The Herald Bulletin

June 24, 2013

Elwood Concerts in the Park get people up and dancing

Rain not enough to deter concert-goers

By Dani Palmer
The Herald Bulletin

ELWOOD, Ind. — Twice now Mother Nature has tried to thwart Elwood Concerts in the Park. And twice she has failed.

Despite some light rain and dark skies Sunday evening, the Callaway Park concert went on, and most of the crowd remained to listen to jams groovy enough to get people up out of their seats and moving.

Elwood Concerts in the Park Inc. committeeman Joe Barnett said about 400 people came out to enjoy the show before the rain hit. Many stayed to listen even after it did.

Rock ‘n’ rollers the Graveyard Stompers were the second of eight bands lined up to perform throughout the summer at the park. Barnett said the concert series brings in a variety of musical acts, but oldies music seems to be the most popular.

”We want concerts drawing grandkids to grandparents,” he said.

Barnett noted that concerts in the series, now in its fifth year, have been rained out just twice. This year, however, the committee has already seen wet conditions at both of its concerts.

Not enough to use plan B — the elementary school.

The rain didn’t bother Elwood resident Kelly Rush. She lives near Callaway Park and likes to walk over for the concerts.

She had a great view of the band from her lawn chair and joined a few others as they danced in front of the stage. It’s all about having fun, Rush said.

In addition to being a “wonderful” thing for the city, she said, the concert series “gets the community together.”

And not just the Elwood community. This year, people from 37 different ZIP codes have attended the concerts, Barnett said. Some have come from as far north as Huntington.

The first concert of the 2013 series, last weekend, attracted a crowd of about 700.

Ben Capshaw, who just moved to Elwood with his family, said he “didn’t know what to expect” of the Graveyard Stompers, but added that they were entertaining and performed great songs.

”We like it,” he said of the concert series. “It gives us something to do on a Sunday night.”

Elwood Concerts in the Park, Inc. — a non-profit unaffiliated with the city, parks department or chamber of commerce — will be hosting regional bands on selected Sundays this summer from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

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