Outdoor series to offer six more performers this summer

MARY STROKA
Freelance Reporter

The Frankfort Chamber of Commerce’s Concerts on the Green series has grown throughout its 29-year history.

When it began, both the performers and audience fit on the stage, said Judy Herder, co-chair on the chamber’s Concerts on the Green Committee. Now it’s really mushroomed,” Herder said. “Each year it grows.”

The free concerts are held at Breidert Green on Sunday evenings in the summer, and the committee brings in several bands for the series each year. Herder said there are regular concertgoers who come to all the events, but often the audience depends on the band. She added that people come from Frankfort’s surrounding communities and even Indiana.

“It’s wonderful to see how many people show up,” said Alicia Joebgen, executive director of the chamber. “The entire green is filled every Sunday.”

So far this year, the lineup has included country and bluegrass musicians, a Celtic and American fusion band and a Billy Joel/Elton John tribute group. ScribbleMonster, a group that has previously performed for events at the Frankfort Public Library, is to begin the entertainment on the evening of Sunday, Aug. 14, with a show geared for children and families.

Rather than having the audience sit and listen to the music, ScribbleMonster encourages listeners to sing and dance along and asks children for suggestions on how the songs are to be played. Jim Dague, vocalist and guitarist for the band, said a lot of the band’s songs are games. “It’s creative play facilitated through music,” Dague said. “It’s no fun for us if we just have people staring at us. It’s kind of like a creative play date and we’re the group leaders.”

Dague said he, Joyce Stuart and Jayne Saniat are to perform at the August concert, which will be their first time at a Frankfort Chamber of Commerce event. Second Hand Soul Band will follow ScribbleMonster onstage. 

Four other concerts are to take place this summer as well. Joebgen said that more than 60 businesses and individuals support the series financially.

“The goal is to have a nice community event where people can come out and enjoy Frankfort,” Joebgen said. “The concerts are a great way for businesses to give back to the community.” 

Herder said Ozinga and Riverside Healthcare were two major outside donors for this year’s series. She added the goal for next year is to include the rock band 7th Heaven, and the committee may organize a “birthday” celebration since it is to be 30 years since the event started. 

In case of stormy weather, concerts are to be held at the Frankfort Park District’s Founders Community Center, 140 Oak St., Frankfort. “The only challenge is the rain,” Herder said. “After you do it so long it’s kind of tradition, but the darn rain, you never know.”