Summer is the time when everyone feels like soaking up the sun and being social. Plus, families are on the lookout for new activities to occupy everyone during summer vacation. Don’t worry! This season, Mason and Deerfield have you covered with Red, Rhythm and Boom, Music in Mason, the Kid-Friendly Concert series and Kidchella.
July will truly be a month of music in Mason and Deerfield, kicking off on July 3 with the annual Red, Rhythm and Boom celebration. This year, the festival will feature national touring acts Daughtry and Echosmith. Music in Mason concerts will be held throughout July and August at the Mason Downtown Plaza and the CourseView Restaurant.
Every Wednesday in July, Deerfield Towne Center will be hosting the Kid-Friendly Concert series on the outdoor stage. This series will feature some of the best children’s entertainers from the region and provide opportunities for both children and adults to join in on the fun. If your family enjoys these concerts, make sure to also check out the Kidchella music festival at Cottell Park Aug. 11.
Take advantage of these great outdoor music festivities this summer!
Mason Downtown Plaza
753 Reading Road
Located in the heart of Mason, the Music in Mason events held here will offer live music as well as food, beverages, kids activities and more.
6042 Fairway Drive
Located within the City of Mason Golf Center, the CourseView Restaurant offers a diverse menu, live music and a full bar.
Deerfield Towne Center
5503 Deerfield Blvd.
Deerfield Towne Center offers multiple shopping, dining and cinema viewing options, as well as live outdoor events for the whole family.
5847 Irwin Simpson Road
The site of the Kidchella music festival, Cottell Park offers playgrounds, a walking path, picnic shelters, catch-and-release fishing and more.
Location: Pittsburgh, Pa.
Appearing: July 19 at Mason Downtown Plaza
Michael Christopher crafts country-rock in the contemporary spirit of Dierks Bentley, Toby Kieth, Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean. "We play all over the map at every event imaginable, but this is our type of show,” Christopher says of the Music in Mason concert series. “We feed off the audience and what they want. If they want Johnny Cash, we'll play Johnny Cash. If they want Garth Brooks or Luke Bryan, we can play it all. We love what we do, and we can't wait to bring the party to Mason!"
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Appearing: July 24 at Deerfield Towne Center
Genre: Children’s Rock
The Shazzbots offer a unique children’s musical experience. “We play upbeat original music of all styles and encourage the kiddos (and parents) to dance and clap and stomp,” says bandleader Ian Hummel, aka “Captain Captain.” The Shazzbots are known for their three-time Emmy award-winning TV show and a unique live show including puppets, elaborate stage designs and matching jumpsuits. Hot off the release of their newest album, Lightspeed!, the Shazzbots will be performing as part of the Kid-Friendly Concert Series.
Location: Middletown, Ohio
Appearing: July 26 at Mason Downtown Plaza
Scotty Bratcher began playing guitar at the tender age of 2 and has never looked back. Taking early inspiration from guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughn, Scotty’s music is steeped in the sound of vintage electric blues. “Some of the greatest music that ever happened was in the '60s and '70s,” he says.” As a writer and a guitar player, that’s what I pull from.” Though Scotty is still a young musician in the early stages of his career, he has already shared the stage with an impressive list of artists including Blue Oyster Cult, Buddy Guy, Foghat, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Joe Bonamassa and many others.
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Appearing: July 31 at Deerfield Towne Center and Aug. 11 at Cottell Park
Genre: Children’s Singer-Songwriter
Grammy-nominated artist Zak Morgan offers unique storytelling and wordplay to audiences young and old. His interactive live performances promote positivity and encourage children to read, imagine and believe in themselves. “I’m looking forward to returning to Kidchella and the Kid-Friendly Concert Series this summer,” Zak says. “I’ll be singing lots of fun, interactive songs, including new ones about firefighters and Fiona the hippo!”
July 3, 4 p.m.
Red, Rhythm and Boom
Mason Municipal Campus, 6000 Mason Montgomery Road
Featuring carnival games, bounce houses, interactive inflatables, food vendors and live musical entertainment from Daughtry and Echosmith.
July 19, 8 p.m.
Kaydee and the Wingmen
CourseView Restaurant at Mason Golf Center, 6042 Fairway Drive
An evening of classic rock and folk styles.
July 24, 10 AM
Deerfield Towne Center, 5503 Deerfield Blvd.
The Shazzbots will perform their special brand of children’s pop-rock.
July 26, 6 p.m.
Downtown Block Party
Mason Downtown Plaza, 753 Reading Road
This is the final summer concert at the Downtown Plaza, with entertainment from pop cover band Hi Fi Honey and blues guitarist Scotty Bratcher.
July 31, 10 a.m.
Deerfield Towne Center, 5503 Deerfield Blvd.
The final Deerfield Towne Center Kid-Friendly Concert of the summer, with pop tunes for kids by Zak Morgan.
Aug. 11, 1 p.m.
Cottell Park, 5847 Irwin Simpson Road
An outside children’s music festival featuring crafts, food, shopping, giveaways and more. The featured performers of this year’s Kidchella include Zak Morgan and Jennifer Ellis.