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Shelbyville sets 'Music in the Park' summer concert series

STAFF REPORT

The city of Shelbyville has announced the performers in its 2018 free admission summer concert series called “Music in the Park” which will be held at Blue River Memorial Park in Shelbyville.

This year’s lineup features a strong mix of legendary hits and headliners across a wide spectrum of genres including Hard Day’s Night: A Tribute to The Beatles; Corey Cox, DUDE! and The Easthills.

The annual “Music in the Park” concert series adds to the Shelbyville community’s continual effort to bring entertaining activities for area families.

“The City of Shelbyville is focused on bringing top-of-the-line entertainment each summer,” said Karen Martin, Director of the Shelbyville Parks and Recreation Department, in a press release. “Our city parks are vibrant, and beautiful, and provide fun for the whole family.”

All concerts are family-friendly, ideal for those on a date night or spending time with family or friends. Participants are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets for each evening of entertainment. All concerts are free to the public.

The music series starts on June 16 with DUDE! – a night of ’80s hits. 

DUDE! is one of Indy’s most popular go-to bands for parties, corporate gatherings, weddings and special events. The group is made up of some of the Indianapolis area’s most prestigious musicians playing a mix of unforgettable tunes. For more information, go to dudeindy.com.

On July 20, Corey Cox offers up a night of country music. 

Cox recently released a cover of the song “Strawberry Wine,” his first release since the acclaimed 2015 EP “Light It Up,” a six-song work produced by Thom Daugherty – known in his own right for guitar work in the rock band The Elms and the touring lineup of The Band Perry.

“Strawberry Wine” was originally recorded by Deana Carter, and reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in 1996. One of Cox’s favorite songs, he has given the song a modern feel and a male perspective on the song’s theme of first love.

While on the road and splitting time between his home state of Indiana and Nashville, Tennessee, the past seven years, Cox has shared the stage with many of country music’s biggest stars including Willie Nelson, Dierks Bentley, Darius Rucker, Josh Turner and Chris Young at prestigious music venues, tours, rodeos, fairs and festivals across the country. For more information, go to coreycoxmusic.com.

The Easthills with special guest Doug Henthorn will provide a night of rock and blues on Aug. 17.

The Easthills are an Indiana-based band whose recent album “Fear & Temptation” gained critical praise behind the songs, and accompanying videos for “Mothers & Fools,” “Holiday Women” and “Georgia Pine.” The album also features guest appearances by members of REO Speedwagon, Tesla, Guided By Voices and the Georgia Satellites. 

Doug Henthorn will open the show. Henthorn, formerly of Healing Sixes, has toured and appeared on albums by Joe Bonamassa, John Hiatt and Beth Hart. 

For additional info, go to theeasthills.com and doughenthorn.com.

The final concert will be Sept. 15 and feature Hard Day’s Night: A Tribute to The Beatles.

Since 1996, Hard Day’s Night has been entertaining Beatles fans across the country. Hailing from Cleveland, Ohio, Hard Day’s Night is rated among the top national Beatles tribute groups performing today. The band focuses on performing songs exactly as the Beatles themselves did, four musicians onstage in character as John, Paul, George and Ringo, wearing perfect stitch-for-stitch replications of the suits made famous by the Beatles, with authentic Vox, Hofner, Gretsch, Rickenbacker and Ludwig instruments, playing the world-famous songs note-for-note.

The group is one of the few touring Beatles tribute bands to be invited to perform at the world-famous Cavern Club in Liverpool, England, during International Beatles Week.

For more info, go to harddaysnight.net.