Fairfield High School band to open concert series ‘Groovin’ on the Green’ on May 19

Fairfield’s signature summer concert series, Groovin’ on the Green, will kick off this year’s season on Thursday, May 19 with a performance from the Fairfield High School Band. The concert will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Ben Strickler, community events coordinator, Fairfield Parks & Recreation said it’s an annual traditional to begin the series with the Fairfield High School Band.

“We want to help celebrate the arts right here in Fairfield, and it’s a perfect way to do that. It’s also nice to get back outside, to enjoy the beautiful weather, and the venue is looking gorgeous right now as it always does,” Strickler said.

This is the 14th year for the concert series, and the Fairfield High School Band has performed every year. The series started in 2002.

Presented by Chaco Credit Union, the weekly series will continue every Thursday through September 1. All concerts will be held at at Village Green Park.

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Strickler said one of the main goals of the series is to offer a diverse line-up of music from Country and Cajun to Rhythm and Blues and Classic Rock.

A few of this year’s bands will include The Klaberheads, Robin Lacy & DeZydeco, Parrots of the Caribbean, BlueStone Ivory, Thunderbay, and others.

“There are several acts performing this year that are new to the series, including Ricky Nye Inc., Aftermath, The McCartney Project, Rhythm Jones and Flashbang,” Strickler said.

During the event, beginning on May 26, there are also things for children to do as well as vendor giveaways. Food, beverage and dessert vendors will be on hand, along with business vendors, event partners and sponsors that will have booths set up, such as Hammann’s Catering and Flub’s Ice Cream.

Additionally, the Groovin’ Grill, located on the Fairfield Community Arts Center balcony, will feature a family-friendly dinner service from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and cash bar that will remain open until the conclusion of each concert.

The Groovin’ Grill will open starting with the May 26 concert and continue through the remainder of the Groovin’ concert season. Food will be available for purchase. A standard menu, along with a kids’ menu of hamburgers, hot dogs and a side item will be available each week with various specials that will be offered throughout the summer.

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