Plenty of chances to enjoy a wide variety of music are available this weekend in Delaware County.
The Preservation Parks Concerts in the Park series returns Thursday. Big band In Full Swing hits the stage at 7 p.m. at Gallant Woods Park, located at 2151 Buttermilk Hill Road in Delaware.
The 16-piece band based in Columbus has been playing gigs in Central Ohio since it was founded in 2004. According to the www.jazzcolumbus.com website, In Full Swing is known for specializing “in the big band sounds of the 30s and 40s, we also have a variety of dance rhythms, swing charts and more modern tunes.”
The group has played numerous events, including the Gahanna Creekside Jazz and Blues Festival, Worthington on the Green, Westerville Summer concert series, Westerville Fourth Fridays Celebration, Delaware Bicentennial Presidential Ball, Grove City Summer Sizzle, A Taste of Worthington, and St. Michael’s Festival.
Admission is free. Organizers encourage folks to take a lawn chair or a blanket. Refreshments will be available. No alcohol is allowed. For information, contact Preservation Parks at 740-524-8600 or visit preservationparks.com.
The Reaganomics is the featured band as the Polaris Live Concert Series continues on Thursday at the Polaris Lifestyle Center. Showtime is 6:30 p.m. The lifestyle center is located at 1500 Polaris Parkway.
According to the band’s Facebook page, The Reaganomics play “Rock, Pop, New Wave, Dance songs you either remember from when you first saw the videos on MTV or heard the on the radio, or you’ve been hearing them for the first time in TV commercials and movies.”
Founded in 1996, the five-man band from Columbus has performed more than 1,500 shows.
Admission is free. Attendees are encouraged to take lawn chairs and blankets. No sporting equipment, coolers, alcoholic beverages, picnic tables, balloons, pets, or smoking is permitted.
The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium will play host to alternative rockers The Wallflowers and Better Than Ezra on Thursday evening. Doors open at 6 p.m. and concert begins at 8 p.m. at the Water’s Edge Events Park.
The Wallflowers are known for hit singles “One Headlight” and “6th Avenue Heartbreak.” In 1998, the band won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for “One Headlight.”
Better Than Ezra had a No. 1 hit on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart in 1995 with the single “Good” from its album “Deluxe.”
The Village Pavilion in Shawnee Hills will once again be the site of Music in the Village on Friday evening. Central Ohio native Delyn Christian will perform beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Christian, a veteran of more than 30 years in the music industry, covers hits by Joe Cocker, The Beatles, John Prine, Eric Clapton, to name a few, and performs original tunes. He also has his own band, called The Fret Shop Band, and during his career has opened for Heart, Dan Fogelberg, McGuffy Lane, Jim Messina, Donovan, Roger McGuinn, Georgia Satellites, Tanya Tucker, and others.
The former Columbus area radio DJ now makes his home in Woodbury, Tennessee.
Admission is free. The Village Pavilion is located on West Cherokee Street Drive behind the police station in Shawnee Hills.
Westerville’s Jazz at the Amp concert series swings back into action on Saturday. This week’s featured musicians are Deon “Saxman” Yates and trumpeter Cindy Bradley. Yates takes the stage at 6:30 p.m. followed by Bradley at 7:15 p.m.
Yates, a Detroit native, is not only a musician, but also an educator and two-time Emmy Award nominee. He’s worked with rhythm and blues greats like Nick Colione, Brian Simpson, and The Temptations over the course of his career.
Since her debut in 2009, New York City-based Bradley has played everywhere from the River Raisin’ Jazz Festival in Monroe, Michigan to the Dubai Jazz Fest. She’s released four albums during her career.
Admission is free. The Westerville Amphitheater is located at Alum Creek Park, 221 W. Main St.
Wrapping up the weekend is the next installment of the Harmony in the Park series. The Olentangy Men’s Chorus is scheduled to perform at 7 p.m. on Sunday at Bicentennial Park in Delaware.
In case of rain, the show will be moved to the Delaware Community Center YMCA at 1121 S. Houk Road. Those attending are encouraged to take lawn chairs since seating is limited.
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