic stage presence. The Fabulous Johnson Brothers draw their influence from Prince and Michael Jackson to The Red Hot Chili Peppers and The B56s. They perform both original and cover songs. In 2008, the band was one of the top 20 finalists on FOX Television’s Next Great American Band. Click to hear a sample of The Fabulous Johnson Brothers.
JULY 24: Tony Monaco Trio (Jazz) with Byron Stripling Quartet (Jazz Trumpeter)
The Tony Monaco Trio represents some of the finest jazz organ music in Columbus, with hints of hometown organists, such as Hank Holmes, Charles Earland, Jack McDuff and Lonnie Smith. His music captures the tradition and future of jazz organ. Click to hear a sample of Tony Monaco Trio.
The music of trumpeter Byron Stripling draws from jazz and classical influences to create his own style. In 2002, Stripling became the artistic director and conductor of the Columbus Jazz Orchestra. He continues to make guest appearances, present to students and tour exclusively with his own quartet. Click to hear a sample of Byron Stripling Quartet.
JULY 31: SWAGG (Variety)
AUGUST 7: Urban Jazz Coalition (Jazz, R&B, Funk)
Urban Jazz Coalition, with their rhythmic grooves, smooth melodies and funky base lines, have that tight and funky sound that make crowds want to get up and dance. Click to hear a sample of Urban Jazz Coalition.
AUGUST 14: The Menus (Rock)
The Menus were formed in 1983 in a basement on west side of Cincinnati. Front man and lead singer Tim Goldrainer is the key ingredient in capturing their large audience, with a crazy colorful wardrobe, kicking confetti-filled balloons hoisted high over his head, as well as a strong, warm singing style. The excellent guitar work of Stephen Chioi and unmovable bass line of John Castetter add an outstanding mixture in the band’s chemistry. Jimi Orwig’s keyboards give them a thick, full sound, with some wonderful leads and Hammond B-3 work easily noticed on their debut CD, Infinite Recess. Click to hear a sample of The Menus.
AUGUST 21: Yumbambe (Latin/Salsa)
Yumbambe is an ensemble of male and female vocals accompanied by an eclectic mix of authentic percussion instruments. The band includes some of Columbus’ most prominent Jazz musicians, who have performed with many jazz and Latin greats. Click to hear a sample of Yumbambe.
AUGUST 28: Funk Worthy (Funk/Rock/Jazz/Soul) opening for Who’s Bad (Pop)
Rolling on good vibes and vibrant music, Funk Worthy thrives on invigorating grooves and energetic crowds. With elements of funk, rock, jazz-fusion and neo-soul, Funk Worthy’s sound is soulful, powerful and unique, making them a fan-favorite among crowds. Click here to hear a sample of Funk Worthy.
Founded in 2003, Who’s Bad’s live performance is an unrivaled celebration of pop music’s one true king. Their power-packed performance of Michael Jackson’s expansive catalog has ignited crowds on every continent and can only be described as a jaw-dropping, musical must-see. Click to hear a sample of Who’s Bad.
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