Friday nights during the summer will be filled with music as a part of the Arts in the Park concert series.

Manhattan Parks and Recreation has sponsored the series for more than 40 years.

This year, one of the main concert events is Black Jacket Symphony, an entire symphonic orchestra that performs entire classic rock albums in addition to greatest hits, Zach Bayless, recreation supervisor for the department, said.

“I’m really looking forward to all of them, but Artrageous came a couple of years ago, and I’m so excited to watch them (again),” Bayless said. “They do artwork while they sing and perform, so it’s like a two-in-one. Some of their YouTube videos that I’ve watched have been amazing.”

The concerts start at 8 p.m. every Friday in June and July at the Larry Norvell Band Shell in City Park.

With the recent rainy weather, Bayless said the department is discussing alternate locations for each of the concerts should the need arise, but no locations have been picked yet.

“It’s a family friendly, free event, so it’s a win-win for families,” Bayless said. “We’ll have a few vendors out there at our free concert series, and it should be an enjoyable time altogether.”


Kelley Hunt

The Kansas Music Hall of Fame inductee brings a blend of blues and R&B.

June 14

JahVelle Rhone

and Donald Hayes

Local Rhone brings his jazz talent to perform alongside world-renowned saxophonist Donald Hayes.

June 21


The troupe of 12 singers, dancers and musicians combines music, dancing and humor in their high energy performance.

June 28

GB Leighton

Minneapolis-based Brian Leighton brings his five-piece band for an “inescapable rock and roll spirit.”

July 5

Tonic Sol-fa

This Emmy Award winning group creates an acapella experience.

July 12

Mikey Needleman

K-State graduate Mikey Needleman and his band add their own flair to their setlist of covers of top hits.

July 19

Aaron Lee Martin

Martin uses country and folk arrangement to focus on American themes.

July 26

The Black Jacket Symphony

This symphonic orchestra recreates rock’s greatest albums and hits.

The Manhattan Municipal Band also returns with weekly performances at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through July 16 at the band shell. The band will have a special Fourth of July performance at 7:30 p.m. at the band shell.

City reporter for the Manhattan Mercury