The Journal Gazette
Friday, May 24, 2019 1:00 am

Free summer music series

COREY MCMAKEN | The Journal Gazette

With the arrival of the summer event season, there are plenty of things planned to get you outside. Check Weekender each week for festivals, concerts and more of what's going on in the area.

To get you started, here are some free outdoor music series happening in the area. Grab your chairs or blankets and head out for the fun. Dates and times are subject to change, especially due to weather.

Lunch on the Square

The Downtown Improvement District organizes the weekly lunchtime concerts that run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursdays (except July 4) at Freimann Square at Clinton and Main streets. Food trucks will be on site.

June 6: John Durnell

June 13: Alicia Pyle Quartet

June 20: Shade Jonze

June 27: Mike Conley

July 11: Joe Justice

July 18: Todd Harrold Duo

July 25: Blue Pluto

Aug. 1: Sunny Taylor

Aug. 8: Will Certain

Aug. 15: Jen & the Foggy Creek Band

Aug. 22: Shelly Dixon and Jeff McRae

Aug. 29: Damon Mitchell

Friday Nites Live on the Lawn

The concert series takes place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fridays at Jefferson Pointe, 4130 W. Jefferson Blvd. Previously held at the fountain, the concerts move this summer to the lawn next to AMC.

June 7: Junk Yard Band

June 14: Hubie Ashcraft

June 21: Heady Times

June 28: Urban Legend

July 5: The APQ Harmonic

July 12: Brother

July 19: Fort Wayne Funk Orchestra

July 26: reGeneration X

Aug. 2: Jen & the Foggy Creek Band

Aug. 9: Unlikely Alibi

Aug. 16: Todd Harrold Band

Aug. 23: Ty Causey

Aug. 30: Good Night Gracie

Rock the Plaza

The Allen County Public Library hosts this concert series from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturdays on its downtown plaza, 900 Library Plaza. Pets are not allowed. Concerts will also be streamed on the library's Access Fort Wayne channel (Comcast 55 and Verizon 25) and radio station WELT 95.7.

June 8: Zen BBQ, Gregg Bender, El Camino Hot Tub, Grateful Groove

June 15: Gaucho, Marnee, Monarch, Dave Todoran & the Mobile Home Wreckers

June 22: Frog Hollow, Todd Staszak, the Kickbacks, Unlikely Alibi

June 29: Uncle Muscle, Adam Strack, Morning After, Brother

July 6: PlumDingo, Basketcase, Three Cities, Exterminate All Rational Thought

July 13: Big Jaw, Chilly Addams, Daily Driver, Country Heart

July 20: APQ Harmonic, Phil's Family Lizard, Sunny Taylor Band, Moser Woods

July 27: Bending Mercury, Craig Guy, The Humanity, Walkin Papers

Aug. 3: 906 Band, Susan Mae & the New Yesterday, Kerosec, Jon Durnell Band

Aug. 10: Mojo Rising, Insta Gators, Bonsai, Joey O Band

Aug. 17: Bad Hombres, Brian Lemert, Damon Mitchell, URB

Aug. 24: OLC, Paul Stephens, Secret Mezzanine, Pop N Fresh

Lunch on the Plaza

Allen County Public Library will also host a lunchtime concert each month from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on its downtown plaza. Food trucks will be on site during the concerts.

June 12: New Millennium Jazz Orchestra

July 10: Fort Wayne Funk Orchestra

Aug. 14: The Bergamot

DeKalb Outdoor Theater Summer Performance Series

The following events at the theater, 301 Center St., Auburn, are free with donations accepted. Times are 7:30 p.m.

June 7: Soul'd Out Quartet

June 14: Auburn Actors Theater

June 21: Black Kat Moan

June 28: Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Patriotic Pops

July 19: The Bulldogs

July 26: The Joey O Band

Aug. 2: Audie Blaylock and Redline

Aug. 9: Choice Band

Foellinger Theatre Community Concerts

Events are at the outdoor theater in Franke Park, 3411 Sherman Blvd. The theater will not have its movie series this summer.

June 11: “Side by Side,” Fort Wayne Area Community Band, 7:30 p.m.

July 9: “The Best of the Best,” Fort Wayne Area Community Band, 7:30 p.m.

July 25: New Millennium Jazz Orchestra, 7:30 p.m.

July 26: Fort Wayne Children's Choir, 7 p.m.

Aug. 13: “Pop Rock Legends 2.0,” Fort Wayne Area Community Band, 7:30 p.m. 

Kehoe Park Summer Concert Series

Bluffton Parks and Recreation hosts concerts in Kehoe Park, behind Dutch Mill Plaza on Indiana 1 in Bluffton. The rain site for concerts is Bluffton High School, 1 Tiger Trail, Bluffton.

June 14: Creedence Revived

July 12: Parrots of the Caribbean

July 21: 45 RPM

July 28: Old Crown Brass Band

Aug. 2: Heartache Tonight

Aug. 4: Cornfield Mafia

Aug. 11: Little Big Band

Aug. 18: Woodsmen Quartet


Sweets So Geek's free movie series will move to the shop's new location, 6722 E. State Blvd.

June 2: “Men in Black”

July 20: “The Karate Kid”

Aug. 17: “Big Trouble in Little China”

Sept. 7: “Batman”

Oct. 5: “The Addams Family”

Summer Album

The return of fun in the sun means the JG Summer Album is back. Share your photos with us this summer by emailing Corey McMaken at or posting on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with #JGSummerAlbum. You photos might be published in a Journal Gazette story later this summer!

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