Courtyard Concerts add something special to weekly lunches

The Arts Partnership is giving Findlay the opportunity to take Tuesday lunches outside in the summer with the Fifth Third Bank’s Courtyard Concert Series. Courtyard Concerts are held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. every Tuesday beginning June 20 through August 15 in Latham Courtyard located at 510 South Main Street. Local musicians are paired with a local restaurant which offers lunch options. Courtyard Concerts are free for the public.

Upcoming dates, musicians and vendors are: 

June 20: Two of Us:  Ryan Hensley & Susan Bright and AJ’s Heavenly Pizza

The Two of Us, featuring Ryan Hensley and Susan Bright, is a local acoustic duo that plays a wide variety of genres such as the Bee Gees, The Beatles, Etta James and even Lady Gaga. Hensley has a knack for transforming classic pop songs into beautiful lullabies with his ukulele.

June 27: Eric Sowers and Cedar Valley

Eric Sowers has won various singing contests across Ohio and performs at local bars, festivals, fairs, private parties, wedding ceremonies and his local church. Sowers performs as an acoustic act and also performs with a full band behind him. Combine Sowers’ unique baritone voice, charismatic smile, sincere modesty, relentless determination and commanding stage presence and it is clear to see why he has caught the attention of so many fans.

July 4: No concert in observance of the holiday

 July 11: Scott Parnell and Stix

Scott Parnell is currently the guitar instructor at Bluffton University, Adrian College, and The Perrysburg Music Center. He has played in many musical groups in many different genres including, rock, jazz, classical, reggae, funk and musical theatre.

 July 18: 732 Electric Duo and The Wine Merchant

The 732 Electric Duo features co-leads Mary Spayd and Glenn Armstrong.  The 732 Electric Duo delivers a tribute show quality performance, while authentically covering a diverse and wide ranging list of songs.  The group appears regularly in community concert series, casinos, festivals, art shows, wineries, live music clubs and venues in several US states.  The music format for the 730 Electric Duo features rock, classic alternative rock, soul, pop, blues rock, classic rock, and jazz rock. 

July 25: FHS Pantasia and Bistro on Main

Pantasia, the Findlay High School Steel Drum Band, performs music for all occasions on steel drums. Since its inception in the spring of 1997, Pantasia has garnered an impressive reputation as an educational and entertaining instrumental music ensemble. Pantasia has performed numerous times throughout Ohio, nationally, and internationally, averaging over 40 performances a year.

August 1: James Adkins and Main St. Deli

James Adkins is a traveling singer/songwriter.  Born in Fredericksburg Virginia, Adkins learned to play guitar from his father and various performers he met along the way.  By the time he reached college age, he decided to study jazz at the University of West Florida.  Adkins has returned to his roots performing bluegrass, folk, Americana, and his own original music.  James Adkins is currently based out of Northwest Ohio, but tours constantly, sharing his music with others.

August 8: Ryan Parker and We Serve. Coffee

Ryan Parker is a singer and songwriter from Ohio. With his guitar, he performs original songs in addition to playing numerous covers in his own unique style of folk, pop and soul. He has been seen at festivals and restaurants playing solo or in the group Violet Vinyl.

August 15: Scott Duress & Sean Farmer and The Gathering

Scott Duress and Sean Farmer are an acoustic duo which has been introduced to the Findlay scene by singing at community events, and local bars and restaurants.

Further information for the Courtyard Concert Series can be found by visiting www. http://artspartnership.com/program-events/ or by calling The Arts Partnership at 419-422-4624. Summer business hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday.

The Courtyard Concert Series is sponsored by Fifth Third Bank, Spectrum Eye Care, The Courier, WKXA, WFIN, 106.3 The Fox, Flag City Title Agency, Hancock County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Heck Rentals, Ohio Arts Council and Dean Sound.