Next Columbiana park concert will bring down the House

COLUMBIANA — The popular free concert series organized by the city’s park board is gearing up for one of its biggest concerts this weekend, with The House Band of Youngstown.

The band has performed with Kansas, Eddie Money and Star Ship, and the Michael Stanley Band, among others, and features a variety of musical genres, like oldies, classic rock, R&B and country.

“They are one of our biggest concerts. They are really good,” Park Board member Greg Gustafson said. “We do really well with them generally with donations from the crowd. The sponsors have been very good this year.”

The free concerts at the gazebo in the Harvey S. Firestone Park are made possible through sponsorships from area businesses and organizations, with the Community Foundation serving as the largest sponsor each year.

Money from the sponsorships and donations goes strictly toward the cost of advertising and payment for the bands, and toward future concerts.

The concert series kicked off June 23 with the Route 45 band. The final concert is scheduled for Aug. 25 and will feature the Oak St. String Band.

Gustafson said attendance has been great so far this season, and the weather has been cooperative, with the exception of one concert rained out on July 7. That concert, featuring The Steve Fazzini Trio, has been rescheduled for Aug. 18.

“It’s been a really good summer so far. The weather has played a good part in that. It looks like this Sunday is supposed to be some great weather,” Gustafson said of The House Band’s upcoming performance.

He added that people have been giving good feedback about the concerts.

“It’s doing really well. We are really pleased,” he said.

As always, free ice cream and water was provided by the East Fairfield Methodist Church and Fairfield Ruritan Club during June 30 and July 28 concerts.

Gustafson wished to thank everyone involved in making the series possible and hopes the good turnout continues through the rest of the season.