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Summer Concert Sees Second Band Performing
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Country Rock band Valley Fire performs at the second edition of the Summer Concert Series in Jacob Myers Park last Friday. Consisting of three guitar players, who all sing, along with a bass player and a drummer, the band hails from Oakdale and played a longer than one hour set to close out the event. Ric McGinnis/The News
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Food vendors, crafts and other items for sale, as well as Shaved Ice and beverages are all available at the Summer Concert Series events on Friday evenings at Jacob Myers Park. The free events also include an hour-long concert to close out the activities, with this Friday promoted as Classic Rock Night, with a Hispanic Night scheduled for June 28. Ric McGinnis/The News

A much larger crowd was on hand for the second night of this month’s Free Summer Concert Series in Jacob Myers Park on June 14. The third installment is set for this Friday, June 21, featuring a classic rock band.

Last week, in addition to the regular vendors on hand, concert goers were treated to the country rock sounds of Valley Fire, a band based in Oakdale.

As usual, festival goers were able to visit the 14 or so vendors, whose booths surrounded the meadow area in front of the stage. The platform is backed with gas generators to power the band and its music, with the river behind that.

The music is aimed northwest, more or less toward Escalon, several miles distant, and away from Riverbank residences.

Friday night’s crowd was considerably larger than the week before, most likely because of fewer competing nearby events, like the American Graffiti activities in Modesto last week. Parking in the park easily reached capacity last week, forcing the gates to be closed from time to time through the evening, with some patrons parking outside and concert goers walking into the facility.

This week, vendor stalls are scheduled to open at 5 p.m. Friday, with the classic rock music of Triple D & Whiskey Skulls performing on the stage from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

June 28 features a Hispanic Night, with music provided by The Galvans.

In addition to the Riverbank Parks and Recreation Department, the events are sponsored by Friends of Jacob Myers Park, Cruisers gas station, iHeart Radio stations, Chicken Ranch Bingo and Flavors, with St. Stan’s selling the beer. The proceeds of the liquor sales will be split with local non-profit organizations.