Sounds of Summer set to kick off

DALLAS -- The start of the 2009 Dallas Sounds of Summer Concert Series is near -- and it is back with the classics, more variety and a way to give back to the hungry in the community.


Joe Shinkle & 99W open the 2009 Dallas Sounds of Summer concert series on July 9.

Dallas Sounds of Summer Concert Series

at Rotary Performing Arts Stage

Corner of Main and Academy streets

* July 9 -- Joe Shinkle & 99W

* July 16 -- Oyster Shooters

* July 23 -- Ty Curtis Band

* July 30 -- Rhythm Culture

* Aug. 6 -- Touchables

* Aug. 13 -- Gusto Brothers

* Aug. 20 -- Graber, Souter and Rupp

* Aug. 27 -- Johnny Limbo & the Lugnuts


All dates are Thursdays;

events are 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

DALLAS -- The start of the 2009 Dallas Sounds of Summer Concert Series is near -- and it is back with the classics, more variety and a way to give back to the hungry in the community.

Though John Swanson, the city of Dallas' commercial area redevelopment planner, said finding sponsors for the series was a bit more difficult this year, local anonymous donors stepped up to keep music alive in Dallas each Thursday night at 6:30 from July 9 to Aug. 27.

The series kicks off Thursday with Joe Shinkle & 99W. Other returners include the Ty Curtis Band, the Touchables and Johnny Limbo & the Lugnuts. The rest of the lineup is full of groups that will offer plenty of variety.

"Diversity of musical styles has always been a priority for me," Swanson said.

The Oyster Shooters, an old-fashioned rock 'n' roll group from Rockaway Beach, will debut in Dallas Aug. 16. Swanson said one of the band members is a Dallas native and is looking forward to returning.

Another newcomer to Sounds of Summer is the Gusto Brothers, who played during Summerfest last summer. The group from Salem plays rhythm and blues and rock music, Swanson said. They will hit the stage Aug. 13.

"They play some awesome AC/DC covers," Swanson said. "They have a very cool vibe to them."

The Rhythm Culture reggae band will educate the crowd July 30 on music and rhythm of the West Indies. The group from Portland is part of a large non-profit organization that does outreach in schools that have cut music programming, Swanson said.

Dallas will surely benefit from learning the music of other cultures and listening to how rhythm is used in different places, he noted.

"Rhythm is part of every civilization, every culture in every part of the world," Swanson said.

The series hosts one faith-based concert each year. This year that concert will benefit the hungry in the Dallas area.

Wayne Graber, a musician who was part of past crowd-favorite Faithful Heart, will play with his new group Graber, Souter and Rupp. The band and the city have teamed up with P.J. Johnson at the Dallas Resource Center and the Marion-Polk Food Share to host a food drive leading up to and at the concert Aug. 20.

"They just want to help the hungry in these tough times and the need is tremendous," Johnson said.

The food share will leave donation barrels at City Hall, the library and Van Well Building Supply the week before the concert to collect canned and dry food items, Swanson said. The food will be brought to the concert and more collected that evening.

Swanson's bluegrass gospel band The City Boys will open for Graber, Souter and Rupp, who will offer the same kind of music.

Coordinators hope the special evening draws a ton of support from the community and that it will continue in the future.

"I just think this is going to be something special and we will do it every year from now on," Swanson said.


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