LIMA — The inaugural Curtain Call Summer Concert Series kicked off Wednesday night inside Crouse Performance Hall at Veterans Memorial Civic Center.
The event was originally billed as an outdoor concert, but threatening weather caused organizers to move the concert to the stage inside the facility.
“We’re using the stage differently. We’re not necessarily using the entire seating hall as we typically would for a regular show so we’ve closed that part off and then we’ve put seats and different standing area rooms on the stage with the performance on one of the wings,” said Jeremy Martinez, director of development at the Civic Center Foundation.
The concert began with a nearly hour-long set from Dan Shafer, a popular contestant on “The Voice.” Crystal Bowersox, from “American Idol,” was up next and Rustgaze Records performers the Ledge Dwellers wrapped things up.
The free concerts will run throughout the summer on Wednesday nights. The only exception is that next Wednesday when Cheap Trick will perform at the Civic Center. That concert is not free but there are tickets still available.
Throughout the summer, the Civic Center Foundation is bringing in live music from area artists such as Moths in the Attic, Samax, Chris Brokamp, Typical Johnsons, Violet Vinyl, Rick Robinson and Mixed Vibes. Organizers are still working on placing the talent with dates on the calendar.
“This is basically a push from the foundation to increase awareness about the foundation and everything that we do during the actual season for the Town Square Live series. It’s just a thank you and also to just increase awareness to some of our donors,” said Martinez.
The idea for a Wednesday evening concert series gives people a way to get over hump day.
“We thought it would be a fun way to entertain the community in the middle of the week. You’ve already made it through Monday and Tuesday. We’re going to hit you with some entertainment in the middle of the week and then you can enjoy the Friday Rally on the Square,” said Martinez.
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