Bands take the summer stage in UH starting in June
Surf Rock, Bruce Springsteen songs, and traditional patriotic anthems will be featured in June as part of the University Heights Summer Concert Series.
The series kicks off on June 13 at Walter Stinson Community Park (2313 Fenwick Road, University Heights) with a surf rock show by the Kahuna Kings and the Lava Ladies. “The Kahuna Kings are a fun throwback,” said University Heights Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan. “They’re a retro party dance band. They’re the perfect lead-off band for our summer concerts.”
The band’s album, Who Wants to Party with The Kahuna Kings, is available at www.thekahunakings.bandcamp.com/releases.
The first 100 kids in attendance at the concert will receive a free University Heights beach ball.
In 1975, Tim Russert and the University Club brought Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band to John Carroll University (JCU). On June 20, Springsteen tribute band Jersey will perform a set with songs from that famous show, including “Tenth Avenue Freeze Out,” “Backstreets,” “She’s the One” and “Born to Run.” They will also perform newer selections. “This show will be a rock-and-roll history lesson,” Brennan said. “Jersey is going to put on a great show for everyone who was at the ’75 show, and those of us who wish we were.”
On June 2,7 the University Heights Symphonic Band (UHSB) will perform its annual Patriotic Show at JCU. “This is always a highlight of our summer,” Brennan said, “and this year will be no exception.”
UHSB performs several times a year at JCU and other venues throughout Northeast Ohio—at concert halls, amphitheaters, music festivals, senior citizen homes, churches and synagogues. Band members come from Greater Cleveland, including Cuyahoga, Medina, Lake and Geauga counties. In addition to professional musicians, performers are also be students, and people in other professions, such as doctors, nurses, professors, music educators, teachers, engineers and accountants.
All shows UH summer concerts are free. For more informations, visit University Heights City Hall on Facebook.
Brennan encourages attendees to arrive at shows early, as food trucks will start serving at 5:30 p.m. The concerts will start at 7 p.m. and run until 8:30 p.m.
Mike Cook is the communications and civic engagement coordinator for University Heights.