DALLAS -- Dallas' Sounds of Summer concert series began its ninth season July 8 with the classic rock sounds of the Touchables.
The concerts run Thursdays throughout the summer through Aug. 29. Concerts start at 6:30 p.m.
The summer music series grew out of a number of community building initiatives in the early '90s that were backed by area businesses, the Dallas Rotary Club, Chemeketa Community College and the City of Dallas.
At the behest of the community, members of the Dallas Rotary Club raised the money to build a public performing arts venue for the city.
The land was leased to the city by Polk County and Chemeketa. The two institutions signed an agreement to lease the land, located next to the Academy Building, which they own jointly.
In the summer of 1995, the first Sounds of Summer concert series was held to christen the Rotary Performing Arts Stage. City Manager Roger Jordan said that it is one of the better community activities that came out of that period of activity creation.
"One of the reasons that we constructed the Performing Arts Stage was so that we could have good family activities in the summer, It has become a family oriented event. Kids dancing away and families having picnics. It's just families enjoying each other," Jordan said.
The most popular band in previous years has been Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts. They will be returning this year in the final slot Aug. 26.
The Sounds of Summer Series is paid for partially by the City of Dallas and partially by local businesses. There are 13 major sponsors and 27 supporting sponsors.
More information is available by calling 503-623-9715.