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Dancing in the Streets

Summer Concert Series Inspire Northlanders to Let Loose


Article by Rachel C. Murphy

Originally published in Northland Lifestyle

Live music is a magical thing. While anyone can jam on their AirPods alone, the energy that connects a live crowd turns a song into an anthem. So when the weather heats up, the Northland's public spaces become a stage for some of the most talented musicians in the area. 

We are blessed to have performance programs that feature a variety of musical styles from the three-part harmonies of Olivia Fox to the country stylings of Taylor Lynn Cullen to the dance fest that is Cherry Bomb. With so much music to enjoy, all you have to do is perfect your picnic basket game and find a comfortable spot! 


Venue #1: Fence Stile Vineyards and Winery stores its bottled and barreled wine in underground wine caves next to the winery, where the temperature is naturally cool year-round. The winery uses one chamber for event space, including winery tours, live music, speakers, and food and wine events. Their cave series features monthly solo performers in an intimate setting. Each concert ticket includes a glass of wine as well as a two-hour performance. Shows sell out fast so book tickets early at

Venue #2: Zona Rosa Town Square offers open seating for three nights of music. Bring a blanket and stretch out on the lawn outside of Bravo! Italian Cucina. On Thursdays, try your hand at the mic with karaoke with the Troubadour Retrievers. Friday and Saturday nights feature a mix of original artists and cover bands. (The Cars, anyone?) 

Venue #3: Linden Square's Friday night concert series occasionally overlaps with larger festivals such as Whiskey Fest in October. With a permanent band shell and a grassy knoll perfect for relaxing, it's a great location to park the family on a Friday night. Admission is always free and guests are encouraged to bring food and non-alcoholic beverages. Alcohol is available for purchase from the No. 9 Saloon tent on site. 

Venue #4: Macken Park is a great place to take the kids to play or listen to music in the middle of your work day! The Friday Music in the Park Series is entering its 44th year. With music running from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., it's a perfect place to enjoy lunch and music from around the world. Some of the musical styles include Hawaiian, Mexican, jazz, German, and Cajun. 


Band #1: Taylor Lynn Cullen is a 22-year-old singer/songwriter and Nashville recording artist.  Taylor has been writing music since she was 9 years old. By the time she started performing professionally at age 15, she had over 200 original songs written.  Self taught on guitar and piano and currently has five music endorsements; including Daisy Rock Girl Guitars, Kurzweil Keyboards, Ultrasone Headphones, Artist Relations, and The Piano Store.  Her original music is available on iTunes, Spotify, and anywhere music can be downloaded, as well as her own Pandora station. Her long-awaited EP Tennessee was released in June. All tracks were written and composed by Taylor and recorded at WarnerWorks Studio in Nashville.

Band #2: Olivia Fox. In 2016, after a decade as a solo artist, singer-songwriter Lauren Flynn desired to form a new project. She dreamed of creating three-part harmonies within deeply emotive music with a fresh, modern sound. After Lauren met vocalist Aubrey Callahan, the two began working together while searching for a third vocalist. The duo soon added violinist and singer Tiffany Smith. Alongside Lauren’s long-time manager David “DJ” Lee, the group began working with producer Tyler Banks. Tyler helped craft a hybrid style incorporating programmed beats and synth pads with traditional folk melodies, harmonies, and live instrumentation.

Band #3: The Vigil Annie band is a rare gem in KC and has an incredible sound. Featuring a female lead vocal, Gin Dorsey, sets them apart. Vigil Annie is a country western band that will rock today's hottest chart-toppers, and sprinkle in a few true classic surprises! 

Band #4: Joy Zimmerman is a soulful singer-songwriter known for compelling vocals, inventive songs, and engaging performances. A traveling musician based in Kansas City, Joy released “To the Girl”, her sixth album of original music, in April of 2019. Joy is a multi-instrumentalist whose eclectic music might be best described as folk rock with extra helpings of other favorite genres. 


Zona Rosa-All Concerts begin at 6:30

July 5--Drew Six

July 6--Flashback

July 12--Rusty Laffoon

July 13--Vigil Annie

July 19--Olivia Fox

July 20--Just What I Needed (The Cars Tribute)

July 26--The Zeros

July 27--Red Guitar

August 2--Right on Red

August 3--Gypsies, Dreams and Dove (Stevie Nicks Tribute Band)

August 9--High Voltage (AC/DC Tribute Band)

August 10--Big Time Grain Co (School of Rock House Band Opener)

Linden Square-All concerts start at 7 p.m.

July 12--Funk Syndicate

July 13--Landslide & Killer Queen

July 19--Retroactive

July 26--The Phillip Michaels Band

August 9--Steamboat Bandits

August 10--Goddesses of Rock

August 16--Switch

August 23--State Line Drive

August 30--Anne Lee & The Lucky So and Sos

September 13--Gorilla Dance Club

September 14--KC Latin/Jazz Allstars - Fiesta on the square

September 20--Women of Rock, Rusty Laffoon Band

October 12--Lyin' Eyes--Whiskey Fest

Outlaw Jim and the Whiskey Benders

Fence Stile Acoustic Series--All shows start at 1 p.m.

July 28--Laura Lisbeth

August 11--Joy Zimmerman

August 18--Bob Morrison

September 29--Taylor Cullen

October 27--Rick Lally

Macken Park--All shows start at 11:30 a.m. 

July 5--The Blue and Gray Brass Brigade

July 12--Hula-Hale O’Kiakahi

July 19--5 Star Jazz Band

July 26--12th Street Revue

August 2-- A Team String Band

August 9--Turpine Tyme Ragsters

August 16--Hogfish Gumbo

August. 23--PenderBlast Red-e-Mix

August 30--Festhaus Musikanten

September 6--Brad Allen Trio

September 13--Marimba Sol De Chiapas

September 20--Alpen Speilers

September 27--MEL-O-TONES

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