Cool Creek Summer Concert Series starts this week


By Sam Robinson

The Cool Creek Summer Concert Series is kicking off its 21st year with five concerts between June 12 and July 17. The concerts start at 7 p.m., and gates open at 6 p.m. Tickets for each concert are $5. Children under 12 get free admission.

The Cool Creek Summer Concert takes place at Cool Creek Park at 2000 E 151st St. in Westfield. Don Nicolls, Hamilton County Parks and Recreation’s resource development specialist, organizes the concerts so that they are both family friendly and fun.

“It’s a family based time,” Nicolls said. “Whether you’re three or 103, you’re going to have a lot of fun.”

Polka Boys is playing on June 12. Polka Boys blends traditional polka music, which features brass instruments and accordion, with modern pop songs. “It’s a group of grown men who play polka like you’ve never heard before,” Nicolls said.

Zanna-Doo! will play June 19. The band describes itself as a “high-energy dance band” that mixes several genres of music according to its website. Husband and wife duo Cook and Belle will play June 26. Independence Day weekend won’t have a concert series, but they’ll pick up again the following week with The Flying Toasters on July 10 and Toy Factory on July 17.

The concert series will also feature a free bounce house, rock wall climbing and face painting. Nicolls said that what sets this series apart from other concerts is the nature setting.

“It’s in an actual setting on a pavilion lawn,” Nicolls said. “Unlike Klipsch, which is artificially built, here you’re actually in nature.”

Nicolls said that each year the concert organizers pay attention to what audience members enjoy and take feedback into consideration when they plan the event the following year.

“It’s grown in popularity every year,” Nicolls said. “It’s hard to put it on, but everyone loves doing it.”