DELPHOS — There was more social than social distancing at Sunday night’s opening concert of the 2020 Music in the Park series at Delphos’ Stadium Park.
This is the 15th year for the concerts, which run every other week.
Kaitlyn Schmit and the Move was the band playing, and they brought out a big crowd of locals and fans.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the bands that were scheduled to perform had to cancel.
“Our opening act was going to be a Rolling Stones tribute act. However, due to a number of cancellations in their schedule, their routing didn’t work out the best, and they couldn’t come to us for this first show,” said Kevin Wieging, a Delphos Rotary Club member.
Wieging was glad the concerts could finally be held.
“It was just a goal to try to get things back to normal and allow people to come out if they felt comfortable and enjoy some music in the park,” Wieging said. “We thought it was important to get things started for summer and to continue the tradition we’ve started over the last couple of years with the music in the park.”
Gene Haunhorst brought his wife and daughter to the concert. He tries to make about three or four of the Sunday night concerts a summer and was happy to finally be able to enjoy the music.
“It’s great. Without a face mask is great,” Haunhorst said.
A scan of the crowd showed no facemasks, as many apparently weren’t too concerned about catching the virus that’s kept us cooped up for the past three months.
Kaitlyn Schmit says the COVID-19 pandemic has kept them from performing in front of big crowds. Last weekend they played at the Celina Moose, and that was the first time they’d played in months, with the exception of live-streamed acoustic concerts they put together.
“We lost a lot of gigs for sure. Between March and May — even well into the summer — we had a lot of stuff get canceled, but we would live stream just acoustic stuff, and it was still a way to get some content out there for the people,” Schmit said.
The next Music in the Park concert is coming up June 28 with Levi Ashba and Coverstone.
In July, it’s Fleetwood 2 the Max on the 12th and Phil Dirt and the Dozers on the 26th.
In August, it’s the Endless Summer Band on the 9th and Zak Morgan and Bloom on the 23rd.
The concerts are all free and begin at 6 p.m.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.