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Friday Night Concert Series Comes To A Close
The Galvans band percussion section forms the basis of its Hispanic-based music. With timbales, a full drum set and conga drums driving the beat, some concert goers at Jacob Myers Park were inspired to become dancers as well. June 28 marked the end of the four-week Free Summer Concert Series in the park.
Taking the stage for the summer series finales, the Galvans band was the featured act on the closing night, June 28. Here, leader Saxman Don takes a turn on the flute, as his group performs a series of Hispanic themed music for the evening.
The Galvans band features multi-instrumentalists, with most members playing several instruments. Here the timbales player takes a turn on the accordion. And several sang as well. The Free Summer Concert Series events were put on by the city Parks and Recreation Department and sponsored by the Friends of Jacob Myers Park, St. Stan’s Brewery, Flavors Riverbank, Cruisers gas station, Chicken Ranch Casino and iHeart Radio.

Timbales and congas augmented the drummer which provided the beat for the band The Galvans at Jacob Myers Park on Friday evening, June 28.

A six-piece band, The Galvans feature musicians who double on multiple instruments. Guitar/bass and keyboard players traded off and leader Saxman Don not only sang lead on most songs, but played both saxophone and flute. And the timbales player also sang as well playing accordion.

The music performed thus featured sounds from south of the border, reinforcing the Hispanic Night-themed evening’s event and getting members of the audience on their feet and dancing to the music, as well.

It was the final week of the Free Summer Concert Series which was offered each Friday in June by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department in Jacob Myers Park.

The series was also sponsored by the Friends of Jacob Myers Park, St. Stan’s Brewery, Flavors Riverbank, Cruisers gas station, Chicken Ranch Casino and iHeart Radio.

Each week, the events started with vendors opening at 5 p.m. They included local small businessmen and women, including Paparazzi, Color Street, Lularoe, Candle Making Mamma, Scentsy, and Maddison Monro Boutique.

It also included LipSense, Customized Creations, Rainbow Health Professionals, 31 Gifts and Between The Almond Trees. Also presenting were Country Girl Lashes, About Face-face painting and an AMF Foto Booth.

In the realm of food, Taco Fiesta and Catering sold from a tent area and Kona Shaved Ice was dispensed from a mobile truck.

And though the concert series run has seen its final show, free activities will continue for Jacob Myers Park in July, with a movie night scheduled for the same area of the park as the concerts.

While all other park activities will close at their normal times on those evenings, the movie showings will begin after sunset, about 8:45 p.m., according to officials.

The first free movie is scheduled for this Saturday, July 6.

“Wonder” follows a boy with Treacher Collins syndrome trying to fit in, and was released in the United States on Nov. 17, 2017. It received positive reviews from critics and audiences, and grossed $305 million worldwide on a $20 million budget. At the 90th Academy Awards, the film was nominated for Best Makeup and Hairstyling.

A second free movie night is set for Saturday, Aug. 3, when the film “Coco” will be shown.