Arts center announces lineup for summer concert series


The start of Southern Indiana Center for the Arts’ Friday Night Live outdoor summer concert season may have been pushed back, but it will still happen.

In accordance with coronavirus guidelines from Gov. Eric Holcomb, the arts center has rescheduled its season for June 19 through Aug. 7.

The series originally had been scheduled to begin in May.

“State guidelines say gatherings of up to 250 people may take place after June 14, following Centers for Disease Control social distancing guidelines,” said Eric DiBlasi Jr., president of the SICA board.

“Our outdoor setting, where concertgoers bring their own chairs and can choose their spot on the lawn overlooking the stage, provides plenty of space for social distancing,” he said. “Face coverings are recommended by the state but not required after June 14.”

DiBlasi said the arts center board hopes area residents will be excited to get out of the house and safely enjoy some fresh air and sunshine along with some great live music.

All shows are from 7 to 9 p.m. and open to all ages at the arts center, 2001 N. Ewing St., Seymour. Admission is free, although donations are accepted. Coolers and outside food are welcome.

The season kicks off June 19 with local band Bad Medicine. The show will feature rock music from a band made up of physicians and staffers from Schneck Medical Center in Seymour.

The remaining schedule includes:

June 26, Sounds of Dreams; big band jazz standards from the 1930s and 1940s as well as some newer tunes

July 3, Past Tense (Eric O’Daffer and Steve Langlais); featuring classic rock and country

July 10, Bomar and Ritter (Mary Bomar and Bob Ritter); known for their close vocal harmonies and guitar work, playing original songs and familiar folk, rock and blues

July 17, Alley Katz Band; Rich Hampton and his band play an eclectic mix of classic rock and country

July 24, Skyline Drive (Joe Persinger and Mike Shelton); rooted in folk tradition, this duo also play some classic rock, country and blues and original songs

Aug. 7, John Whitcomb; this well-known Seymour native led a colorful life as a full-time musician in California, Nashville, Tennessee, and Indianapolis before settling in Nashville, Indiana, and continues to write songs and perform throughout the region

No show was scheduled July 31 to avoid conflict with Jackson County Fair activities. This was finalized before the announcement that the fair has been canceled.

Events will be subject to any future changes in public health requirements.

The Friday Night Live series is sponsored by JCB.

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What: Southern Indiana Center for the Arts’ Friday Night Live outdoor summer concert series, sponsored by JCB

When: 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays June 19 through Aug. 7 (no show July 31)

Where: Southern Indiana Center for the Arts, 2001 N. Ewing St., Seymour

Who: Bad Medicine, June 19; Sounds of Dreams, June 26; Past Tense, July 3; Bomar and Ritter, July 10; Alley Katz Band, July 17; Skyline Drive, July 24; John Whitcomb, Aug. 7

Cost: Admission is free, although donations are accepted

Details: Concertgoers of all ages may bring their own chairs; face coverings are recommended but not required; coolers and outside food are welcome


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