The City of Crowley Spring Concert Series is kicking off April 4 with four free concerts at Bicentennial Park.
“It's just something the city provides for its residents to encourage them to come to the park enjoy time together,” said Community Services Administrator Julie Hepler of the family event. “Bring your lawn chairs and blankets, and get there early for a good seat.”
Hepler said a different food truck will be on hand each week for those wishing dinner or a snack and that liquor is not allowed in Bicentennial Park.
Back by popular demand is Me & My Monkey, a Beatles tribute band which takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. April 4.
Performing as the Beatles for over 15 years, the band has played to screaming fans from Dallas to Liverpool, England. Striving to recreate a real Beatles concert, Me & My Monkey work hard to mirror the fab four with George Jara as George Harrison, Rod Bollinger as John Lennon, Paul Sacco as Paul McCartney and Michael Daniel as Ringo Starr, said press statements. Sacco, naturally right-handed, learned to play bass with his left hand to mimic McCartney.
“There were here a couple of years ago and people really liked them,” said Hepler.
Landon Dodd and the Dancehall Drifters will be the featured act Friday, April 11.
Dodd and band travel Texas playing traditional country music and western swing. Dodd said he had the honor of being a part of a country music festival in Caithness, Scotland and also a show in Liverpool, England. Dodd's music is heard on many radio stations in Texas as well as nationally on Willie's Roadhouse on Sirius/XM satellite radio, said a press release.
According to press reports, the Dancehall Drifters are just that, a dance band, that keeps its fans on the dance floor all night. They were named Pure Country Band of the year in 2009 by the Academy of Western Artists (AWA.) In 2011, Dodd was named Male Vocalist of the Year by the AWA.
Also returning to the Stars in the Park stage is the Time Warp Band, on the docket for April 18.
Playing hits from the 70s and 80s, this group of hand picked seasoned artists from an array of musical backgrounds and experiences, is one of DFW's most popular special event party bands, says the band's press report. The concert should be impressive as every show features Time Warp's own full-time sound and lighting engineers combined with professional audio and lighting equipment.
Inviting all to release their inner Free Bird, Little Skynyrd, an authentic Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band, will close out the concert series April 25.
Based in North Texas, the band is comprised of seasoned musicians who grew up playing Skynyrd, love playing their music, and strive to keep their music alive. Little Skynyrd strives to play classic hits as close to the original as possible, said the band's press release.
"Our goal is to make you feel like you are back in the 70's at a Lynyrd Skynyrd concert. With a double guitar assault, rock solid vocals, honky tonk piano, and a thumping rhythm section Little Skynyrd delivers all the passion and energy of the originals, cranking out all the Skynyrd classics," said the press release.
All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. Hepler said the food trucks will arrive in late afternoon to cater to park-goers and early birds to the concert series.