Des Moines picks line-up for summer concerts

By Nayyab Rai - Staff Reporter



Seven different bands will perform in the annual Des Moines Summer Concert series.

The bands are: Borrowed Time on July 11; Flashback on July 18; Longstride on July 25; The ABBAgraphs on Aug. 1; Time Machine Radio on Aug. 8; Danny Vernon on Aug. 15; and The Beatniks on Aug. 22.

 "The concerts are donation-only; no tickets need to be purchased," said Arts Commission Chairwoman Sheri Verburg.

The concerts will be held at Des Moines Beach Park on Wednesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. 

 Choosing bands to play at the concerts is no small feat.

"We solicit names of bands in advance, most local to Pacific Northwest.  A selection committee is formed to meet, listen to bands online, review background and recommend a lineup for the current year," Verburg said.

The concert series is held every year, but that`s not all the Arts Commission does.

"We do bring back certain bands that are highly requested and/or that have resulted in higher donations.  It's our goal, however, to provide this opportunity to [enjoy] a variety of bands and genres," Verburg said.

For a project like this, there is a need for a lot of manpower. 

There are nine commissioners, the city`s events manager, an adviser from Parks and Recreation, a liaison from City Council and many, many, many volunteers, Verburg said.

"The commission was established by the city council and all commissioners apply and are appointed by the mayor," Verburg said.

The Summer Concerts Series has been around for 20 years, she said.

"The Parks and Recreation team managed them until the arts commission was established. This amazing group of community volunteers organizes all the concerts and works extremely hard all year to make them happen," Verburg said.

These festivals and events are meant for families to come together and enjoy some quality time with one another while having fun exploring what Des Moines has to offer, she said.

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