Summer Concert Series begins Friday

The Third Annual Moab Free Concert Series kicks off Friday, July 5 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Swanny City Park with Aaron Lee Tasjan, former front man of the New York Dolls. Each show will feature a local opening act. Beer and wine will be available for sale.

Here’s the rest of the lineup:

On July 12, Les Poules Colin from Quebec, Canada bring their unique, modern perspective on traditional Québécois culture. “Their sound is a blend of their strong folk upbringing and North American influences with originals and traditional pieces in both French and English. Songs boast gorgeous vocals and fiddle, lapsteel, banjo, mandolin, piano bass and foot percussion,” said Cassie Paup, event coordinator.

On July 19, the 23rd Army Band of the Utah National Guard will play. The band is internationally distinguished. “They are also a highly trained group of U.S. Army soldiers that maintains combat readiness and is staffed by some of the state’s finest musicians,” said Paup. “The band will bring their 40-piece ensemble to Moab to celebrate veterans and civilians alike. Their varied repertoire includes rock and roll, jazz and swing.”

Closing the series on July 26 will be Shinyribs, “featuring Kevin Russell’s incredible voice, riding high on a river of country-soul, swamp-funk and tickle. A Shinyribs show is an exaltation of spirit. It’s a hip-shaking, belly-laughing, soul-singing, song-slinging, down-home house party. All styles of American music are likely to be touched on,” said Paup. “Russell will entertain you like no one else.”

Funding for the project has been provided by the Moab Area Travel Council and the City of Moab, as well as many additional business sponsors. The series is presented by a coalition of local entities including the Moab Folk Festival, the Moab Arts and Recreation Center, KZMU and Moab Gear Trader. As a non-profit, income earned from beer and wine sales and local sponsorships will be put towards continuing and expanding the series in the future. “The series is a labor of love for music and community from all those involved,” said Paup. For more information, visit www.moabfreeconcerts.com or https://www.facebook.com/moabfreeconcerts/.