Sounds of Summer opens in Dallas

Dallas’ Rotary Stage sets the scene for cool beats during warm summer evenings

The Oregon Valley Boys, a Western swing band, will perform on July 14 in the first show scheduled  of the Sounds of Summer at the Rotary Stage in Dallas.

Photo courtesy of Oregon Valley Boys
The Oregon Valley Boys, a Western swing band, will perform on July 14 in the first show scheduled of the Sounds of Summer at the Rotary Stage in Dallas.

DALLAS — If summertime makes you crave hearing live music outside, Dallas’ Sounds of Summer has the cure.

The free Thursday evening series kicks off at the Rotary Stage downtown on July 14 with a lineup including a variety of music, from country to heavy rock and Western swing to blues.

“I really like this year, the amount of different types of music we’re bringing in,” said Chelsea Metcalfe, the executive director of series organizer Dallas Area Visitors Center. “Anyone in town of any age can find something. They are all really good.”

Summertime Music

What: Sounds of Summer.

Where: Rotary Stage at the corner of Academy and Main streets, Dallas.

When: Thursdays from July 14 to Aug. 25. Concerts begin at 6:30 p.m.

Admission: Free.

Of note: A food cart vendor will be open for dinner at 5:45 p.m. before each concert.

2016 Schedule:

July 14 — Oregon Valley Boys (Western swing)

July 21 — Gil Reynolds & Deep Blue (jazz, blues, folk rock)

July 28 — TBA (at the Summerfest main stage downtown)

Aug. 4 — Stolen Rose (rock)

Aug. 11 — Joe Shinkle & 99W (country)

Aug. 18 — Bearwater Band (Americana, country, bluegrass)

Aug. 25 — Johnny Limbo & the Lugnuts (oldies rock ’n’ roll)

Launching Sounds of Summer is the increasingly popular Western swing band Oregon Valley Boys. Metcalfe said the group has been part of the lineup for a few years running.

“The group is fantastic and the crowd loves it,” she said.

Long-time favorites Joe Shinkle & 99W and Johnny Limbo & the Lugnuts are returning, but that pretty much goes without saying.

“There’s always the bands the community loves,” Metcalfe said. “Those are the two regular bands we are proud to bring back every year.”


The rock band Stolen Rose hits the Rotary Stage on Aug. 4 as part of the Sounds of Summer music series.

This summer’s schedule includes one newcomer, Stolen Rose, at the request of the 20- to 40-something crowd.

Stolen Rose is a rock band with style that compares to The Black Keys and the Alabama Shakes.

Lead guitarist Nathan Meyers often plays at Pressed Coffee & Wine Bar in Dallas and has lobbied to play the series for the last few years.

That combined with requests from residents to see an edgier rock band pushed Metcalfe to put Stolen Rose in the lineup.

“It’s a new sound that we haven’t had at Sounds of Summer,” Metcalfe said.

July 28, Summerfest week, is still to be announced, but Metcalfe is hoping to book a band to go with the festival’s theme of “Hawaiian Luau.”

Whatever act ends up filling that slot, it will be performing on the Summerfest main stage on the Polk County Courthouse lawn.

Food will be available each week, provided by a local food cart vendor. So far the schedule includes Blackrock BBQ and El Pique.

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