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Beat the heat with these local concerts

Stave off boredom this summer with concerts in the Monmouth/Independence area

Chrys Weedon | Entertainment Editor

Summer in a small town can often get lonely and boring — especially in a college town, when everyone has gone back to their hometowns for the season.

But the good news is, you can break the summer monotony with the public summer events the cities of Monmouth and Independence provide for their citizens, detailed below.



Every summer, Monmouth has a summer “music in the park” series. Each Wednesday, starting July 10 and ending Aug. 28, a different band will be playing in the Main Street Park Amphitheater. All concerts begin at 6:30 p.m., and the bands cover a wide variety of genres. Attendance is free, and wine, beer and food will be available. Pets are discouraged.


July 10: Ted Vaughn Blues Band

Genre: Blues

July 17: Brass Roots Movement

Genre: New Orleans jazz

July 24: Garcia Birthday Band

Genre: Grateful Dead tribute

July 31: Midnight Serenaders

Genre: Swing

Aug. 7: Coming Up Threes

Genre: Celtic

Aug. 14: Cascade Crescendo

Genre: Jamgrass

Aug. 21: Tezeta Band

Genre: Ethiopian Funk

Aug. 28: The Resolectrics

Genre: Rock


More information can be found at under the “things to see and do” tab.



The Independence Amphitheater in Riverview Park will be the location of the Independence “River’s Edge Summer Series,” a lineup of concerts and movie showings free to the public. Opening bands will begin at 6:30 p.m. and headliners at 8:30 p.m. starting on July 12 and occuring every Friday until Aug. 16. Movie showings will occur every Thursday starting on July 11 and lasting until Aug. 15. Movies in July will begin at 9:45 p.m. and movies in August will begin at 8:30 p.m.


Concerts (headliners):

July 12: Erotic City

Genre: Prince tribute band

July 19: Shoot to Thrill

Genre: AC/DC tribute band

July 26: Appetite for Deception

Genre: Guns & Roses tribute band

Aug. 2: Who’s Bad

Genre: Michael Jackson tribute band

Aug. 9: Ty Curtis

Genre: Blues-rock band

Aug. 16: Triple Shot

Genre: Heart, Pat Benatar, and Bad Company tribute band



July 11: “Bumblebee”

July 18: “Wreck It Ralph 2”

July 25: “Aquaman”

Aug. 1: “Signs”

Aug. 8: “Back to the Future”

Aug. 15: “Captain Marvel”


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