The Elsberry Community Growth Association hosted the first of three free Summer Series concerts on June 23, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the newly named Providence Bank Park at South Third Street and Auburn.
The idea of the Summer Concert Series that is sponsored by Heartland Restoration is to offer a place for residents of Elsberry to enjoy their community and get together without leaving town.
There were easily over 150 people in attendance and more were watching from their yards across the street. Many parents brought their children to the concert, resulting in toddlers throwing balls around the venue and blowing bubbles, providing additional entertainment for the adults in attendance.
“I was very pleased with the turn out for our first concert. The band was wonderful and I think the audience felt the same way. I hope the word spreads about what a great event this is for our community and we have an even larger crowd at our next concert on July 21,” said Summer Concert Series Chairman Adam Heitman.
The performers for the evening was Dakota Pagan, a St. Louis area band known from everything from soul, R&B and jazz to classic rock and pop. The band consists of a singer, lead guitarist, bassist and drummer. The most notable performances included “Superstitious” by Stevie Wonder, and “Hey Joe” by Jimi Hendrix. They stuck mainly to rhythm and blues, but at the end of the night they performed “That’s What I Like” by Bruno Mars.
Over the course of the next two months, two more concerts will be held. On July 21, the Abbey Road Warriors will be making their way to Elsberry and the final performance on Aug. 18 upcoming and local country music star Jake Shafer.
These concert series also offer food and beverages by local businesses and volunteers.
Article by Nathan Miller, intern