Concerts in the park bring sweet sounds to Roseville

By: ToLewis, The Press Tribune
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The sounds of sweet music will soon, once again permeate the air around Royer Park as the summer concert series gets set to begin June 19. Mick Martin and the Blues Rockers will kick off Performing Arts of Roseville’s Music in the Park summer series with their blend of original rock ‘n’ roll and an array of blues. “We’re a rock and blues band and we don’t make any bones about it,” Martin said. The show will feature the original Blue Rockers that formed back in 1993 as well as young, local guitar prodigy Connor James. “We like to see the people have a good time and move around and dance,” Martin said. “We’re really looking forward to this because we are really impressed with young Connor James.” Chet Gilmartin, who volunteers for Performing Arts of Roseville, said the Music in the Park series is a great way for people to see that there is quality music for free and the city of Roseville is supporting that. “It’s outdoors in Royer Park and it’s just a really relaxed, laid back vibe,” Gilmartin said. “It’s great music and people really seem to enjoy it.” The free concerts will be held the third Sunday of each month beginning June 19 until Sept. 18. Other bands in this year’s lineup include Capital Pops concert band, which will give a special noon performance on July 4, Super Huey, Steelin’ Dan and the 80z Allstars. Mumbo Gumbo, a local band with a spicy New Orleans flavor, will close out the series on Sept. 18. This will be the 14th consecutive year Mumbo Gumbo has played at Royer Park, and Gilmartin said the band is always a crowd favorite. “We do a lot of outdoor things around northern California, and we always look forward to Royer Park,” said Bill Fairfield of Mumbo Gumbo. “It just seems to be a great way to wrap up the outdoor season.” Mumbo Gumbo features what Fairfield says is one of the best rhythm sections around fronted by two female vocalists. For more information, complete band lineups, dates and times, visit Toby Lewis can be reached at