Layton's Sunday Night concerts commence

Friday , May 30, 2014 - 6:54 PM

Nancy Van Valkenburg
Standard-Examiner staff

If a free concert sounds like the perfect way to wrap up a weekend, Layton has a deal for you.

The free Sunday Night Concert Series, a longtime tradition, starts this weekend and continues weekly through August.

Kevin Wade Forbush opens the season June 1. All shows are at the Ed Kenley Amphitheater.

“It’s a really nice Sunday activity,” said Forbush, who last played the series in 2009. “They don’t do rock. It’s meant to be softer, with acoustic music and classical.”

Forbush fits the bill with his easy listening classics from the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s.

“It’s classic soft rock,” he said. “The first group I was ever really attracted to was the Beatles. I liked a lot of their acoustic music, and listened to groups like America and The Eagles.”

Forbush, an Idaho native who now calls Layton home, will perform with two of his daughters. He will do some songs from his self-titled album, released this week.

“I’ll just be doing a variety of songs, and I’ll have a piano player,” Forbush said. “It will be acoustic, and will have the same feeling as the album, but a little more basic.”

Forbush said the free Sunday Night Concert Series is very popular with locals. He hopes he will draw a good crowd despite being in the first concert slot of the season, and knowing people are not yet in the Sunday concert habit.

“It’s a great series,” Forbush said. “(Sponsors) The Davis Arts Council and Layton do a great job.”

All shows are at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Kenley Ampitheater, 403 N. Wasatch Drive. People are invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets.

Here’s the rest of the season:

June 8 — Catherine Carlson: The Songs of Disney

June 15 — Synkofa. Synkofa violinist/director Theresa Ellis is an innovative arranger of traditional and ancient songs, and guitarist/composer Eric McKenna adds original music resulting in Celtic roots music with a gypsy jazz flair.

June 22 — David Correa & Cascada. Correa and Cascada have been entertaining crowds since 1999 with their passionate and distinctive blend of instrumental Latin guitar and world music, combining the Spanish guitar with Afro-Cuban and Latin rhythms.

June 29 — Voices of Liberty Celebration. This patriotic concert is Layton City’s annual gift to the community in celebration of Independence Day. This year’s event will feature the Air National Guard Band of the West Coast.

July 6 — Ophir Creek. This Northern Utah group brings a new sound to folk, bluegrass, and Southern gospel music.

July 13 — Ginger Bess: The Golden Age of Jazz. Ogden singer/actress Ginger Bess and her band have performed on stages from coast to coast.

July 20 — Broadway Around the World. A musical journey is planned.

July 27 — Alan Watts and StickShift. StickShift is a Texas swing, bluegrass, jazzy, country, hot fiddle, stomp-your-feet kind of band. It was created in 2008 by several Weber State University music students.

Aug. 3 — Celena Shafer & Friends. Soprano Shafer has been called a Utah treasure, known for her leading roles with major opera companies and her regular appearances in concert with orchestras including the New York Philharmonic and Chicago Symphony. Celena also performs frequently with the Utah Symphony and Utah Opera, and this month sang the lead soprano role in the company’s production of Mozart’s “Abduction from the Seraglio.”

Aug. 10 — The Dunmore Lasses. This act fuses traditional Irish/Scottish music with the infectious energy of rock ‘n’ roll.

Aug. 17 — Celebration Chamber Orchestra and Cutler Family Fiddlers. The Celebration Chamber Orchestra was formed in 1992 and performs regularly for community events. Opening will be a sibling violinist trio that organizers say practically grew up on the Kenley Amphitheater stage.

Aug. 24 — Code Blue Revival Band. John Diehl and Mark Milligan have been performing the classic music of the ’60s and ’70s, including Simon & Garfunkel, The Beatles, Bread, The Bee Gees, John Denver, and more, for more than three decades.

Aug. 31 — Ogden Concert Band. Thomas Root, the Ogden Concert Band, is in its 18th year of performing at a wide variety of venues, locally and in Germany and Taiwan.

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