In this 2012 file photo, Chicago tribute band Brass Transit performs as part of the summer concert series. The band will visit Van Wert again on June 27 as part of the Fountain Park Summer Moncert Series sponsored by the Van Wert County Foundation. (TB File Photo)
In this 2012 file photo, Chicago tribute band Brass Transit performs as part of the summer concert series. The band will visit Van Wert again on June 27 as part of the Fountain Park Summer Moncert Series sponsored by the Van Wert County Foundation. (TB File Photo)

VAN WERT - For the thirteenth straight summer, Fountain Park will come alive with music as the Summer Music Series brings hundreds of people to downtown Van Wert. The series is sponsored by the Van Wert County Foundation. Bring your own chair and get ready for great entertainment.

The music-filled Fridays begin June 6 with the return of the beach party band, Papa Doo Run Run. Enjoy the music of Jan and Dean, the Beach Boys, and many other summertime classics while you celebrate that summertime weather you never thought would arrive.

Two weeks later, Tom Rigney and Flambeau comes back to Van Wert with a hot band from San Francisco with a mix of Cajun, blues, zydeco, and New Orleans jazz. Watching Rigney on the violin is a treat itself, and with the band joining in, Fountain Park will truly come alive on June 20.

The next Friday night, June 27 will see the return of the band called the world’s best tribute to the musical group Chicago. Brass Transit will bring the hits of Chicago to life, including Saturday in the Park, Feelin’ Stronger Every Day, and 25 or 6 to 4. You already know the lyrics, the guitar solos and that incredible horn section sound. The last time Brass Transit came to Van Wert, a storm drove the show inside, but barring weather problems, the group will blow the music to the stars!



The next Friday is July 4, and what better way to celebrate Holiday at Home than with a traditional visit from the Lima Symphony Pops Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Crafton Beck. Enjoy the great music that celebrates America, including some extra special surprises this year specially produced for this rousing 4th of July Celebration! Then head to Smiley Park near the airport to enjoy the fireworks - a perfect combination to make your Independence Day celebration extra special.

On the following Friday night, Van Wert will become a suburb of Motown as the smooth sounds of the Motown Sounds of Touch perform in Fountain Park. This band was a top three finalist on the popular television show, “The Winner Is.” The Motown Sounds of Touch are the top Motown tribute band in the country. Don’t plan on sitting quietly and still during this fun show set for July 11.

The incredible harmonies and heartfelt lyrics of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel will be remembered on July 25. That’s when the Guthrie brothers, Jeb and Jock, make a return appearance in Fountain Park as Scarborough Fair. During their last visit to Van Wert, the Guthries fell in love with the town. They are excited to come back to perform some of Simon and Garfunkel’s most-loved tunes.

The 13th annual Summer Music Series closes on Friday night, August 1 with a tribute to one of rock’s top bands. Never Stop Believin’ is the ultimate Journey tribute show, featuring the incredible vocals of Donny Ferrari, who reminds audience members of the looks and the sound of former Journey singer Steve Perry. In the 70s and 80s, fans packed stadiums to hear music like Open Arms, Faithfully, Lovin’ Touchin’ Squeezin’ and Don’t Stop Believing. On August 1, you only need to come to Fountain Park in downtown Van Wert to relive the music with Never Stop Believin’.

All concerts begin at 7 p.m. Food service begins at 5:30 p.m. For more information contact paul@vanwertcountyfoundation.org or call (419) 238-1743.