DFW is a melting pot of cultures, nationalities and traditions. You can see it in the food we eat, the way we speak and sometimes the clothes that we wear. Nothing is more reflective of this than the music we listen to. The next few months, cities and suburbs throughout the Metroplex celebrate the arrival of summer through a series of free concerts.
Here are a few music series to check out this summer.
Music in the Park/Jazzbreaks - Mesquite
On Monday evenings throughout June, families and friends can enjoy an evening of classical and contemporary music outdoors with the Mesquite Symphonic Band. All Music in the Park concerts will be held at Westlake Park beginning at 7:15 p.m. On Tuesday evenings, guests can enjoy the stylings of the Mesquite Jazz Repitory Big Band and Curt Bradshaw, who will play everything from Latin to Funk. These Tuesday night concert are apart of the Jazzbreaks series at the Mesquite Arts Center which start at 7:30 p.m. Details are on the calendar of events, http://www.realtexasflavor.com/calendar.php.
Dallas Symphony Parks Concerts – Dallas
In an effort to bring the arts to a wider audience, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra is putting on its annual concert series that tours throughout Dallas. DSO will perform everything from jazz to classical. Each show begins at 8 p.m., and the next performance will be Tuesday, June 10, at Paul Quinn College.
For the full schedule, visit tinyurl.com/qhtmchn.
Lakeside Market Summer Concert Series – Plano
Each Saturday in June, local musicians will hit LakeSide Market to play in the parking lot. Bring a lawn chair, slurp a frappuccino and enjoy the stylings of bands such as Blue Tizzy, a vintage rock band, Blaine Mitchell, lead singer of alternative rock band, Treeside and Watersign, a neo jazz/soft rock fusion band. Blaine Mitchell will hit the stage on June 14. Each show begins at 6 p.m.
LakeSide Market, 5809 Preston Rd. Ste 580, Plano
Cultural Music Series/Jammin’ in June – McKinney
The city of McKinney has been bringing the sounds of the Latin and African Diasporas to various parks since May. The Cultural Music Series will continue every other Saturday, with the June 21 performance by Jimbe Afrique at Towne Lake Park. During the alternate weeks, the city welcomes guests into their newest park and amphitheater, Bonnie Wenk Park, every Thursday starting June 12 for Jammin’ in June.
Bonnie Wenk Park, 3050 Virginia Pkwy, McKinney
Summer Sounds Music Series – Allen
Kill your case of the Mondays and visit Joe Farmer Recreation Center for an evening of music, light refreshments and Texas breeze. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and enjoy a range of music from classical to pop. Every show starts at 7 p.m. every Monday night. The next show will be June 9 with a performance by Matt Barron, a guitarist who performs original music as well as pop songs with a transformed, acoustic arrangement.
Joe Farmer Recreation Center, 1201 E. Bethany Dr., Allen
Frisco – Music in the Square
The annual Music in the Square will be presenting music in an array of genres; from Motown and Top 40 to blues and soul. There will even be a band that uses household items for instruments. The music may be different, but every Friday is a party. So, bring a blanket but prepare to dance. The next performance will be Chant Duplantier, a modern twist on a blues, funk and soul fusion. Each performance series begins at 7:30 p.m.
Frisco Square, 6136 Frisco Square Blvd Ste 275, Frisco
Sounds of Lewisville – Lewisville
Started in 1991, this summer music series has included artists that went on to be critically acclaimed such as The Dixie Chicks and Brave Combo. Today, these festivities have made the move out of Old Town Lewisville and into the MCL Grand courtyard. Every Tuesday visitors can listen to a variety of genres from pop and alternative rock to vintage rock cover bands and neo jazz. Each performance begins at 7 p.m.
MCL Grand, 100 N. Charles St., Lewisville
Twilight Tunes – Denton
Celebrating its 21st season of the acclaimed concert series, Courthouse on the Square is hosting this weekly music series. Every Thursday from 6:30 to 8 p.m., visitors can enjoy a show under the stars. Next week’s headliner will be Chris Watson Band, a Fort Worth-based group with a blues/funk sound that’s opened for the likes of BB King, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Train.
Courthouse-on-the-Square, 110 W. Hickory St., Denton
Addison Summer Series – Addison
A step away from Carrollton locals, the city of Addi son is putting on a series of weekly summer events for guests to enjoy. The month of June is all about Songwriter Saturdays. Next weekend, enjoy an acoustic performance from southern rock band, Prophets and Outlaws Trio.
Beckert Park, 5004 Addison Circle, Addison