ANTELOPE ISLAND -- Live music has officially been added to the list of reasons to visit Antelope Island State Park this summer.
On Wednesday, Friends of Antelope Island agreed to make a $750 contribution to the state park to help sponsor three concerts at Antelope Island's amphitheater.
The amphitheater, which seats about 250 people, is located southwest of the island's visitor center.
The contribution by the Friends group, combined with $750 from state park funds, will pay for the three groups scheduled to perform.
Concert admission is included with the $9 per vehicle park entry fee, said Wendy Wilson, Antelope Island State Park naturalist.
The concerts will begin at 7 p.m. and each is scheduled for a Saturday night.
Wilson said she has been trying to put the concert series in place for several months in order to further promote the island.
"I think it is a good addition for the island fare, but what happens if it grows to include Olivia Newton-John?" Friends of Antelope Island board member Spence Kinard said of the cost to book performers.
Wilson said she will work to book local acts in an effort to keep costs down. The Red Desert Ramblers is a local group that is nationally known, while Boyack and Madson are a mother/daughter acoustical arrangement.
"It is just a way to promote island activities," she said of the concerts.
A count of those attending the events will be tallied at the park entrance where visitors pay the entry fee, Wilson said.
Ron Taylor, a board member of Friends of Antelope Island, initially asked that the board be provided a track record of how many people attend the shows before committing funding.
But Barbara Riddle, president and CEO of the Davis Area Convention and Visitor's Bureau and also a member of the Friends' board, recommended going at least halfway to help fund the cost of the entertainers.
"It's a new dawn. Give it a chance," Riddle told those board members who feared that few people would attend the shows.
The schedule of musical groups to perform this summer at the Antelope Island State Park amphitheater:
* July 7 -- The Red Desert Ramblers.
* Aug. 25 -- The Crooked Boys.
* Sept. 22 -- Boyack and Madson.
All performances are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.