LAYTON — Get a musical pick-me-up before you deal with Mondays this summer.
The Davis Arts Council’s Free Sunday Night Concert Series has started up, with family-friendly performances from some of the best-known artists along the Wasatch Front. The concerts are held nearly every Sunday night through August starting at 7 p.m. at the Ed Kenley Amphitheater in Layton.
“We’ve been hitting so many great locals with our Free Sunday Night Concert series,” said DAC Executive Director Kirt Bateman. “It’s really increased in quality over the years.”
The next performance in the concert series is set for June 12, when Ophir Creek returns to the Ed Kenley stage. The group, who plays a mix of folk, bluegrass, and southern gospel, are old favorites on the local concert scene.
Next up is the Great Basin Street Band, an internationally recognized jazz group that has performed at festivals all around the world. They’ll be coming to Ed Kenley June 19 at 7 p.m., with guest artists Emilee Floor, a pianist and vocalist from the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York, and Greg Floor, a saxophonist with the Boston Pops Orchestra.
June 26 will bring audiences on a trip south of the border with the David Correa Group, whose music combines Afro-Cuban and Latin rhythms. Though Correa is popular in San Francisco, this is his first appearance at Ed Kenley.
July 3, the concert series teams up with Layton City to present their annual Voices of Liberty Concert, featuring a variety of performers. On July 10, the comedic barbershop quartet The 4 Hims will combine humor and a cappella vocals for a night of laughs and toe-tapping.
July 17 features 16-year-old Layton pianist Ashton Olsen, who will be performing with the youth violin group The Pizzicato Strings. Code Blue, a band that’s become a fixture on the Ed Kenley stage, will follow in a July 24 Pioneer Day performance.
On July 31, The Kenley Revue Company – Jamie and Nick Balaich, Megan and Luke Flinders, Lindsay and Blaine Hickman, Jana Plowman, Melinda and Jason Taylor, and Matthew Rash – will perform Broadway-style Disney music. Jelena Cingara, once a student at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and now a doctoral student in Piano Performance at the University of Utah, will perform Aug. 7.
Northfront Sound, a men’s chorus who started as a barbershop quartet formed for Rodger’s Memorial Theatre’s final performance of “The Music Man,” will perform Aug. 14. Dee-Dee Darby-Duffin, known for her Billie Holliday and Ella Fitzgerald shows, will hit the stage Aug. 21 with her take on several jazz favorites.
The series will end Aug. 28 the same way it usually does, with a performance by the Ogden Concert Band. The band, which is made up of more than 40 semi-professional and professional musicians from the Ogden area, performs a broad range of musical styles.
All concerts are first-come, first-served, with both physical seats close to the stage and an open, grassy area farther back where guests can bring blankets and lawn chairs. For more information, visit davisarts.org.