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Free Concert Series — Eclectic Collection of Bands to Play Music on Main

Music on Main Street Lineup

• April 27: Vocal Trash (Pop)
• May 25: CANTA Rhythm and Brass (Latin)
• June 22: Three Kings (Blues)
• July 4: Texas Gypsies (Rockabilly)
• Aug. 24: J.D. Monson Band (Country)
• Sept. 13: Fingerprints (R&B)
• Oct. 26: 2 TONE (Jazz)

For more information, call the Parks and Recreation Department at (972) 721-2501.
An eclectic lineup of artists, bands and talent will delight crowds as the city’s Parks and Recreation Department expands its event calendar to include Music on Main Street events from April through October.

For seven consecutive months, free, family friendly outdoor concerts will take place from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in downtown Irving at Whistlestop Plaza, 200 N. Main St. Irving’s expanded Music on Main Street Concert Series will launch April 27 with the group Vocal Trash. With an emphasis on recycled instruments, this eco-conscious ensemble tours globally on a relentless pursuit to bring people together via the universal languages of song and dance. The concert featuring Vocal Trash will be held in conjunction with Arbor Day activities, also planned for that day.

“To sum it up, Vocal Trash is family friendly entertainment—it’s like ‘Glee’ meets ‘Stomp’—and we have a message in our music that’s hard to miss,” said Steve Linder, Vocal Trash creator and musician. “We perform worldwide and we’re coming to Irving in April, which also is Earth Month. Every instrument on stage is recycled or repurposed. We have a tool box guitar, a gas can guitar, xylophone drums made out of PVC pipes and many other items. We make music in tune with the environment.”

Vocal Trash’s performance will feature break dancers and the group will cover crowd-pleasing tunes like “I Love Rock N’ Roll” and “Footloose” in an outdoor setting. However, from jazz to blues, to Latin, the Music on Main Concert Series is an opportunity for attendees to enjoy a diverse selection of music genres. Outdoor concerts will take place rain or shine, and are expected to drive weekend visitor traffic to downtown Irving.

“We would love for the attendees to visit the restaurants and shop in the downtown area after the concerts,” said Mayor Pro Tem Gerald Farris. “The idea is to inspire patrons to come back, which in turn helps grow more traffic and business in the area.”

Concert admission is free, and the outdoor venue can accommodate up to 2,500 spectators. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome.

Posted April 3

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