The 2021 season of Arts in the Park kicks off this Thursday evening, June 3 with Billy-Elton, a tribute band to Billy Joel / Elton John, preceded by a reunion concert of local favorite Dr Groovy and the Souls. Suckers.
Dr. Groovy starts at 6:00 p.m. and Billy-Elton at 7:00 p.m. All AIP concerts are free and take place at the newly renovated Dennis F. Smith Amphitheater in Fox Park. Also on Thursday evening, 20 years of Arts in the Park and the completion of the Wolf Plaza will be celebrated.
Billy-Elton will take you on a timeless journey through the catalogs of two of the greatest singers, pianists and songwriters in the history of pop music. Dedicated to first-rate musicality, Billy-Elton will have Arts in the Park audiences singing to classics such as “Crocodile Rock”, “Only the Good Die Young”, “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting”, “Piano Homme ” and many others.
Don’t miss the reunion of Dr Groovy and the Soul Surgeons, who formed in 1996 with the mission of organizing charity events throughout La Porte County and were one of the first groups to perform at the AIP. They are thrilled to have raised over $ 275,000 for the community during their 22 years. Their performance on Thursday will be dedicated to the memory of their beloved and extremely talented member, Greg Weiler.
The inauguration of Wolf Plaza, in honor of the co-founders of the AIP, Dr. William “Popeye” and Ms. Kitty Wolf, is the cornerstone of the amphitheater expansion project. In five years of construction, Wolf Plaza includes an art pavilion, a concession building, an artists’ suite, indoor toilets and a magnificent amphitheater courtyard. Extensive community support in the form of donations, raffles, FoxTrot 5K Walk / Run, Urban Enterprise Association, People & Songs, Healthcare Foundation of La Porte, La Porte Park Foundation and thousands of volunteer hours made this project possible.
Also on Thursday, Tamara Mounce will lead the singing of the national anthem; La Porte County Poet Laureate Dr Scott Simerlein will read; and Barbara Ebner will exhibit her works. Tacos My ‘Fren’, Digzy Dogz and Faucon’s Icecream food trucks will be on site as well as concessions served by La Porte Slicer Champion Mentors & Mentees.
The June AIP events are made possible by the generosity of the community and June sponsors: La Porte Healthcare Foundation, Unity Foundation of La Porte, General Insurance Services, Wolf Family Dentistry, American Licorice Company and Roxy Music.