Originally Published: June 30, 2016 9:55 p.m.
As part of an annual summer tradition, local residents and tourists alike are invited to pick out their favorite tree at the courthouse plaza where they can set up lawn chairs or a blanket, bring a picnic supper and partake of free, live musical entertainment.
The Summer Concert Series, organized through eight local sponsors, including the city of Prescott Office of Tourism and the Prescott Downtown Partnership, started in early June and will go through August. The last event is the Prescott Idol finale on Sept. 1 but those competition performances will take place at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center.
Acts for the coming week will be MuddGroove on Tuesday, July 5, performing as part of the Tuesday night “Jazz on the Square” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. On their Facebook page, the musicians pledge that they will be “bringing some jazz standards as well as our own MuddGroove arrangements of rock tunes.”
Two nights later, July 7, the seventh annual Prescott Idol, northern Arizona’s most popular talent competition, will continue at 6:30 p.m. with as many as 20 contestants competing for a chance to advance to the finale performance. The audience is able to vote on-site, as well as online for a week after each show. The top two vote-getters each week move on to the finale.
Over the course of its history, Prescott Idol has generated 750 contestants and six crowned winners. The 2015 Prescott Idol winner was Gaby Perez.
Come be awed by the range of local talent from musicians ranging from the very young to the quite mature. You might even be tempted to sing along, or even register for a try at your 15 minutes of fame. Singing slots are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis with singers able to register through the website of one of the sponsors, KOLT Country 107.5 at www.koltcountry.com.
The final event of the week, Friday, July 8, will be Doc Garvey’s Remedy, an established four-member band that features musical blends depicting the geographic flavors of such places as Nashville, Boston and Phoenix. The band will play from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
“Seeing Doc Garvey’s Remedy in concert requires a passport to travel into the musical worlds of blues, folk, rockabilly and roots music known as Americana,” reads the band’s Facebook page.
For a full schedule of Summer Concert events, visit www.visit-prescott.com/events-in-prescott-arizona