The Summer Family Concert Series at the Gazebo in Carmel disappeared in 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic.
But to the delight of the volunteer concert committee, the sponsors and the audience, the series returns with free weekly Wednesday concerts June 2 and runs through Sept. 22. The concerts are from 7 to 9 p.m.
“We’re so appreciative that our community responds well to these concerts, and we have missed them,” said Kelli Prader, a member of the Fountain Square Committee for the concert series. “We’ve had very positive social media buzz. We’re not sure who is more excited for the concert — our planning committee or the fans of this concert series.”
The Carmel Fire Dept. will be on-site with its COVID-19 information booth to hand out information on vaccinations, virus prevention and safety and answer questions from the public. CFD will offer free bottles of hand sanitizer and disposable face masks.
“We are taking COVID precautions by providing extra self-standing hand-sanitizing stations throughout the Gazebo lawn,” Prader said. “Restrooms under the Civic Square Fountain, as well as City Hall, will be provided to the public for access to extra hand washing. We’ve added an extra City Hall lobby attendant, as well as extra cleaning duties to the nighttime City Hall maintenance staff, for a clean environment.”
The schedule includes several audience favorites and two series newcomers, the Nauti Yachtys and Duelranger.
“We are also excited to welcome back our returning bands and their commitment to the success of this concert series,” Prader said. “The first drum beat or strum of a guitar on June 2 will remind us there’s nothing like live music.”
The Carmel Gazebo concert series celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2018.
The summer schedule includes June 2: The Flying Toasters; June 9: Rick K; June 16: Blair Clark; June 23: The Doo: July 7: Duelranger; July 14: 45RPM; July 21: Living Proof; July 28: The Bishops; Aug. 4: My Yellow Rickshaw: Aug. 11: The Woomblies Rock Orchestra: Aug. 18: Country Summer: Aug. 25: Stella Luna & the Satellites; Sept. 1: Mix Tape; Sept. 8: Toy Factory; Sept. 15: The Nauti Yachtys; and Sept. 22: Endless Summer Band.
For more, visit carmelgazeboconcerts.org.