File Photo Concerts in the Park run July and August at Maffeo Sutton Park and the Bowen Park amphitheatre. The concert series features a variety of performers including Kendall Patrick who plays Aug. 8 at Bowen Park.

Free Concerts in the Park series, presented by the City of Nanaimo, runs July and August

Concert series runs at Maffeo Sutton Park and the Bowen Park amphitheatre

Nanaimo parks will be alive with the sound of music this summer.

The City of Nanaimo presents it annual Concerts in the Park, a free music series, during July and August at Maffeo Sutton Park and the Bowen Park amphitheatre.

Deborah Beck, recreation coordinator, said the city continues to offer the free concert series because of its growing popularity. She said community members “really love it.”

Beck said the Bowen Park amphitheatre provides a more intimate space and the groups are chosen that suit that space. She said Maffeo Sutton is a great spot to bring a lawn chair and listen to bigger groups.

“Maffeo is a great location. It’s creating energy in the park,” she said.

Getting people out and connecting is part of the reason the city continues to offer the free concert series.

“It’s a great way to get all the members of our community out. I love just having the community come together and having it available and having it free is just icing on the cake,” said Beck. “It just brings this energy into our parks and open spaces.”

July Tuesday afternoon concerts are 12:30-1:30 p.m. at Maffeo Sutton Park:

Heads Up Music, classic pop, perform July 4.

Jayden Holman and Hope King, a country duo, performs July 11.

Dave Hart, solo instrumental guitar, performs July 18.

Silver and Gold, a classic country rock group, performs July 25.

July Wednesday evening concerts run from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Bowen Park amphitheatre:

The Randle Parker Band; folk, country, classic music group, performs July 5.

The Big Mess, beatbox trumpet group, performs July 12.

Gerry Barnum, soulful roots, performs July 19.

Martin Nolan and Terry Boyle, Celtic music duo, perform July 26.

August Tuesday afternoon concerts are 12:30-1:30 p.m. at the Bowen Park amphitheatre:

Little Crow, a folk and pop group, performs Aug. 1.

Kendall Patrick performs Aug. 8.

Terra Zetto, a continental and pop music group, plays Aug. 15.

Rio Samya, who performs a fusion of Spanish, Latin and world music, plays Aug. 22.

Nice Verdes, a Latin roots group, plays Aug. 29.

August Wednesday evening concerts run from 6-7:30 p.m. at Maffeo Sutton Park:

Sugar and Spice Band performs Aug. 2.

Maverick Cinema, a folk and rock band, performs Aug. 9.

Dr’s of Rock ‘n’ Roll, a classic rock band, performs Aug. 16.

The Clanns, a Celtic rock group, performs Aug. 23.

Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra performs Aug. 30.

For more information, visit www.nanaimo.ca.

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