City reworks summer concert schedule
PRESCOTT - The free outdoor concert series that has long entertained music lovers on the Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza will continue this summer, with a few tweaks.
Prescott Special Events Coordinator Becky Garvin said this week despite some confusion over the concert series, the city has every intention of continuing the summer tradition.
Because of the ailing economy, as well as a letter to the editor that appeared in the May 25 Daily Courier, Garvin said she has fielded many calls the status of the concert series.
"I've had numerous calls," Garvin said, estimating that she had responded to as many as 50 inquiries about the summer concerts.
Her response: "Yes, we are in some economic times, and are trying to keep costs down. But we still want to offer the community the same entertainment they had before."
The concert series for years has featured local musical acts.
Beginning on Tuesday, and continuing through the end of August, Garvin said a wide variety of musical acts again will appear. The schedule will include long-time headliners such as the Lynx Creek Cloggers, Mile High Square Dancers, and the Central Arizona Concert Band.
Even so, Garvin said some scheduling changes have sought to bring in a wider variety of performances.
Garvin, who took over scheduling for the concert series this year from the parks and recreation department, said one change involved the Central Arizona Concert Band.
The band previously had played the third Thursday of each summer month, but Garvin said the new schedule would feature the band for just two of those months - on July 16 and Aug. 20. She already had scheduled another band on the June date.
That change did not sit well with band member Anne Badger, who complained in a letter to the Courier, that the city had "usurped" the band's June 18 date.
On Friday, Badger noted that the Central Arizona Concert Band always has attracted a large crowd to the plaza, and she questioned the decision, maintaining that the city made the change "without a good reason."
Even so, Badger said the Central Arizona Concert Band plans to make the July 16 and Aug. 20 dates.
Garvin pointed out that she adjusted scheduling for some of the other acts, and she also added one day to the series. While previous summers featured three concerts each week, this summer's concerts will take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
The concerts will occur on the north side of the plaza from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The first performance on Tuesday will feature Bob Shimizu & the Signal Strength Band.
A full Courthouse Plaza Live Entertainment Schedule is available online at www.cityofprescott.net.