Jamestown’s summer concert season is rapidly winding down. The Arts Park downtown will see the Great Outdoors perform this evening from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Then Saturday at the 1883 Stutsman County Courthouse, bring your chairs, because “Old Friends” will close out that venue’s summer music presentations for 2019.

The Arts Center will have an “Open-Mic Night” on the 29, plus many other theatrical, musical and visual arts events over the next months, but school starts at the University of Jamestown Aug. 26 and the Community Bock Party is Wednesday, Aug. 28, downtown. That means an additional 1,000 students will arrive, start classes and begin jobs in town, shop, eat and participate in city events. But first, the block party is the official “get acquainted Jamestown” family event that kicks off classes, another school-year of on-campus events and fewer live events in the Arts Park downtown.

As fall approaches the 1883 courthouse will have some holiday events where it opens the door to the public, and the Arts Center will have classes for adults and kids alike. But summer draws to a close the outside events that gives folks those special opportunities for reunions, homecomings and family vacations. It’s time for the “last hurrahs” of summer to be enjoyed and remembered.

The Great Outdoors, a Fargo-based country band, in its website claims to be “danceable,” and plays a variety of music. The four band members Ramon Gonzalez, Jason Davis, Bill Leingang and Vance Van Wagner play keys, fiddle, guitars and drums. Their website shows lots of color and lights, some nice venues and obviously, lots of sounds. They will rock the park tonight.

At 1 p.m. on Saturday, Old Friends will calm the spirit as well as get your feet tapping as they bring sounds from the mid-20th century to life on the lawn at the 136-year-old courthouse. A hometown favorite, Old Friends always brings in a crowd. This year they will be on the lawn, so bring a comfy chair or blanket and relax in the shade.

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Old Friends is made up of Kerry Wicks on guitar and fiddle, Kenny Gilbertson at lead guitar, Jon Beyer on bass guitar, Jeremy Grey on drums and Mark Urquhart at the guitar.

They bring selections from classic rock to contemporary. The group is a favorite for the Arts Park as well as other public events in the area. Old Friends helped kick-off the 1883 summer music festivities last year and was a given for closing out the 2019 summer of music at the courthouse.

The 1883 courthouse is located at 504 3rd Ave SE in Jamestown. Phone number is 252-1170.

If anyone has an item for this column, please contact Sharon Cox, PO Box 1559, Jamestown, ND 58402-1559.

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